Mini Bio: 에이머리 (Amerie)

Amerie

Amerie is a half-black half-Korean singer, most famous in the United States. She was born Amerie Mi Marie Rogers on January 12, 1980 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Her family moved to Korea shortly after she was born and remained their for 3 years, so her first language is actually Korean.

Her mother is Korean artist, Mi Suk, and her father, Charles, is African-American. Her father was a chief warrant officer in the  U.S. Intelligence Division of the U.S military which resulted in the family traveling often and living all over the world including South Korea, German, Texas, and Alaska.

Amerie Mother
Amerie & Her Mother

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Amerie grew up in a strict conservative, traditional Christian home, and couldn’t leave home or use the phone on a school day. She attended Georgetown University, where she studied literature and has revealed she was in the Navy ROTC, “I was in the Navy ROTC. My dad didn’t force me into it or anything. I joined so I could afford an education.” She quit the ROTC in her 2nd year, but went on to graduate with a BA in English and Fine Arts, and minored in Design.

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Amerie has shared that always showed interest in music, revealing in an interview, “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!”

While attending Georgetown, Amerie met a D.C. club promoter through whom she met producer Rich Harrison, who, at the time, was known for his work on Mary J Blige’s “Mary” and “No More Drama.”

She revealed to Maxim magazine in 2002 she auditioned for him in her car in a McDonald’s parking lot, and was signed to his record label, Richcraft Entertainment“For some reason we had a very special chemistry. When we would work together something great would happen.”

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Why Don't We Fall in Love

Amerie debuted in 2002 with album, “Why Don’t We Fall in Love,” which reach #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Touch

In March 2005 she released, “1 Thing,” which is her biggest hit to date, off her album, “Touch.” The song reached #8 on the billboard Hot 100. The album sold 124,000 copies in its first week, and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 200.

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Amerie has worked with a few Kpop artists. Amerie released a remixed version of  “Take Control” in 2007 off the Asian Edition of album, “Because I Love It,” featuring Se7en.

She released her album “In Love and War” in 2009. Her single from the album, “Heard ‘Em All” only reached #81 on the Billboard Hot 100, but reach the Top 10 on Korean charts, and she remixed the song with group, 4minute.

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Since her debut, Amerie, has released 4 studio albums, and revealed in July 2011 she was working on album, Cymatika Vol. I,to be released in 2013. It was also revealed the album will feature Yoon Mi Rae, and her husband Tiger JK. Amerie got married to her manager, Lenny Nicholson, on June 25, 2011 in Anguilla.

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