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Amerie

While it is often said that “all is fair in love and war,” not much is mentioned about the place where the two intersect. With her fourth album, In Love & War, superstar Amerie proves she has survived the twisted road to that inevitable collision and lived to sing about it.

Since Amerie first debuted in 2002 with the smash single “Why Don’t We Fall in Love,” she has always thrown her mind, body and soul into her songs. As a young girl, Amerie lived in a variety of places including South Korea, Germany, Texas, and Alaska because her father worked for the United States military. Having to constantly adapt to new environments, Amerie developed a very strong sense of self early on. While she always excelled in school, she also found solace in music and began expressing her self through song as a child.

“I always sang but I didn’t know I was going to be a singer until I was in high school,” she says. “My family was really big on academics; they thought I would be a lawyer or a professor. So I said okay, I’m going to be a singer, but I knew I had to go to college first because I was already on the road to academia. I wanted to finish what I started.”

After high school, Amerie was accepted to Georgetown University and graduated
with a degree in English and Fine Arts. While studying at Georgetown, she befriended a Washington D.C. club promoter who eventually put her in touch with producer Rich Harrison, the man who would lead Amerie to signing her first record deal with Sony Records.

Amerie released her debut album All I Have, and, together with Rich Harrison, she helped steer contemporary R&B away from synthetic sounds through the use of live instrumentation. Three years later, she dropped Touch, which solidified her as one of music’s most exciting artists, thanks to the overwhelming success of the go-go inspired track, “1 Thing.” In 2007, Amerie released Because I Love It which featured the hip-hop electro sound that is still prevalent in pop music today.

After releasing three critically acclaimed albums, Amerie decided it was time to reposition herself. In 2008 she parted ways with Sony and created her own entertainment company, Feenix Rising, with business partner Len Nicholson. They then secured a distribution deal with Island Def Jam under the tutelage of LA Reid.

“LA and I had been talking about doing something together for a long time,” says Amerie. “He was one of the first people I met with when I got into the music business. He’s really excited about the music I am making.  And what I love is that he doesn’t try to make one artist sound like another artist. He’s all for creating your own lane.”

Never one to follow another’s lead, Amerie’s latest album, In Love & War, is an aggressive mix of trunk rattling hip-hop, raw soul reminiscent of James Brown, and classic Zeppelin-era rock ‘n roll.  The three-time Grammy nominated singer managed to turn the tumultuous times of her past relationships into a moving collection of songs which will resonate with anyone who has ever been on the wrong side of love.

“This album is very personal, whether I’m talking about my own past situations or situations the people close to me went through,” says the striking Korean and Black singer/songwriter/producer. “I really wanted to make sure that everything I was writing wasn’t too far from myself.”

Unlike many artists who follow whatever trends have proven the most successful, Amerie mapped out the sound of In Love & War before she sat with any producers.  “The process would usually be quite a few steps. Usually I’d get a raw instrumental, and from there I’d pick out parts and sounds, and then format them to create the arrangement of the song.  Once I wrote and vocaled, I’d talk to the producer again about adding additional instrumentation I felt was necessary, like strings,  additional keys, building the bridge, just basically formatting the record.

“For this album, I told people I needed music that was really heavy, something with knock,” says Amerie. “Nothing too pretty; I wanted something that sounded ‘70’s-ish, when rock had a lot of soul in it, and it was still so related to the blues. And of course it needed that hip-hop element.”

One producer who instantly understood what Amerie needed was Teddy Riley.  Of the record, “Tell Me U Love Me”, she says, “I didn’t really have to say much to Teddy.  I told him I wanted something signature ‘me’.  He knew exactly what to do. It was like magic.  I wrote that record freestyling in the vocal booth after hearing it for the first time. Killer.”  Another “killer” moment was with Warren Campbell, who produced “Higher.”  “I told Warren I wanted a live, hard, rock sound, something mean, something with swagger.  I wanted the intrumentation to have a strong personality before I even opened my mouth.  He started playing the bass guitar, and I was sitting there creating the lyrics and melody and it all came together really organically. That’s what I mean when I say that this album, in addition to being an extension of my first, is also an extension of ‘1 Thing’ because ‘1 Thing’ has its go-go roots but it’s also very soulful, ‘70’s rock.  I went from that and took it all the way live.”

For the song “Different People” Amerie enlisted the Australian producer M-Phazes who tracked a mid-tempo backdrop for the songstress to explain how important it is to accept your partner for who they are, while on “Pretty Brown” (also produced by M-Phazes) Amerie hooks up with Trey Songz to sing about a relationship that is quickly approaching the breaking point. Amerie also linked up with the Buchanans, who have produced on all of her albums, for the riotous “More Than Love” and “Why R U,” In Love & War’s head-nodding first single.

“Why R U” is about being in a relationship and hating that you’re so attached to this person,” explains Amerie. “A lot of the songs on this album deal with wanting to be done with a relationship but you’re just not really ready to leave, so you hang around and wait for a person to change. I really wanted the lyrical content to be real conversation. I didn’t want anything to be sugar-coated.”

On the sexy, catchy ladies anthem “Heard ‘Em All”, Amerie let her long locks down over Sean Garrett and Eric Hudson’s up-tempo club track while challenging a prospective lover to bring something different to the table.
With her latest album complete and up to her own creative standards, Amerie’s In Love & War represents her ever-evolving artistry and insatiable drive to continue to carve out her own path. “I’m really big about staying true to my sound,” she says. “I just love  to emote,” she laughs. “I really feel like I live through music. It’s been that way as far as I can remember. I’m always going to do what I want to do, and no one is going to tell me I can’t. That’s just me.”

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Video Trailer: Amerie "More Than Love" Feat Fabolous.

Click here to watch the trailer for Amerie’s new video “More Than Love” featuring Fabolous. Video coming soon. IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Now! Click here to download “In Love & War” on iTunesClick here to download “In Love & War” on Amazon Text AMERIE to 66937 for Amerie updates to your mobile.

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With all the fourth quarter releases, you’ll need some place to store them all. Look no further than the Zune HD 16GB ($220). Listen to up to 4,000 songs or watch 5 hours of HD video on the touchscreen digital media player, which features Wi-Fi, HD Radio, a web browser, and even a downloadable Twitter…

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Come Chat With Amerie Friday, November 20th At 6pm on Ustream!

Hey friends!!! Come join me on Friday, November 20th for a Live Chat with Zune via UStream!!!  Visit http://www,Ustream.tv/Zune or become a fan of Zune at www.facebook.com/Zune and meet me there at 6pm EST/ 3pm PST!!!  I need to have my fans in there so I can answer your questions!  Plus Zune will be holding…

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Don't Miss Amerie Performing Live Tonight On Jimmy Kimmel Live On ABC!

Don’t miss Amerie performing her singles “Heard ‘Em All” and “Higher” off her new album IN LOVE & WAR live tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live @ 12:05AM EST on ABC! Check local listings for channel. IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Now! Click here to download “In Love & War” on iTunes Click here to…

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Amerie Wardrobe Chic Outtakes (Elle.com Blog)

Click here to check out Amerie’s wardrobe outtakes on Elle.com’s blog. IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Now! Click here to download “In Love & War” on iTunes Click here to download “In Love & War” on Amazon Text AMERIE to 66937 for Amerie updates to your mobile.

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Amerie Co-Hosts "Channel One News".

Click here to check out Amerie co-hosting today’s edition of Channel One News! IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Now! Click here to download “In Love & War” on iTunes Click here to download “In Love & War” on Amazon Text AMERIE to 66937 for Amerie updates to your mobile.

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Idolator.com Endorses Amerie's "In Love & War" Album!

“The new album by R & B spitfire Amerie is out today.” That’s a sentence that I thought I’d never get to write on Idolator, despite her being one of my favorite singers for the duration of this site’s existence. And to make the news even better, In Love And War—which is her first U.S….

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Amerie Interview With Hello Beautiful "I'm An Entertainer, Not A Model".

By Danielle Cheesman HelloBeautiful recently got the chance to sit down with Amerie and we talked about everything from her beauty and style must-haves (if you don’t already know, she’s got a sick shoe collection and we’ve been tracking it HERE) to her being biracial and its effect on her success. We also discussed her…

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Day 15 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

I can never get enough of over-the-knee boots, and these grey Rodarte pirate-adventure numbers are super high. They actually go up the entire length of the leg right to your bottom, but I scrunched them down a bit. Great with whatever for whenever! :) – Amerie Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her favorite…

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Amerie's New Album "In Love & War" In Stores Now!

Make sure to go get Amerie’s new album “In Love & War”, In Stores Now! Featuring the singles “Why R U” and “Heard ‘Em All”. Click here to download “In Love & War” on iTunesClick here to download “In Love & War” on Amazon Text AMERIE to 66937 for Amerie updates to your mobile.

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Amerie Featured On AllThatsFab.com

When asked about why she made the switch from Columbia to Def Jam: Amerie: I just felt people at a urban level would more understand the temperature. They understand the direction and the timing of things. Not that people at Sony didn’t, I just feel some of the ideas on how to approach certain things…

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Amerie Featured In Sunday's Washington Post (Read Full Article).

Amerie wants to be more than a ’1 Thing’ wonder By Chris Richards Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, November 1, 2009 NEW YORK — It’s lunchtime at Serafina in Midtown Manhattan and Amerie is ransacking her purse, searching for a shaker of Himalayan salt. “It has the same pH balance as our tears,” the 29-year-old…

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Day 14 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

These leopard mohair Tony Burch flat boots are great for travel. They offer a big pop of color,  pattern, & texture to a sleek black look. – Amerie Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her favorite shoes in 30 days on The Urban Daily‘s website! Click here to Pre-Order Amerie’s new album “In Love…

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Day 13 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

These black lamb/patent leather Chanel over-the-knee boots are defintely one of my favorites. Whether I’m wearing denim cutoff shorts or liquid leggings, they’re the best! The heel is unique in that it’s oval-shaped, & I love that they’re sexy without needing a super high heel – Amerie Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her…

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Day 12 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

” I’ve had these suede Gucci durango-style cowboy boots for years, and I really like that over time, with a bit of wear, they look better. My sister convinced me to get these a while back, and I’m glad I did. I usually throw these on with cutoff jean shorts or something like that.” –…

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Get Your Tickets To See Amerie Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Los Angeles, don’t miss your chance to watch Amerie perform LIVE on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday November 10th. Click here to purchase your tickets before they’re gone. Amerie IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Nov. 3rd 2009! Click here to Pre-Order Amerie’s new album “In Love & War” on Amazon.com Now! Click here to…

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Day 11 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

“These Chanel quilted mid-calf boots are very 1960’s go-go.  I like to wear them with white or light grey skinny jeans.”- Amerie Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her favorite shoes in 30 days on The Urban Daily‘s website! Click here to Pre-Order Amerie’s new album “In Love & War” on Amazon.com Now! Click…

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Day 10 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

I don’t normally wear wedges, but these Louis Vuitton suede booties with rabbit fur trim are one of the exceptions. I call these my “deer hoof boots”, because the heel is surprisingly high and causes such a high arch, it makes the foot look super tiny, and with the wedge, it can look like a…

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Day 9 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Daily Urban.

“I love over-the-knee boots, and I really like the fact that these Chloe shoes are flat & suede, and with the ties and buckles in the back, they are very casual. Kind of the shoes Sleeping Beauty was probably running around the forest in before she got married and moved into the castle with Prince…

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Day 8 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

” I wore these Alexander Wang boots in the “Heard ‘Em All” video. I love the fact that they look distressed, & that getting dusty in the desert made them look even better. They’re great with everything. They do weigh like 10 lbs. though, so it’s a bit of a workout walking around in them–I…

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Day 7 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

At the Korean spa (jim-jil-bang). Even when I’m super-tired, I like to treat myself, not only to relax, but to detoxify & balance my body’s energy. My Chanel ballet flats are quick to slip off so I can get to relaxing! Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her favorite shoes in 30 days on…

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Day 6 of Amerie's "30 Shoes In 30 Days" Blog On The Urban Daily.

” These neon-tangerine patent Christian Louboutins are great for a little splash of color. Because of the high cut of the front, from some angles they can look like lil’ boats…lol! “- Amerie Amerie will be blogging about 30 of her favorite shoes in 30 days on The Urban Daily‘s website! Click here to Pre-Order…

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Amerie Covers & Featured In Six Degree Magazine.

Check out Amerie in the new issue of Six Degrees Magazine. Amerie IN LOVE & WAR In Stores Nov. 3rd 2009! Click here to Pre-Order Amerie’s new album “In Love & War” on Amazon.com Now! Click here to listen to Amerie’s “In Love & War” Album Sampler on defjam.com now. Text AMERIE to 66937 for…

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