Call her the model for lumberjack chic. Singer and songwriter Skylar Grey, who has penned songs for the likes of Eminem and P. Diddy, uses her Wisconsin roots as a style muse. “My fashion sense is inspired by living in the woods, because it’s where I came from,” she said, adding that she has a penchant for plaid and ripped denim. “I like to wear something that reminds me of home, but I do it in a fashion-forward way.” The artist’s unique look caught the eye of Steve Madden, who chose her for his Summer Music Concert Series this year. Her latest album, “Don’t Look Down,” hit stores last month and features collaborations with Eminem, Big Sean and Travis Barker. The singer said she’s enjoying working with her newfound connections. “It’s a group of people I would have never had access to a couple years ago,” she said. Here, Skylar Grey talks retro fashion trends and what she’d like to do beyond music.
Earliest music memory: “Learning ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and singing it for my grandma in the nursing home. I just remember that it made her very happy. I was always singing since I was a little kid. By the time I was 6, I was on stage performing.”
If I weren’t a singer I’d be … “I’ve always dreamed about working on music for film. I’d love to do some type of collaboration with a movie director, like Quentin Tarantino. That would be really cool.”
My first concert: “Alison Krauss, and that was amazing.”
Favorite city to visit on tour: “I like going to Chicago because my family is close by. Sometimes they drive down from Wisconsin to see me.”
Fashion trend I’d like to see come back: “I love the grunge era of the 1990s. I’m trying to bring it back myself.”