Born to Korean and African-American parents, Amerie grew up in U.S. military sites around the world before finding her roots in Washington, DC, where she earned a degree in English and Fine Arts from Georgetown. Early demos led the way to Columbia Records debut album All I Have. The album hit RIAA gold on the strength of the R&B/pop crossover hit "Why Don't We Fall in Love," which won Amerie the Soul Train Music Awards' Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist award.
Amerie continued her string on the RIAA gold Touch (2005). The album contained one of the top songs of the year, the #1 R&B smash "1 Thing," which won the VIBE Award for Club Banger Of the Year. The song's rise to the top was helped along by its inclusion in the soundtrack of the Will Smith-Eva Mendes film, Hitch. "1 Thing" became a platinum-selling digital download and mastertone, and was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Grammy; Touch was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
In 2007, Amerie released Because I Love It which featured the hip-hop electro sound that is still prevalent in pop music today.
After releasing three critically acclaimed albums, Amerie decided it was time to reposition herself. In 2008 she parted ways with Sony and created her own entertainment company, Feenix Rising, with business partner Len Nicholson. They then secured a distribution deal with Island Def Jam under the tutelage of LA Reid.
DJ Ruckus mix "What Cha Know About... Amerie is a testament to Amerie's journey, and an exciting glimpse of her premiere album for Def Jam Recordings (her fourth career album), entitled In Love & War.
Amerie's In Love & War is an aggressive mix of trunk rattling hip-hop, raw soul reminiscent of James Brown, and classic Zeppelin-era rock 'n roll. She managed to turn the tumultuous times of her past relationships into a moving collection of songs, which will resonate with anyone who has ever been on the wrong side