Dray Skky

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Dray Skky
Dray Skky Singer Songwriter with Skky Music.jpg
Background information
Birth name Andrea Y. Hicks [Skcih]
Also known as Skky, Ms Drea, Dray, Skcih
Born July 8, 1978
Origin Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Skky Music LLC, A1 Records, Sony/Red
Associated acts Trick Daddy, Brisco (rapper), DunkRyders, UnTuchabel
Website www.SkkyMusic.com

Dray Skky is an American songwriter born in South Carolina, and raised in Miami, Florida.

Nicknamed "Skky" by affiliates in the urban market who knew her as a songwriter/vocal arranger, she debut her vocal abilities on Trick Daddy's December 2006 album release Back By Thug Demand. Rumors quickly spread in the Fall of 2007 that Skky had signed with Dunk Ryder Records, teaming up with Trick Daddy, Iceburg, Fella, and Soup for what would have been an unstoppable combination for the South.[1]

The rumors came to a stop when DunkRyder's (the group) signed with Cash Money/Universal and Skky was not part of the deal. In an interview Skky said, "At the time, I wasn't pursuing a singing career, I was more focused on my writing and Trick knew that. In fact, I was actually writing and developing a friend who wasn't the strongest writer, but had an amazing vocal talent. I really wanted to see her be successful.

In 2008, Skky was commissioned to write for an independent pop/rock artist that was signed to A1 Records. The demo provided by Skky included her own vocals, which captured the attention of the label's CEO, James Goosby. In March of 2009, after hearing more of Skky's catalog, Goosby convinced Skky to enter a recording contract to release the song "Catch 22", featuring Brisco with Poe Boy Entertainment and produced by GoldRush with Dunk Ryder Records. The song collaboration took place 6 months prior to Skky meeting Goosby, so it was quickly mastered and set for a May release date. The song was rumored to have leaked two weeks early, but the response was so positive, it sparked the decision to proceed with the music video.[citation needed]

Skky filmed the video for "Catch 22" in May 2009 which features Brisco, Tiffany (BET's College Hill South Beach), and K.O.(Alexandra "Lexi" Heller, Shaun Brown, Meagan Crawford , and Rickey Pierre]], Skky's official dance team).[2]

During an interview with WEDR (Miami Florida Radio Station) Skky refused to confirm or deny rumors that she parted from her label due to bad dealings from James Goosby, the label owner. Simply stating that the two parted amicably and that James (whom she called "Rev") continues to seek her advise on other artists that he has signed, or considered signing.

In 2010, Dray Skky and her Manager officially formed Skky Music LLC, an Artist Management, Artist Development Company.[3] In the fall of 2010 Skky Music LLC, began developing a group of artists that aspires to join Skky's Management Division (1) Mirani Starr [Female Rapper], (2) Sariyna [Female Singer], (3) UnTuchabel [Male Rapper], (4) Top Flight Generals [Male Rap Group].

Two of Dray Skky's acts were offered recording contracts in 2011 by an independent label. That in label dissolved unexpectedly due to the death of the label's CEO.[4] The loss of "Big Duke" combined with the birth of her first son Skky decided to take a break from the music industry for a while.[5]

Early life[edit]

Dray Skky was born in Columbia, South Carolina to Mary Williams and Clifton Hicks. She signed to Millie Lewis Modeling Agency at the age of five and for two years she starred in various department store commercials and advertisements. In elementary school, Skky developed a passion for writing poetry and short stories. When she moved to Carrollton, GA in the third grade, a childhood friend, who played the guitar, convinced Skky to add melody to her poems. This is when Skky realized how much she enjoyed the art of songwriting.[6]


Personal life[edit]

Skky and her husband Harry have two sons. Harry also had 3 other children from prior relationships.

Influences[edit]

Dray Skky indicates on her website that some of her influences are: Michael Jackson, Yolanda Adams, Beyoncé, Faith Evans, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, and Prince.[6]

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