Hot on the heels of her debut studio album
Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer H.E.R. says her upcoming Reggae project will be released very soon.
Speaking with Apple Music 1 today, she told host Ebro Darden that she had been working on the project alongside her 21-track album Back of My Mind, which was released in June 2021. The album, which featured Ty Dolla Sign, Cordae, Lil Baby, and Chris Brown, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Alongside my album, I’ve been working on a reggae project,” H.E.R. teased. “So, you’re gonna get that very soon.”
The Damage singer explained how her Slow Down collaboration with Skip Marley, and Do To Me — her 2020 single which interpolated the iconic Reggae songs Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers and Bam Bamby Sister Nancy — have inspired her to ‘celebrate the culture’ with a whole new project.
“You know when I released Do to Me and of course doing Slow Down with Skip [Marley] I realized how much I loved Caribbean music and I’ve always known that, but just really getting into it and celebrating that culture. I really wanted to like go all in, so I’m working on that right now. It’s been in the works for a while,” she said.
The 24-year-old, whose real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, added that she only discovered how much she loved Reggae and Dancehall after moving to New York — where there are large populations of Dominican, Jamaican, Guyanese, Haitian, and Trinidadian immigrants.
“Honestly I love Caribbean music. I didn’t really have a full appreciation of it until I moved to New York, until I went to the East Coast, and I got into dancehall and I got into some of the more uptempo club records. I literally have been a huge fan of reggae since I was a young kid. So, yeah… you’re gonna hear it very soon.”