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'I mean, in army camps you get all sorts of mixed-race kids - African-American/German, Japanese/American.So really I was the norm rather than the exception.The first fruit of her labours, the single 'Take Control', is a maddeningly infectious soul-hip-hop hybrid on which Amerie implores her paramour to assist her in exercising constraint, while a chattering guitar line and slapping snare drum encourage just the opposite approach.It's the perfect introduction to Amerie's skittish persona: girlish but fierce, seductive but sweet.She'd roll her eyes and say, "Yes, darling."' Amerie's father was a soldier in the US army and met her mother when he was stationed in Korea.As 'army brats', Amerie - full name Amerie Marie Mi Rogers - and her sister Angela, two years her junior, moved wherever their father was stationed, including Arizona, Alaska, and the then-West Germany; she vividly remembers a trip through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin when she was a little girl.'She says, you think you have your children all figured out, but you never know what's going to happen.' The sisters remain very close, and share an apartment in New York.'In some ways, our personalities have remained the same,' says Amerie.'She still loves going out to parties and dinners and I'll always prefer staying in and cooking. Think of all the parties you could be going to right now!
'I just know I'm in the right place, doing the right thing.' Amerie's ambition showed itself early.
I thought it might be too left-field, too much to digest.
But this time I think we're all ready for it.'Hang on, though; Amerie, now 29, was born in January 1978, which means that she was a mere stripling through most of the decade she claims to revere.
'I am all those things,' she nods, 'and I think we've nailed them on this album.'Many of the tracks on Because I Love It betray an 80s influence; 'Crush' boasts a candles-aloft chorus that wouldn't have shamed Duran Duran in their pomp, and 'Some Like It' samples former Sex Pistols manager and early champion of hip-hop Malcolm Mc Laren.
'I wanted to put a lot of 80s stuff on the last album,' says Amerie, 'but I was worried about whether the audience would want to go there with me.
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'As a kid, I wanted to do everything,' she recalls.