Ester Dean has spent the past few years penning hits for everyone but herself. Since 2006, the singer/songwriter has built a resume packed with chart-topping singles including Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Katy Perry's "Firework." But after a few false starts to her singing career, the 26-year-old is ready to take the spotlight.
Following her big-screen debut in movie musical "Pitch Perfect," the Muskogee, Okla., native is prepping her studio debut, "Story Never Told" (Interscope), which is currently without a street date, though it was completed five months ago. The disc will be led by the single "How You Love It," featuring Missy Elliott, but Dean drummed up buzz by closing 2012 with a self-financed video for slow jam "Baby Making Love." She's also prepping a mixtape for later this winter. She's flirted with solo success before-2009 single "Drop It Low" with Chris Brown peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100-but now, she's prepared to go full swing.