Amerie

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Amerie Rogers (born January 12, 1980 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts), known professionaly as Amerie, is an American female R&B singer.

Amerie has an African-American father and Korean-American mother. She grew up in Washington, DC, and many of her musical influences are from this area. She attended Georgetown University and graduated in 2000 with a degree in English and Fine Arts.

Throughout early 2002, Amerie's single, "Why Don't We Fall In Love", from her first album All I Have received much urban radio airplay. Amerie's debut album was released amid the success of "Why Don't We Fall In Love", and the media immediately began to judge her successes against those of other recent female R&B artists suchs as Tweet and Ashanti.

The album's next single, "Talkin' To Me", did not hit nearly as big at urban radio, yet its video still enjoyed strong support from MTV2. VH1 Soul has been known to spin both Amerie's videos with regularity since their debuts, and MTV Jams still occasionally spins "Why Don't We Fall In Love".

Amerie returned to the music scene briefly in 2003 as a featured vocalist, first on LL Cool J's "Paradise" single and later on DJ Kay Slay's "Too Much For Me". Neither single performed very well, although their videos received a lot of attention from the digital music video channels.

In 2005, Amerie had the biggest hit of her career with the single "1 Thing" from her album Touch. Producer Rich Harrison sampled the distinctive main drum-and-guitar loops of the song from a 1970 version of "Oh, Calcutta!" by funk group The Meters.

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Discography

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Albums

Singles

  • "Why Don't We Fall In Love" (2002) #23 US, #40 UK
  • "Talkin' To Me" (2002) #51 US
  • "Paradise" (LL Cool J feat. Amerie) (2002) #36 US, #18 UK (2003 release)
  • "1 Thing" (2005) #8 US, #4 UK, #5 CAN

Vocal Profile

  • Voice type: Spinto Soprano
  • Highest note: C6 (All I Have), possibly D6 or E6
  • Lowest note: F3
  • Vocal Range: 2.5 octaves (F3-C#6)

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