AMARIE

Since her professional debut in 2002, Amerie has continued to carve out her own niche. She refuses to be relegated to any box. Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Actress are but a few of the nouns which can be used to classify the 26 year-old beauty. “I’m a Citizen of the World,” she says jokingly.

 

Her family background demonstrates that concept. Born to a Korean mother and an African-American father, Amerie’s first language was Korean. A self-professed “military brat,” she has spent her entire life traveling the world, living in places such as Germany, South Korea, Alaska, Texas, and Washington DC, among others.

From an early age, she began to view the world as one full of human beings who have more similarities than differences, regardless of culture and geographical location. Amerie’s critically-acclaimed debut album, All I Have, was a breath of fresh air and much attention was given to the petite beauty with a big voice, but immediately after its success, Amerie did what is almost unheard of in the music business: she took a two year break.

 

That opportunity was developing a new show on the BET network. The show would be centered around music videos and a teenage, young adult audience. Hosting “The Center”, as well as working behind the scenes, Amerie enabled the new show to garner the highest ratings ever for any show in its time slot. Weeks after shooting the last episode, Amerie was in front of the camera again, this time in a leading role in the Forest Whitaker-directed First Daughter, a romantic comedy co-starring Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton. It was towards the end of shooting, however, when she began to yearn to get back into the studio, and a couple of weeks after leaving the set, she was back in New York City, writing and recording new material. The result was the outstanding sophomore album, Touch, which spawned a summer classic, “1 Thing.” The next year proved to be a whirlwind: Amerie was nominated for two Grammys, was the recipient of the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award at the Lady of Soul Awards, received the ASCAP Soundtrack Song of the Year Award, won the Vibe Club Banga of the Year Award, and, with her exotic, striking good looks and million-dollar legs, she was named one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful of the Year.

In August of 2005, she became the first Asian-American to ever grace the cover of Vibe magazine. And she’s not ready to sit down for a breather quite yet. Producing, writing, and arranging her third album reminds Amerie of those earlier times. This burst of creativity is evident throughout Amerie’s latest offering, Because I Love It, scheduled for release Spring 2007. It exemplifies her individuality in the musical landscape, and she is in a lane all her own. As a whole, Because I Love It unapologetically falls into no particular box. There are many elements (70’s soul, 80’s New Wave, hip-hop, live instrumentation), yet the sound is remarkably consistent throughout and makes complete sense. Although the musical inspiration is broad, the arrangement of the material is signature Amerie: strong, aggressive vocals, beautiful melodies, and lush harmonies.

From recording songs in her bedroom in high school and performing them in talent shows, to crafting songs in the studio and vivaciously performing them worldwide, Amerie has taken her love and appreciation for music to new heights. With her trademark raw, raspy, heartfelt delivery, and her angelic falsetto, Amerie is one of music’s most versatile, vocally honest artists. “I’ve learned that if you want to do something, do it! Don’t be afraid! Don’t shut yourself down. Whether it’s pursuing a career, writing a book, taking a road less traveled, do it!” Amerie has taken that approach and created an astounding album, one that escapes simple classification. It isn’t strictly R&B, it isn’t a seventies or an eighties throwback, and it can’t be explained only as hip-hop soul. “It’s just heartfelt music,” Amerie says. “It’s music from my heart.” As it should be.

Artist Bio on Wikipedia

Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980[1][2]), known professionally as Amerie or Ameriie, is an Korean American singer, songwriter, producer and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and produced by Rich Harrison, and was well-received in the urban market. In 2005, Ameriie released her biggest hit to date, "1 Thing", the lead single from her second album, Touch, which garnered her crossover recognition and earned two Grammy Award nominations. Her third album, Because I Love It, achieved moderate international success in 2007, although it was not released in North America, and she subsequently left her label Columbia Records. Ameriie released her fourth studio album, In Love & War, in 2009, her first album under Island Def Jam.

Artistry

] Music and voice

Since the start of her career, Ameriie has been heavily involved within the creative process of her music, receiving not only writing credits but producing credits as well, Ameriie has also vocally produced, played instruments and arranged on her own music.

In an interview "My-Play" she stated "“I’ve always loved creating music. When I was in high school, I used to record songs that I wrote by using two different tape recorders and two separate tapes. I would start by recording myself on the first tape, singing the song down from top to finish. Then, I would play it back, while singing the harmonies and recording them onto the second tape. I’d just keep repeating the process, going back and forth between tapes until I had a final version of the full song on one tape, with stacked harmonies, backgrounds and everything!” she also went on to say "I felt like I had so much music in me, I just had to get it out. In the vocal booth, I was incredibly antsy because I had so many melodies and harmonies—all these parts and different bits—that I just had to get out of my head and onto something tangible! The feeling of hearing something in your head and then actually laying it down is indescribable, it’s amazing.”[20]

Critics often feel that Ameriie is underrated in her own right, in an article from R&B/Hip Hop blog "Earstyle" wrote "Ameriie may be one of the most underrated chicks in the game. Not only does she writes her own songs, but she assists in the production, the creative process, and plays instruments on her own tracks. Talk about talented.""[21]

Rogers possesses a full lyric soprano, vocal range that spans three octaves. She's known for having an aggressive vocal delivery, incorporated with a soulful and emotive, distinct tone.

During an interview & biography from "My-Play", it reads, "Although the musical inspiration is broad, the arrangement of the material is signature Amerie: strong, aggressive vocals; beautiful melodies, and lush harmonies." & continued to say " With her trademark raw, raspy, heartfelt delivery, and her angelic falsetto, Amerie is one of music's most versatile, vocally honest artists".[22]

Entertainment Weekly said "This young singer may not have the gospel pitch of artists like Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, but when it comes to revitalizing R&B & Pop, this much is certain: She's definitely got the right Touch".[23]

USA Today says "Amerie's light but supple soprano brings to mind the kind of adjectives you might hear in a commercial for citrus-scented shampoo: silky, tangy, lustrous. It's the kind of voice that a less-savvy singer might have wasted on sappy ballads, but on her sophomore CD, Amerie applies it to more groove-driven material.[24]

Whilst reviewing In Love & War, Hot Press writer, Patrick Freyne gave the album a rating of 3.5/5, writing "Amerie's got the standard range and power of the production line diva but there's also an appealingly raw, in need-of-some-Calpol-edge to her voice which gives everything that little bit more power"[25]

Reviewing her single "Take Control" the BBC compares her voice on "1 Thing" with her 2007 lead single "Take Control": "For starters, Amerie has ditched that over-high squeak from her biggest hit thus far and let rip with her hitherto hidden fiery tonsils." [26]

London's newspaper the Evening Standard marks that Amerie, has a "shrill but soulful voice".[27] The Guardian highly praises Amerie's voice citing "it would be no exaggeration to call Amerie one of the greatest singers in pop music. Her vocal performances are extraordinary: she catches the fleeting thrills and momentary rushes of intensity that permeate otherwise mundane days, and stretches those feelings out across four-minute songs without ever letting up. Every word is delivered as if she is utterly consumed in the moment; the result is heady and intoxicating."[28]

Jimmy Draper of New York Time Out describes her voice as "soulful, consistently controlled vocals."[29] Blender magazine also commented on her "frantic, top-of-her-range vocals."[30] Stylus Magazine writes "Unsurprisingly, the ‘60s-influenced tracks are far and away the more interesting. Much of that has to do with Amerie's vocal performances. "Hate 2 Love U" and "Gotta Work" are on-point rave-ups of James Brown and Stax, respectively, while "Paint Me Over" is vintage Dionne Warwick, complete with drawn-out phrasing. They walk the fine line between homage and imitation, but Amerie's singing is fervent and willing, commanding these songs more than interpreting them."[31] Vibe magazine says "The strikingly beautiful Korean-African American chanteuse doesn't have a flawless voice; like Mary J Blige, Amerie often strains to reach those higher notes, But also like Mary-and a few other today, Amerie sings from the gut."[32]

Finally NME comments that "The sneaking suspicion that every ridiculously aerobic move, or every double-tracked vocal breakdown could have been done better by Ms Knowles are dispelled by Amerie's third album. ‘Because I Love It’ is held together by a nymph-like voice that's whisky soaked one minute and light as candyfloss the next."[33]

[edit] Musical style

Roger's music is generally contemporary R&B, but she also incorporates pop, funk, hip hop, soul, go-go, rock and new wave into her albums. While she almost exclusively releases English songs, Amerie has recorded a few English songs with some Korean artists such as 4minute and Se7en.

 

 

 

 

 

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