A can’t miss performer at this year’s Lollapalooza, rising R&B/Soul singer/songwriter, H.E.R. is an artist with talent well beyond her age, who draws many in from the very first time most listen to her. Which is quite evident from one of the very first singles most probably heard from the 22-year-old singer, Focus. A very beautiful and emotional record that highlights and puts the focus on H.E.R.’s very beautifully amazing voice and vulnerable lyrics, as she sings about a post breakup and wanting someone who focuses on not just her beauty, but vulnerabally honest talent, voice and self-worth of herself.
Though signed to RCA Records at the age of 14 and releasing her first single, Something to Prove, in 2014, under her real name. It’s when she re-emerged in late 2016 and under her new more mysterious persona that more people actually started to take notice of her truly remarkable talent and voice, that has made, H.E.R. one of modern R&B’s most talked about new voices. The singer apart of the new wave of very talented true to the core of R&B acts that have that classic 90’s very soulfully authentic R&B sound, but with a touch of today’s sound that makes them standout on their own.
Which has emerged over the past four to five years or so and includes such talented artists as Jhené Aiko, BJ the Chicago Kid, SZA, Sabrina Claudio, Snoh Aalegra, The Weeknd, Elijah Blake, Jorja Smith, SiR, Kehlani, Alina Baraz, Chloe x Halle and Daniel Caesar, among others. Even collaborating with the latter for the very amazing Grammy Award-winning single, Best Part. H.E.R. being that more Alternative R&B sound that has emerged from the likes of The Weeknd. Who’s identity and persona was ironically enough of the more mysterious form as well when he first came out. Ironically enough there’s some irony in that the acronym for her name stands for, Having Everything Revealed.
The multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician, has shown that surprisingly enough having a more mysterious persona can be beneficial too though. As in the 2 ½ years since she has re-emerged, she has put out four pretty remarkable EP’s and a Grammy Award-winning self-titled compilation album.
Known a lot for her mostly contemporary R&B ballads, H.E.R., has that raw and vulnerabally honest sound, voice and talent that so many not only women, but all people can truly relate too. Which is why even despite her mostly mysterious persona she has grown such a huge fan base, core and following that has allowed her to sell out shows and tours in a way she never could’ve dreamed of.
A truly great not only singer and songwriter, she’s a truly great artist and musician too. With H.E.R.’s very stellar acoustic guitar and piano skills able to really elevate a lot of her live performances that has made her easily one of the best live performers in the biz. You can see why whether she’s playing her own tour, opening or apart of somebody else’s tour, a festival or awards show like, The Grammys, she’s usually always among the most anticipated performances. Usually ranked as one of the top performances in any of those settings, you can see why H.E.R.’s debut Lollapalooza performance next Thursday, Aug. 1st, is among the most anticipated of the whole festival and you shouldn’t miss.
One of those truly great almost once in a lifetime raw authentic voices, talents and musicians, H.E.R., has that it factor that will have her around for several years to come and I wouldn’t be surprised to see comeback in a few years to be a headliner at Lollapalooza. As well as playing several other festival’s and truly helping bring that authentic raw soulfully vulnerable R&B back to the forefront.