Everyone 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 on the industry. Although she comes from a conservative family, Amerie remained true to her dream of becoming an entertainer and accepted all challenges with her head held high. There is so much to learn about the singer’s life; here are some lesser known facts about Amerie.
She was born on January 12, 1980 as Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, but later changed her stage name to Ameriie. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Design in the Fine Arts Department. Amerie has always been interested in the creative arts. While in school, she met a club promoter who introduced her to producer Rich Harrison. Harrison also produced for artists like Mary J. Blige. The popular producer got Amerie her first record deal with Columbia Records, which led to the release of her first album All I Have.
Amerie’s first album earned her the attention of many lobbyists, and she began appearing on many albums by artists she admired. One such artist is DJ Kay Slay, who introduced her in his single Too Much for Me from the album The Streetsweeper Vol. 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 the Hot R&B/Hip Hop song charts and made it to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, was her very best song and has remained a hit to this day.
Her Net Worth
Amerie may not be as prominent as she was in the early 2000s, but she certainly lives a comfortable life. The singer sits on an estimated net worth of $6 million and owes that to her music. She is not only a musician, part of her income comes from her many appearances on television as well as from her film roles.
Her Family – Parents, Siblings
Although she has American citizenship, Ameriie is of Korean and African-American descent. Her mother Mi Suk was South Korean, while her father Charles is African-American. Since her father was in the U.S. military, Ameriie and her mother had to constantly change locations to be with him. According to the talented singer, her parents were quite conservative and convinced Christians who uphold Christian values.
She has a younger sister named Angela, a lawyer. Amerie reveals that she and her sister were prevented from doing many things that were considered normal among her peers. They were prevented by their parents from using telephones, leaving the house and playing with peers. But even though Amerie had a strict father, she was allowed to make her own life decisions.
Personal Life – Amerie’s Husband, Kids
Ameriie has a similar love story to many of her colleagues in the industry. She found love with her manager Lenny Nicholson, a former manager of Columbia Records. The two of them, who had started a platonic relationship, took things to the next level in 2004, when their friendly feelings grew into something more. The couple got engaged in 2010 and tied the knot the following year – 2011, in Anguilla. In May 2018 they welcomed their first child together.
What Is She Up to Now?
The time off that Amerie has taken from the music industry is causing her fans great concern. After her fame in the early 2000s with hits like 1 Thing and others, it seemed as if the singer would take an indefinite break from singing and performing. Although she considers this to be normal, her fans still can’t decipher the reasons for this.
In an interview with Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club”, Amerie revealed that she is not one of those who love fame or red carpet nonsense and tried to combine this with a great fear of publicity. In her opinion, this is the main reason why she is not on screen today. Amerie shifted her focus more to writing books, an art she had fallen in love with as a child. She has several EPs in her name and writes and produces more movies than music.