Amerie Dropped Two New Albums After Almost 10 Years & People Are Excited
When we talk about R&B vocalists from the early 2000s, Amerie’s name might not come up in the conversation. But in actuality, the sound for “One Thing” was very influential in the trajectory of some very influential R&B careers. Not to mention “Why Don’t We Fall In Love” is the official sound of new love.
But the last time we heard from Amerie was in 2009 when she released In Love & War. And during a recent sit down with Billboard, Amerie explained why she stepped back from the music industry.
“I experienced pushback because I’m a female who knows herself and doesn’t have problems speaking up.”
During her absence, Amerie launched a YouTube channel where she reviewed books. She also edited a New York Times best-selling anthology for young adults Because You Love to Hate Me. And then in May, she became a mother.
But today, she’s back with a new double release 4 AM Mulholland and After 4AM.
Billboard describes it as more R&B—a deviation from her pop hits.
See what she said about the project below and the excitement people have for it on the following pages.
How did the idea of a double album come about in 4AM Mulholland and After 4AM?
I love my projects to be very sonically cohesive. As I was recording, I wasn’t trying to limit myself in any way, I was feeling very, very creative — I had just came off of writing a new story and I wanted to go full-out into the recording process. I didn’t want the album to be a smorgasbord of sound, it needs to have a vibe and that’s why there’s two projects.
How does writing books influence your music?
Writing a lot helped a lot with my songwriting — it helped me write a lot faster, it allowed me to be a lot more concise and specific with what I wanted to say.
What do you want people to know Amerie is capable of?
Anything and everything. The whole reason why I do what I do — whether it’s writing fiction or recording the songs — it has everything to do with getting something that’s inside [of me] out. It’s like a pressure; like a teapot and I need to release the pressure. I really feel it, almost as a physical thing and it can keep me up and make me anxious — I’ve got to get it out.