Ester Dean, who was born in Muskogee and raised in Tulsa, continues to write pop hits for other artists.
Dean, whose debut album Story Never Told is rumored to be released sometime this year, has previously written or co-written massive hits for Rihanna (“S&M, “What’s My Name”, “Rude Boy”), Katy Perry (“Firework”), Nicki Minaj (“Superbass”) and MGK (“Invincible”), among others.
Recently, Dean co-wrote Selena Gomez’s No. 1 dance song “Come and Get It”, along with production team Stargate. The song recently won a Teen Choice Award and has been nominated for Best Pop Video at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards.
George Lang of The Oklahoman calls the song “a stutter-stop raga-pop pounder …punctuated by strategic bass drops and a maddeningly gooey chorus”.
Since Dean is so prolific, we’ve compiled some of her recent songwriting successes below.