Biography: Amerie

American pop sensation, songwriter, R&B singer, record producer and actress, Amerie Mi Marie Rogersin was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on January 12, 1980 to a Korean artist mother, Mi Suk and an African-American father, Charles who was a career military man. She studied dance from an early age and also performed in talent contests.

After graduating from high school, her family moved to Virginia while she began to attend Georgetown University, from which she later graduated with a degree in English and Fine Arts. It was while living in Washington D.C. that she met producer Rich Harrison and began developing some demos with him. This relationship later bore a deal with Rise Entertainment and, later on, Columbia. In the first quarter of 2002, Rise/Columbia released Amerie’s debut single, ‘Why Don’t We Fall in Love’. The song went ahead to reach the Top 20 of the R&B/hip-hop chart and the Billboard Hot 100. In July, her debut album “All I Have” followed.

Her sophomore album “Touch” was released in April 2005. It yielded “1 Thing”, her biggest single till date and peaked at number five (5) on the Billboard album chart while earning her two (2) Grammy nominations as well as international recognition.

“Because I Love It”, her third album, followed in May 2007 and achieved little international success albeit it was her strongest and most variegated work so far. It reached the Top 20 in the U.K., and never had a U.S. release. She was dropped from Columbia and signed to Def Jam the following year. She released her fourth album “In Love & War” in November 2009.

She revamped and changed the spelling of her performing name to Ameriie, and released the singles “What I Want” and “Mustang” in 2014 and 2015 respectively. On May 20, 2016, Ameriie independently released an EP, titled “Drive”.

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