Sean Garrett

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Sean Garrett
Birth nameGarrett Robin Hamler
Also known as
  • The Pen
  • The Bottle
BornAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
DiscographySean Garrett production discography
Years active2004–present

Garrett Robin Hamler, known professionally as Sean Garrett,[note 1] is an American record producer, rapper, singer and songwriter. He is known his songwriting work on a series of commercially successful R&B and hip hop songs, beginning with Usher's 2004 single "Yeah!". Peaking atop the Billboard Hot 100, Garrett co-wrote five other songs which did so—"Goodies" for Ciara that same year; "Check on It" for Beyoncé, "Run It!" for Chris Brown in 2005; "London Bridge" for Fergie, "Grillz" for Nelly in 2006—as well as 17 other singles that peaked atop the UK Singles, US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, or Dance Club Songs charts.[2] Throughout his career, Garrett has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.[3]

His other notable songwriting credits include Beyoncé's singles "Diva", "Video Phone", "Get Me Bodied", and "Upgrade U", as well as Destiny's Child's "Soldier", "Lose My Breath", and "Girl", The Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons", Chris Brown's "Wall to Wall" and "Gimme That", and Summer Walker's "No Love". His songwriting is often in tandem with productions by Swizz Beatz, Polow da Don, or Bangladesh.[4]

As a recording artist himself, Garrett has guest performed on the Billboard Hot 100-top 40 singles "What Them Girls Like" by Ludacris in 2008, "Break Up" by Mario in 2009, and Nicki Minaj's 2010 debut single "Massive Attack". His debut studio album, Turbo 919 (2008) was released only in Japan by Interscope Records. He then released the singles "Get It All" (featuring Nicki Minaj) and "Feel Love" (featuring Drake or J. Cole) in promotion for his debut mixtape, The Inkwell (2011).

Early life[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he moved with his family to Europe when he was four. His father was in the U.S. military and they never stayed long in one place. He transferred between army bases across Germany and England. He performed in talent shows that led to a recording contract with Ariola or BMG when he was 17.[5] A few years later when he returned to the U.S. and began writing and recording songs. Garrett insisted he was an artist, not a songwriter but went back to school, graduated from college with an A.A. degree in business from the University of Maryland's program in Germany. He then took a job as a mortgage broker in South Carolina.


Garrett embarked on a career as a performer. His debut album, Turbo 919, was released June 21, 2008, on his Bet I Penned It Music imprint, through Interscope Records. Garrett's catchphrase, which is featured in multiple songs he has produced, is "Smash on the radio, bet I penned it".

Ludacris appeared on Garrett's debut single, "Grippin'". In return,[citation needed] Garrett was featured on Ludacris's "What Them Girls Like", alongside Chris Brown. He also wrote and produced a song called "I Did It for Love" for South Korean pop singer BoA for her first eponymous English album. Garrett is featured and appears in the music video. In March 2010, Garrett released the first single from his mixtape The Inkwell, "Get It All", which features Nicki Minaj. The lead single for Garrett's 2011 album previously titled Courtesy Of, was released February 4, 2011, featuring J. Cole entitled "Feel Love". In April 2011 the single entitled "In da Box" featuring Rick Ross was released.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Turbo 919
  • Released: August 28, 2008
  • Label: Bet I Penned It Music, Interscope Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Inkwell[6]
  • Released: August 24, 2010[7]
  • Hosted by DJ Green Lantern
  • Formats: Free download
  • Label: Bet I Penned It Music, Interscope Records


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(featuring Ludacris)
2007 40 Turbo 919
"6 in the Morning"
"Lay Up Under Me" 2008
"Get It All"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
2010 83 The Inkwell
"Feel Love"
(featuring J. Cole)
2011 49 Non-album singles
"In da Box"[9]
(featuring Rick Ross)
"Twilight Zone"
(featuring Trey Songz and Future)
(featuring Migos)
"Look on Your Face"[10]
(featuring Lil Yachty)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap US Dance
"What Them Girls Like"
(Ludacris featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett)
2008 33 17 8 Theater of the Mind
(Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Garrett)
1 Greatest Hits
"I Did It for Love"
(BoA featuring Sean Garrett)
2009 19 BoA
"Break Up"
(Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett)
14 2 DNA
"Massive Attack"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett)
2010 122 62 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Up in My Heart"
(featuring Gucci Mane)
2009 102 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Street Light" 2008 Plies Da REAList
"Rock You" Jesse McCartney Departure


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ He is often referred as "The Pen" and less frequently "The Bottle" in his guest appearances.


  1. ^ "Sean Garrett Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Sean Garrett Talks Crafting Chart-Topping Hits, Verzuz, Working with Beyonce, Summer Walker & More". November 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Sean Garrett | Artist |". Grammy Award. November 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sean Garrett Tells It All: The Story Behind His Classic Hits".
  5. ^ "Sean Garrett". Discogs. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  6. ^ "Sean Garrett – The Inkwell Hosted by Dj Green Lantern // Free Mixtape @". August 24, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Sean Garrett ‒ The Inkwell (Mixtape) | Advent Outpost at the Wayback Machine (archived August 28, 2010)
  8. ^ Sean Garrett Billboard
  9. ^ "In da Box (feat. Rick Ross) - Single by Sean Garrett". iTunes Store. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "Sean Garrett Recruits Lil Yachty for Sultry 'Look on Your Face' Video: Exclusive Premiere". Billboard.
  11. ^ "2009 Soul Train Awards". Rap-Up. November 4, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2020.

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