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Eric Bellinger
Eric Bellinger
Contemporary R&B songwriter and singer Eric Bellinger is the grandson of Bobby Day -- a musician known most for the 1958 number two hit "Rockin' Robin." A Compton, California native, Bellinger starred as a running back on his high-school football team and was offered a scholarship to play for and attend the University of Southern California. Around the same time, the Epic label presented him with a recording contract. Bellinger opted to go with music, but his career advanced as a songwriter rather than as an artist. From 2009 through 2013, he co-wrote dozens of songs for high-profile artists, including two cuts on Chris Brown's Grammy-winning F.A.M.E., Brandy's "Without You," and Justin Bieber's "Right Here." Two of his biggest hits came with Usher's "Lemme See," which reached number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Brown's "Fine China," a number ten R&B/Hip-Hop hit. Meanwhile, Bellinger worked on solo material, such as In the Meantime and the three-volume Born II Sing series of mixtapes. In 2014, he released The ReBirth with appearances from past collaborator Sevyn Streeter, Kid Ink, and Sage the Gemini. Its Kriss Kross/Ohio Players-sampling "I Don't Want Her," featuring Problem, was released as a single. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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