On Friday (Oct. 19), R&B singer-songwriter Amerie (once also known as Ameriie), will release her first album in almost a decade. The Washington, D.C.-raised artist will be releasing a double body of work, with each titled 4AM Mulholland and After 4AM, respectively.
Amerie, born Amerie Rogers, teased her fans and followers via Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 17) with a blue square photo with “October 19” typed in pink font. She then followed it up with the cover for the forthcoming album that she tells Billboard is a “double project.” Together, the double-sided project totals 13 tracks.
The “Why Don’t We Fall in Love” singer takes on a new music sound on this LP on what Billboard describes as “a deep dive of more subdued, cavernous R&B and trance-laced productions.” The upcoming project will be Amerie’s second release as an independent artist following 2016’s six-song EP, Drive.
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Amerie also spoke to Billboard candidly about her fallout with the major record label system and her refusal to cave into the world of celebrity. The singer tells the magazine, “I always found it hard with the old model. Recording music, getting together with the label, putting together a marketing plan, then you shoot the videos. Everything’s so far in advance.”
“Before, I felt the resistance — the ‘shut up and be pretty and sing’ thing. It was never explicitly stated for me, but I definitely felt that,” she says. “For me, the whole reason I do this is not to be cute and sing other people’s songs. I don’t do this for the photo shoots or the parties or the red carpets — I never liked those.”
Amerie also doubts plans to work with her longtime producer Rich Harrison, who was heavily involved in the making of her first two albums, saying, “as much as I love Rich, I don’t know how much he could write for me now either.” “People have sent songs to me throughout my whole career, and it never comes out right.”
The 38-year old singer burst onto the scene in 2002 with the summertime anthem “Why Don’t We Fall in Love” and set the world on fire in 2005 with the drum and percussion-heavy, “1 Thing.” After signing with Def Jam to release her third album 2009’s In Love & War, she parted with her label and would go on to become a New York Times best-selling author and a YouTube vlogger. This past summer, Amerie welcomed her first child with hubby Lenny Nicholson, a music industry executive.
a preview of the her new tunes below.