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Friday, 15 June 2007 17:41

Amerie

Written by Kristie Bertucci

Teairra MariAmerie sparked a worldwide love affair when she asked, “Why Don’t We Fall in Love?” in 2002, and she has kept it flowing through the years. This spring, she released her third album, Because I Love It (Sony Urban/Columbia, 2007), which promised to bring more banging grooves like her notorious body-moving “1 Thing,” from her sophomore album Touch (Sony Urban/Columbia, 2005).


This pretty young thing is not your average singer, songwriter or actress; she’s more than that, and she thanks her family for helping her.

Born to an African-American father and a South Korean mother, Amerie Mi Marie Rogers grew up as an Army brat that saw the world as her playground. She grew up on bases from Alaska to Germany and, along the way, developed an appreciation for the classical arts from her mother and the love of R&B music from her father.



Although Korean was her first language, when her family left Seoul, South Korea, her mother made it a point that Amerie and her sister focus on learning English. Nevertheless, to this day, Amerie signs her name in both English and Korean when giving autographs.



“It sounds like a cliché, but I always knew I was going to sing. I always knew that music was what I was going to do,” Amerie said. But instead of putting all her eggs in one basket, she decided to attend Georgetown University just in case her music career fell though, and in 2000, obtained a degree in English and Fine Arts.



Always one to follow her dreams, Amerie was fortunate enough to get her big break in 2001, and in 2002 she released her first album All I Have (Columbia, 2002) and hasn’t looked back since.

In her latest album, fans get to see more of a personal side to Amerie since she claims it has a “homey” feeling.

“I wrote all the songs in my house,” she said. “Most of it was written on my kitchen table or while I was in the shower.”



Since she felt so at home, she found herself not wanting to stop writing and continued her flow until she had enough songs to put out two mixtapes (Because I Love It Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), which can be heard on her MySpace page.



“I was on a roll, and I loved what was coming out,” she confessed.


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