- Concert pianist and composer Chloe Flower performed "Money" alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
- In addition to working with Cardi B, Flower has also recorded with other musicians and she's composed scores for films.
- She frequently combines music, activism, and fashion on her Instagram page.
From the first piano note that opened Cardi B's performance of "Money" at the 2019 Grammys, everyone watching knew they were in for something exciting. The musical collaboration that ensued is sure to go down in Grammy performance history. And, after the performance, many couldn't help but wonder who was behind the music and the bedazzled grand piano.
The pianist behind Cardi B's performance is Chloe Flower and she's an accomplished pianist who has been playing and composing music for years.
Flower is an accomplished concert pianist and composer
From working with artists like Babyface, Nas, and Celine Dion to composing the score for the Misty Copeland documentary "A Ballerina's Tale," Flower is well-established in the music industry.
A few months before the Grammys performance, Flower said she sustained an injury that damaged the nerves in her hand
In early 2018, Flower said she was bitten by a dog and she lost feeling in her right pinky and thumb.
"After getting bit on my right wrist by a rescue dog earlier this year, I completely lost feeling in my pinky and thumb. I was headed into surgery IN TEARS knowing that this surgery could further damage the nerves in my hand, or worse, it would never heal," she wrote in October 2018 .
Fortunately, she said has been recovering and that she used her experience to inspire new musical arrangements.
Flower regularly composes piano covers and mashups and shares them online
From covering the music of Aretha Franklin and Kendrick Lamar to mashing up Skrillex and 12th Planet with Bach, Flower has put her spin on dozens of songs. And the Grammy awards wasn't her first time playing Cardi B. The musician shared her rendition of Cardi B's "I Like It Like That" on Instagram earlier this year.
Flower is active across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube and you can stream full versions of official releases on Spotify and Apple Music.
You might have heard Flower's compositions before
If you watched Mike Epps' "Don't Take It Personal" stand up special on Netflix, you've already heard Flower's work and might not even know it. She's also composed music for ad campaigns, including a 2016 Nike campaign involving Kevin Hart.
Flower combines music with fashion in her Instagram posts
On her Instagram, Flower frequently wears glamorous gowns, coats, and heels as she plays piano. In addition to posting her music, she posts her outfits.
She frequently uses her Instagram for activism
Flower has been a long-time advocate for the importance of music education and she shares her words throughout her Instagram feed. In some posts, she called attention to the lasting impact music education can have on children.
She's also paired some of her covers with discussions about other issues she supports. And in 2018, she paired her Meek Mill mashup with a caption discussing the need for prison reform.
Flower spoke at the United Nations in 2017 about the role of the arts in eradicating human trafficking
She's also on the board of advisors of Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking , alongside Mira Sorvino, Demi Moore, Gillian Anderson, Ashton Kutcher, and others.
She's best friends with actress Shay Mitchell
After Flower's Grammys performance, Mitchell shared how excited she was to see her best friend "crush it," adding that Flower has been her biggest cheerleader for years and that the pianist has a heart of gold.