The recent success stories of Ashanti and Tweet may have some wondering if there is room for another R&B chanteuse on the charts.
The recent success stories of Ashanti and Tweet may have some wondering if there is room for another R&B chanteuse on the charts. Well, with an artist like Amerie, who arrives with a powerful debut, the charts are surely hers for the taking. The 22-year-old Washington, D.C., resident offers a combination of beauty, style, and sweet R&B on the appropriately titled All I Have. Lead single "Why Don't We Fall in Love" has already broken through at radio. Short and sweet—the track clocks in at less than three minutes—it is well on its way to becoming a summer anthem. Amerie evokes a bit of Janet Jackson on the sensual "Nothing Like Loving You." With its syncopated bassline, the song is a perfect mood-enhancer. Other highlights include "I Just Died" and the Mary J. Blige-inspired "Need You Tonight." Following in the footsteps of Blige, Amerie mixes sensuality and honesty into her own brand of hip-hop soul.—RH