49: Ester Dean – Powerful Women of 2013
Like Bruno Mars and Keri Hilson, Ester Dean got her start in the business as a songwriter. After penning a hook for Young Jeezy, she was immediately signed to Zone4/Interscope in 2009. Dean then went on to write or collaborate on songs for some of today’s chart toppers including Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Bass,’ Rihanna’s ‘S&M’ and ‘What’s My Name’ featuring Drake and Katy Perry’s ‘Firework.’
Dean eventually released her first single, the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Drop It Low’ in 2009. The song, which rose to No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was part of LeBron James’ documentary, ‘More Than a Game.’
She also appeared on the ‘Rio’ soundtrack and was one of the voices in “Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ However, Dean made her presence known by co-starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow in the 2012 film ‘Pitch Perfect,’ where she got a chance to put her own spin on ‘S&M’ during one of the film’s performances.