Anyone who knows Amerie definitely knows her for her record-breaking hit track 1 Thing which shot her to great heights in the competitive music industry. The talented American singer is also a songwriter, record producer actress and author who has left an indelible mark in the industry. Despite coming from a conservative family, Amerie stayed true to her dreams of becoming an entertainer and took on all challenges with her head held high. There is so much to learn about the life of the singer; here are lesser known facts about Amerie.
She was born Amerie Mi Marie Rogers on January 12, 1980, but she later changed her stage name to Ameriie. She attended Georgetown University in Washington and finished with a B.A in English and a Fine Arts minor in Design. Amerie was always interested in the creative arts. While in school, she met a club promoter who introduced her to a producer Rich Harrison. Harrison also produced for artists like Mary J. Blige. The popular producer landed Amerie her first record deal with Columbia Records which led to the release of her first album All I Have.
Ameriie’s first album earned her the attention of many stakeholders, and she started to feature on many albums recorded by artists who admired her. Some of these artists include DJ Kay Slay who featured her in his Too Much for Me single from The Streetsweeper Vol album. Amerie’s second album Touch was released in April 2005. Before the release of her second album, the singer and songwriter released her hit single 1 Thing. The song which topped Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and made the number eight spot on the Billboard Hot 100, was her very best track and has remained a hit.
Her Net Worth
Amerie may not be as prominent as she was in the early 2000s, but she is surely living a comfortable life. The singer sits on an estimated net worth of $6 million and has her music to thank for it. She is not only a musician, part of her income also comes from her many appearances on TV as well as her movie roles.
Her Family – Parents, Siblings
Though she has an American nationality, Ameriie is of Korean and African-American descent. Her mother Mi Suk was a South Korean while her father Charles is African-American. Having a father in the US military, Amerie had to change locations constantly with her mother to be with him. According to the talented singer, her parents were quite conservative and were staunch Christians who upheld Christian values.
She has a younger sister named Angela, a lawyer. Amerie reveals that she and her sister were restricted from doing a lot of things considered normal among their peers. They were restricted by their parents from using phones, leaving the house, and playing with their peers. But despite having a strict father, Amerie was allowed to make her own life choices.
Personal Life – Amerie’s Husband, Kids
Ameriie has a love story similar to that of many of her counterparts in the industry. She found love with her manager, Lenny Nicholson, a former Columbia Records executive. The two who started out on a platonic relationship took things to the next level in 2004 when friendly feelings grew to something more. The couple got engaged in 2010 and tied the knot the following year – 2011, in Anguilla. They welcomed their first child together in May 2018.
What Is She Up to Now?
Amerie’s hiatus from the music industry has been much of a concern to her fans. After her fame in the early 2000s with hits like 1 Thing, and others, it seemed like the singer took an indefinite break from singing and performing. Although she sees this as normal, her fans cannot still decipher the rationale behind it.
In an interview with Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club”, Amerie revealed that she is not one who loves fame or the red carpet shenanigans and tried to link it with being very anxious about publicity. This, according to her, is the main reason why she is not seen on the screen nowadays. Amerie rather tilted her focus to writing books, an art she fell in love with as a child. She has some EPs in her name and does more movie writing and production than music.