Angela Hunte

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Angela Hunte
BornBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OriginBarataria, Trinidad and Tobago
GenresPop, R&B, soca, rap
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Years active1985–present

Angela Hunte-Wisner, known by the stage name Angela Hunte, is an American-Trinidadian singer-songwriter, and producer. She is best known for being a contributing writer for Empire State of Mind, with Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, a song which won her a Grammy.[1] She has collaborated with several international acts and is currently working on her debut album, citing influences from such artists as Phil Collins, Shirley Bassey, Sting, David Bowie, Machel Montano and Sparrow, a Trinidadian Calypsonian.

She is also a former member of the 1990s girl group 7669.

Personal life[edit]

Hunte was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago where her family originated. She was the only child of her parents to be born in the United States. Shortly after her birth, the family returned to Trinidad and Tobago where she was raised.

In the early 90s, Hunte was part of the short-lived Motown Records quartet 7669.[2] They released one studio album - 1993's 7669 East from a Bad Block.[3]


Early work[edit]

Hunte began working as a writer, starting with Rap hooks and vocals. Later she began collaborating with Salaam Remi, a producer, who mentored her and developed her talents as a Singer-songwriter.

She then became an exclusive writer with EMI Management, attached to Europe, a contract that was brought to fruition by Salaam Remi. After a stint writing in Europe and London specifically, she returned to New York and began working on several international collaborations across several genres of music.

Notable collaborations[edit]

During her tenure Hunte has written for and or performed with the following:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Empire State of Mind, by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys, was co-written by Angela Hunte. In 2010 it was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration[4]

Studio album[edit]

  • 7669 East from a Bad Block (with 7669) (Motown, 1993)


  1. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2009). "Empire State of Mind Co-Writer in Disbelief over song's success, 2009". Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "7669 - Biography & History". RhythmOne Group. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "7669 Discography". Discogs. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Grammys, The. "Sarch".!. Retrieved March 3, 2015.

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