We’ve seen a few sides to Keri Hilson up until now — there’s the catchy songwriter for pop’s massive stars like Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls. The there’s her vocal guest appearances on just about every Timbaland song for the past year that slowly helped her gain mainstream notoriety, which she’s managed to successfully parlay into her own budding solo career. Still, the songs we’re accustomed to hearing from Ms. Hilson have remained pretty stylized with slick production.
So, when I stumbled upon this acoustic performance of “Knock You Down” from Billboard.com, I immediately fell in love. This is exactly the type of performance video I’ve been waiting to see from Hilson. Admittedly, it’s taken me quite a while to warm up to her talents over the last year (almost to the day), my turning point being when she dropped the “Turnin Me On” Remix with Lil Wayne. There was a certain swag about her in that song, pure confidence, that as a solo artist, she was lacking up until then.
Subsequently, all that’s come from Hilson since has furthered my belief that she’s just now hitting her stride as a solo artist and the future is very bright. For folks who might be on the fence about her – I think this video will dismiss any doubts about her talent and prove that Keri Hilson is the real deal. The question is, can she find a way to showcase her vocal talents more rather than relying on the easy club-banger? I sure hope so.