Idolator & Gap Skylar Grey

In case you missed our announcement yesterday, Idolator and Gap are throwing a summer celebration at Los Angeles’ shopping mecca The Grove this evening (May 9), and you’re invited. Singer-songwriter/all around hit-maker Skylar Grey will be at the shindig to perform songs from her upcoming Kidinakorner/Interscope debut LP Don’t Look Down, ahead of the album’s July 9 release date.

You know Grey’s name from her songwriting contributions in recent years, not the least of which include Eminem and Rihanna‘s “Love The Way You Lie,”  Dr. Dre‘s “I Need A Doctor” and Cee Lo Green’s current single “Only You.” (By the way, ever listened to Skylar’s own, haunting version of “Love The Way You Lie”?) She recently paired up with Em once again for her playful and poppy early 2013 single “C’mon Let Me Ride,” before offering up the much more dark “Final Warning” last month.

Like current chart sensations Imagine Dragons, Skylar was signed by British producer Alex Da Kid, who raved to Idolator about Grey in 2010: “To me she’s an amazing artist. She plays like nine or ten instruments. She writes amazing songs. She’s the real deal.”

Upbeat pop, introspective ballads, hip hop-influenced tracks — yes, Skylar’s upcoming album Don’t Look Down should prove to be quite a flavorful mix of sounds. “It was really hard for me to settle on one genre,” the singer told us last month. “It’s actually impossible for me to do that… I feel like I’ve landed on something for this album that I’m really proud of.”

Music aside, you can get a feel for Skylar’s summer fashion sense via the Gap threads she’s wearing above — a combo of “sexy boyfriend shorts” and a striped sweater.

Don’t forget to RSVP for tonight’s in-store performance by Grey at the Grove Gap in Los Angeles.