H.E.R.

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H.E.R.
H.E.R. 2017.jpg
H.E.R. performing in November 2017
Background information
Birth name Gabriella Wilson
Born (1997-06-27) June 27, 1997 (age 21)
Genres
Years active 2014–present
Labels RCA
Website rcarecords.com/artist/h-e-r/

Gabriella ‘Sandra’ Wilson (born June 27, 1997),[citation needed] better known by her stage name H.E.R. (acronym for "Having Everything Revealed"), is an American singer from Vallejo, California. She signed to RCA Records and has released two extended plays under the label: H.E.R. Volume 1 (2016) and H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017). Her identity was previously unknown as she preferred to remain anonymous and only be represented by her music.

Her debut, the seven-song EP H.E.R. Vol. 1, was released on September 9, 2016 by RCA Records. It made iTunes' Best of 2016 R&B/Soul Albums list, with the track "Losing" making the iTunes Best R&B/Soul Singles list. The release also included a cover of Drake's "Jungle".

Background[edit]

Addressing the secrecy over her identity, H.E.R. has said: "The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project…I feel like oftentimes we don’t like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio."[1]

She explained further, "I am a voice for women who feel like they're alone in these situations. This project came from an emotion, and that's what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I'm with, but the raw emotion and support for women."[2] To NPR she added, "I feel like this is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, 'Who is she with?' and 'What is she wearing?'"[3]

Career[edit]

Emerging in late 2016 with her debut EP, H.E.R. Volume 1 (2016), H.E.R. received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean along with labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts.[4][5] In April 2017 Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.'s track "Focus" playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over five million times.[6] Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner. The tracks on H.E.R. Vol. 1 have collectively been streamed over 20 million times on Spotify and over 65 million times across all streaming music providers worldwide.[citation needed]

NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On" roundup.[7] Calling the music "Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows," Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 "10 Artists You Need To Know" roundup.[8] And Forbes named her one of "5 Alternative R&B Artists To Look Out For In 2017", reporting: "In the same vein as The Weeknd's enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.'s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed."[9]

Her follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017), was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single "Say It Again".

Her notable live performances include the 2017 BET Experience concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Lil Yachty, Rae Sremmurd, Bryson Tiller, and Khalid.

She was recently on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and recently concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2.[10]

She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017) on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The music On Vol. 1 was produced by an anonymous person from YouTube who creates video game music and remastered songs from the past.

Wilson announced on the 12th of September 2018 that she will be embarking on the "I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour" in support of her latest EP "I Used to Know H.E.R.: The Prelude"[11], which Wilson has stated is a prelude to her upcoming debut album.[12]

Musical style[edit]

Consisting mostly of contemporary R&B ballads, H.E.R's songs have been described as "downcast post-breakup material that sounded vulnerable and assured at once" by Apple Music.[13]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US
R&B
/HH

[15]
US
R&B

[16]
H.E.R.[17] 47 24 5

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US
R&B
/HH

[15]
US
R&B

[16]
US
Heat.

[18]
CAN
[19]
H.E.R. Volume 1
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
28 12 8
H.E.R. Volume 2
  • Released: June 16, 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
49 22 7
H.E.R. Volume 2, The B Sides
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
139 19
I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
  • Released: August 3, 2018[20]
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
20 12 1 89
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as main artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[21]
US
R&B/HH

[22]
US
R&B

[23]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay

[24]
US
Adult
R&B

[25]
NZ
Heat.

[26]
"Something to Prove" 2014 Non-album single
"Pigment"[27] 2016 H.E.R. Volume 1
"Focus" 2017 100 45 9 16 3 H.E.R.
"2"[28]
"My Song"[29] 2018 Non-album single
"This Way"
(with Khalid)
20 5 Superfly
"Could've Been"[30]
(featuring Bryson Tiller)
76 39 6 I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[21]
US
R&B
/HH

[22]
US
R&B

[23]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay

[24]
US
Adult
R&B

[25]
"Right Now"[31]
(Snakehips featuring ELHAE, D.R.A.M and H.E.R.)
2017 non-album single
"Best Part"
(Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.)
81 32 6 13 4 Freudian
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B
/HH
Bub.

[33]
US
R&B

[23]
"Against Me" 2018 8 18 I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
"Feel a Way" 20
"As I Am" 21
"Be On My Way (Interlude)" 24
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Notes[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Soul Train Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [34]
2018 BET Awards Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Nominated [35]
Best New Artist Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerrick D. Kennedy, "So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music — and the mystery", Los Angeles Times, 21 September 2016 (retrieved 10 May 2017)
  2. ^ Rolling Stone, "10 New Artists You Need to Know: March 2017", Rolling Stone, 15 March 2017 (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  3. ^ NPR Staff, "Meet H.E.R., A Rising Voice Whose Face Remains A Mystery", NPR, 17 December 2016 (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  4. ^ "[1]", iTunes, (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  5. ^ Makeda Sandford, "ICYMI: 'H.E.R. Vol 1.' Gives Us a Taste of Mystery R&B Songstress", Saint Heron, 21 September 2016 (retrieved 10 May 2017)
  6. ^ Lakin Starling, "H.E.R. On The Surprise Of Hearing Her Song In Rihanna’s Breezy Instagram Video", The Fader, 10 April 2017 (retrieved 10 May 2017)
  7. ^ Kiana Fitzgerald/Bobby Carter, "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On In 2016", NPR, 17 December 2016 (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  8. ^ Rolling Stone, "10 New Artists You Need to Know: March 2017", Rolling Stone, 15 March 2017 (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  9. ^ Ogden Payne, "5 Alternative R&B Artists To Look Out For In 2017", Forbes, 9 January 2017 (retrieved 9 May 2017)
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7989234/her-the-lights-on-headlining-tour-dates
  11. ^ https://www.rap-up.com/2018/09/12/her-i-used-to-know-her-tour-dates/
  12. ^ https://www.npr.org/2018/08/03/635296881/h-e-r-prepares-for-debut-album-with-i-used-to-know-her-the-prelude-ep
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/h-e-r-vol-2/id1242569954
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  28. ^ "2 - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. October 13, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  29. ^ "My Song - Single by H.E.R. on Apple Music". iTunes. January 2, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Urban/AUC Future Releases | R&B, Hip Hop, Release Schedule and Street Dates". All Access Music Group. Retrieved September 15, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Right Now (feat. ELHAE, D.R.A.M. & H.E.R.) - Single by Snakehips on Apple Music". iTunes. June 2, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Daniel Caesar – Best Part". Music Canada. Retrieved September 15, 2018. 
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  34. ^ "Solange, Bruno Mars Lead 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominations". Billboard. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  35. ^ Amatulli, Jenna (May 16, 2018). "The 2018 BET Awards Nominations Are Here And DJ Khaled Must Be Screaming". HuffPost. Retrieved May 23, 2018.