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Over the weekend, my friend Katrina and I had lunch with singer/songwriter Sean Garrett whose latest penned hit "Papers" for Usher is #1 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Sean was such a gentleman, treating us to lobster and seafood at Atlanta's famed Fish Market restaurant. I learned a lot about the man who Jay Z nicknamed "The Pen". Did you know that Sean wrote Chris Brown's first hit "Run It" or that he penned one of two hits that Kelis will always be known for, "Bossy"? I also didn't know that Sean started his career as a singer at age 15.
He also wrote "Goodies" for Ciara, "Lose My Breath", "Check On It" and Soldier" for Destiny's Child, "Gimme That!" for Chris Brown, "London Bridge" for Fergie, "Ring the Alarm" and "Upgrade U" for Beyonce, and the stellar list of hits goes on and on.
I had a great conversation with Sean about his childhood growing up in Europe. We also talked about the music industry, his son Chris, 11, and industry skanks who try to take him for his paper.
Speaking of which, Sean Garrett is a millionaire which makes him probably the most eligible bachelor in Atlanta! I told Sean that my female readers (as well as a few industry execs who I spoke with) find him very sexy!
Sean is a sharp dresser and his love for everything Louis Vuitton is quite evident. He was dressed fly in Louis from head to toe. Sean told us that while on a college tour last year, he gave away a new Louis Vuitton bag at every show. How many artists can do that?
He also spoke very highly of Beyonce, saying that she was a better singer than most studio artists. He bigged up Bey over the objections of my friend and I who begged to differ! Sean said that while Monica's voice is "retarded", Beyonce was the greatest entertainer. He was very impressed with her overall work ethic. At one point he said, "It takes a lot to sing and dance at the same time. I have to tell Beyonce to dumb it down in the studio. Beyonce is the sh*t!"
After lunch, as we were leaving the restaurant, Sean invited me to the studio to see how he creates a #1 hit. Then he handed me $40 cash to tip the valet for both his Porsche 911 Turbo and my vehicle. He's such a gentleman!
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Photos by Sandra Rose taken on my Sidekick