18 Jun H.E.R. Releases Debut Album ‘Back of My Mind’
Songstress H.E.R. is a R&B force to be reckoned with, and she just released the album to prove it.
On Friday, H.E.R., born Gabriella Wilson, released her anticipated album, “Back of My Mind,” with 21 tracks and star-studded collaborations.
Behind “Back of My Mind”
While “Back of My Mind” is a debut album, it isn’t Wilson’s first full-length project. In fact, she released her Grammy-winning project “H.E.R.” in 2017, and “I Used to Know Her” in 2019.
Both projects spawned hits such as “Best Part” with Daniel Caesar. and “Could’ve Been” with Bryson Tiller.
Unlike Wilson’s previous work, “Back of My Mind” runs over 79 minutes and explores themes of love, vulnerability, success, and spirituality. She steps out of her comfort zone and explores her versatility with mainstream trap, neo-soul, and hip-hop.
The lead single “Come Through” is an acoustic ballad with R&B singer Chris Brown, pleading for a lover’s attention. Song “Damage” samples Janet Jackson’s “Makin’ Love in the Rain,” while “Cheat Codes” reinvents Lauryn Hill’s, “The Sweetest Thing.”
On the album, H.E.R. collaborates with producers Hit-Boy, Mike-Will Made It, and DJ Camper, who solely produced Brandy’s “B7” in 2020.
The 23-year-old is also joined by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Thundercat, DJ Khaled, and Lil Baby on the project.
What About H.E.R.?
Wilson’s music career catapulted after performing on television shows “Maury” and “The Today Show” at the age of 10.
At 14, Wilson signed to RCA Records under her real name and released “Something to Prove” as her first single.
In 2016, she rebranded as H.E.R., an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed,” but did not show her face, allowing listeners to focus on the music.
In an earlier interview with the Los Angeles Times, the singer explained her mysterious persona.
“The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project,” said Wilson. “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, I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio.”
After releasing her first EP, “H.E.R., Vol. 1”, Wilson received public support from various celebrities, such as Alicia Keys and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Singer Rihanna also posted a viral Instagram video with H.E.R.’s song “Focus.”
H.E.R. recently collaborated with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jhené Aiko, and Maroon 5. She also performed with Chris Stapleton at the 2021 CMT Awards.
H.E.R. is currently having a remarkable year.
In February, H.E.R. surprised fans after winning the Grammy for Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe,” a politically-charged anthem in response to George Floyd’s death. The song competed with nominees Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish.
In addition, Wilson also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Fight For You,” a song featured in the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
You can listen to H.E.R.’s newest album on all streaming services.