In just 23 minutes, she made me a fan.
Out of nowhere, an RCA recording artist who goes by the moniker H.E.R. dropped an EP that went straight to No. 1 on iTunes’ R&B charts without any promotion, and without anyone knowing anything about her. And forget googling her--you will find next to nothing. The closest information you’ll find on her background is that she’s from New York, according to her SoundCloud account.
But as soon as I hit play, H.E.R.’s music had me reminiscing about the good ol’ days of ‘90s R&B; the EP includes references from Aaliyah’s “Let Me Know (At Your Best)” and a sampling of Floetry’s hit song “Say Yes.” She definitely sets the tone by bringing in some of music’s heavy hitters. She opens "Wait for It" with, “Uber on the way, my phone is chargin'/He keep callin'/I wanna pick it up, but I keep stallin'/I feel some type of way.” Her lyrics flow smoothly over the Floetry-inspired beat.
The EP also features appearances from Drake and Gabriel Garzón Montano, whose sensual tone will hook you from the jump--but, I don’t want to give too much away, you’re just going to have to listen for yourself. H.E.R. is bringing that much-needed-freshness back into R&B.
In the midst of her hitting the charts, the mysterious R&B singer has received recognition from the likes of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.
While you wait for the mystery singer to unveil herself, check out one of the many streaming internet services and have a listen for yourself. Or you can cop it on iTunes if you’re really feeling her vibes.