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THE NEWLYWEDS: Ameriie Reveals How She And Lenny Met, How She Chose Her Vows, And Deets About Next Album

 

We told you earlier about the uber-posh wedding in Anguilla that Ameriie had to former Columbia Records Exec Lenny Nicholson.  And now the new Mrs. Nicholson herself is talking about how they met, their marriage so far, and her next album.  Get the deets inside....

 

Amerie recently chatted with ESSENCE.com about her new role as wife and how she met and fell in love with her husband in a new article.  She also reveals the title of her next album (Cymatika) and says it will blend new wave and electronic music.

 

ESSENCE: How did you and Lenny fall in love?
AMERIIE
:
I was working on my second album. The whole vibe of this album was that I’m free and I’m single and I’m not checking for anybody. So I’m there and I feel a tap on my shoulder. I look up and it’s him. I didn’t totally recognize him because he had a hat on. So I’m like, “Who are you?” He’s like, “I’m your A&R!” I was like, “Oh I didn’t recognize you with the hat on.” So he took off the hat and I just remember thinking that I knew he was cute but he was on a whole other level. We’re having the session and we just start texting each other back and forth throughout. We knew each other professionally but not personally, so it was sort of weird at first. But somehow we had a conversation and agreed when we got back to New York we’d go on a date. We went on that date on November 3rd. We’ve been inseparable ever since and that was seven and a half years ago. We remember all of the dates.

ESSENCE: What did you and Lenny say to each other in your vows?
AMERIIE:
We did traditional vows. The thing with Lenny and I is that we write each other all the time -- things like personal emails and love letters -- we’ve always done that. The things that people would probably put in their vows we put into our emails, love letters, and cards to each other so we do a lot of those things. For the wedding we were thinking traditional because it’s something that’s been said for hundred and hundreds of years and I love history and old things.

ESSENCE: What’s up next for you?
AMERIIE:
Right now I’m continuing the recording process for the album. The album is called Cymatika, which is named after cymatics, the study of visual sound. The last album was very hip-hop soul, R&B, and rock, but this time I fused electronica and new wave, and a lot of classic song structure. I usually sing about love but for this album I really wanted to talk about the human experience. Not in the romantic sense but just being who you really are and not running from yourself.

Ahhh. Sounds like they're happy.  I hope that translates into chart success for the pair....

Check out Essence.com for the full interview.

 

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Lovely story, love love. If

Lovely story, love love. If anything there is a lesson to be learned. If it is true that she began seeing him, while he was involved, it's a small wonder why her singing career has moved at snails speed. Karma is a mother, and if someone is involved respect yourself and him enough to hold off until he gets his ish together, married or not... I love her yet never knew what was going on with her sales, she is very UNDERRATED! Also if Beyonce played a role in jeoperdising her career, she too will not walk free.It's amazing how Ameries signature look has been her legs in short shorts or skirts, yet unlike Beyonce she never gives that IM about to make my street rounds, turrning tricks vibe! And has spread the virus know as hoeism to girls the world over, now you have hoodrats showing symptoms of slutism..skankism and the WORKS! She thinks she's getting away with trampling over kicking stealing of of everyone in her way to get to the top..but really she has nothing but time and an extra long rope to hang herself with. I cannot STAND the image she portrays, and how she is exaulted as a damn role model in the same breath.
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@Anon-Am-I and LEI LEI: No

@Anon-Am-I and LEI LEI: No she won't be an old maid, she'll be married to someone who is ready and not bull$h&& her youth away. She'll be an old maid if she sits around waiting for men like you two.
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT make another album, Amerie. You lucked up with '1 Thing' - lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Focus on modeling or something, just stay away from the studio!!!
Anonymous's picture

Amerie is so undrated I have

Amerie is so undrated I have all her Cds and she really makes some good songs her 1st album classic to name a few classic songs of hers, paint me over, Flower, red eye and I can go on on on. SHE IS MY FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST. She makes music that I definity can relate too!!!
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7years HELLLL the F NOOOO...

7years HELLLL the F NOOOO... after 3 years at the MOST we aint MARRIED its a WRAP!!!!! but on a GOOD note they make a beautiful pair (:
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Men probably run the other

Men probably run the other way when they see you coming.....guess you'll always be an old maid.
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You'll never get married in

You'll never get married in this day and age with that attitude! LOL
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lol I had no idea they'd been

lol I had no idea they'd been together that long...but hey different strokes for different folks
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Wish nothing but the best for

Wish nothing but the best for her and her husband. But she is no longer relevant. Her last song was when? She has been around for years and had two songs i can name. Of course she married a record executive. Hope its a long and loving relationship
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Who are you to say who's

Who are you to say who's irrelevant? Every artist has their ups and downs, but only when they quit THAT'S when they become irrelevant. All it takes is 1 hit single and then you'll be all over her.
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Those of you who speak

Those of you who speak NEGATIVELY on a positive matter should not expect to live happily and enjoy a good life. Karma's a chameleon, boo.... Wishing nothing but the best for Amerie and Lenny!
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I approve!

I approve!
Wynter's picture

I can listen to her album

I can listen to her album "All I Have" straight. I still listen to it. Whoever produced that album did a great job. "Nothing Like Loving You" and "All I Have" ( a true breakup song!!!) are my faves!
Anonymous's picture

Major co-sign ladies...matter

Major co-sign ladies...matter of fact, popping it in now.
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me too. Its a classic, I'd

me too. Its a classic, I'd say the best album to come out of last decade.
Ankanoi's picture

YES! i love that album. it

YES! i love that album. it has aged wonderfully. love Amerie! can't wait to see what she has in store :)
Anonymous's picture

I hope their union is

I hope their union is blessed...so happy to see couples in love and jumping the broom http://www.natoyaebony.com/
Anonymous's picture

I love Amerie's music...you

I love Amerie's music...you can actually listen to her whole cd's..imagine that..lol
Anonymous's picture

aww..that was

aww..that was beautiful...:) ..Subway giving back after laying off over 1,300 people.. http://goo.gl/wlOYt $100 giftcards..shit i grab 3 of them..lol Subway giving back after laying off over 1,300 people.. http://goo.gl/wlOYt $100 giftcards..shit i grab 3 of them..lol Subway giving back after laying off over 1,300 people.. http://goo.gl/wlOYt $100 giftcards..shit i grab 3 of them..lol
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Shut the fuck up, your a bum

Shut the fuck up, your a bum bitch and will continue to be one. So deal, Ameriie has your MIND.
Ankanoi's picture

Angry are we

Angry are we
Anonymous's picture

who cares?! she's irrelevant

who cares?! she's irrelevant & he's behind the scenes lol
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You obviously care because u

You obviously care because u made the fucking comment dumb bitch. You're a NON muthafucking factor.
Ankanoi's picture

wow y so passionate? Do you

wow y so passionate? Do you know them? Like somebody else said "she's irrelevant and he is behind the scenes".
Anonymous's picture

listen if you ever want to

listen if you ever want to put out another lame album you have to be my woman
Anonymous's picture

Can't folks just with these

Can't folks just with these folks love and happiness? Dang, people. She's happy. He's happy. Being with someone for 7 years is a long time. I only liked her first album and the singe "1 thing". They are a cute couple!
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Sweet. Love Amerie. Wish them

Sweet. Love Amerie. Wish them both the best!
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Didn't mention that he was

Didn't mention that he was with a woman that he has kids with when they first starting hooking up with.
Anonymous's picture

Probably because they fact

Probably because they fact check b4 printing GOSSIP
Anonymous's picture

If he wasn't married, it

If he wasn't married, it doesn't count. Maybe more women outta but that wedding BEFORE child birth.
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Lenny WAS married when he and

Lenny WAS married when he and Amerie started dating...
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Oh u don't kno??? On some

Oh u don't kno??? On some real shit... Check da record: Amerie 'Just One Thing' vs Beyonce 'Crazy In Love'... Bey jack'd her style so hard she even recruited the producer (Rich Harrison) who did Just One Thing to produce Crazy In Love. Amerie fired back @ Bey w/ 'Because I Love It' then Columbia Records shut her down. Then Amerie KILLS it on 'Heard 'Em All' & the label don' t even push it. On sum Bonie & Klide shit... Ya girl Bey is the real Bonie. UNDERSTAND THAT
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Rich Harrison is the guy that

Rich Harrison is the guy that produced Amerie's first album All I Have in 2002 and Touch in 2005. They were introduced because they were both on the entertainment scene in DC. Rich Harrison actually got his start with a big label name with Mary J. Blige doing songs on Mary and No More Drama. And he produced on Kelly Rowland's debut album. His career went to an unprecedented level when he did Crazy in Love for Beyonce. But this is the thing, Beyonce was the one who heard the integration of the DC/gogo sound in the song and new that it would be a hit. Amerie and Rich were the ones on the scene and obviously knew of the movement but they did not take advantage. Amerie is the one who let herself get scooped. By the time she used the sound in her 2005 hit 1 Thing, Beyonce had already done crazy in Love.
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I have been saying this for

I have been saying this for years and everyone always comes back with some whack ass comment like saying people are "hating"' I agree with you she has jacked ameries style and for the person who said you were stupid...and mentioned 1 Thing...when did beyonce come out with her Sasha fierce character??? With the leotards and showing extra leg??? Yes after 1 thing! Dummy! And when amerie came out with her first cd..with why don't we fall in love...was she not with Columbia and did she not walk out and have guys going crazy for her legs in the short shorts that beyonce wore in crazy in love which came out after amerie???? Oh...okay...you are the dummy and the stupid one for not seeing the great similarities there. I'm not even blaming beyonce because the execs at Columbia move on when a style does not translate Into $$$$ for one artist they have a hand in takin it and using it for some one else!
Anonymous's picture

I have been saying this for

I have been saying this for years and everyone always comes back with some whack ass comment like saying people are "hating"' I agree with you she has jacked ameries style and for the person who said you were stupid...and mentioned 1 Thing...when did beyonce come out with her Sasha fierce character??? With the leotards and showing extra leg??? Yes after 1 thing! Dummy! And when amerie came out with her first cd..with why don't we fall in love...was she not with Columbia and did she not walk out and have guys going crazy for her legs in the short shorts that beyonce wore in crazy in love which came out after amerie???? Oh...okay...you are the dummy and the stupid one for not seeing the great similarities there. I'm not even blaming beyonce because the execs at Columbia move on when a style does not translate Into $$$$ for one artist they have a hand in takin it and using it for some one else!
Anonymous's picture

U r so stupid and full of

U r so stupid and full of hate and crap that u don't even know that Crazy in love came out in 2003 and 1thing came out in 2005? So how did Bey JACKED something that came out 2years after her song. People like u always up to stir some shit but guess what it looks like ur campaigns to destabilize ain't working cos she's still at that top bish this gotta be the most stupid comment i've ever read
Anonymous's picture

Congrats to Amerie & Lenny.

Congrats to Amerie & Lenny. I cannot wait to hear her new album. And finally - cosign your post. It's been whispered for too long that Bey & Matthew shut Amerie's 2nd album down which is why as '1 Thing' was blowing up her album was held back until 6 months afterwards. This is why everybody swears that A copied B when in fact B swagger jacked A and still is if you listen to A's 'BECAUSE I LOVE IT' & B's '4'.
Taj's picture

7 years??? Oh hell naw!!!!!

7 years??? Oh hell naw!!!!!
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LMFAOOO!!!

LMFAOOO!!!
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ima just say this...when

ima just say this...when people in love they wanna share with EVERYBODY so i dont fault them for that. hopefully it translates into good music. i only recall 2-3 songs from her though. i used to do stilletto fit classes to one track [singing] its this 1 thing that got be trippin..oh oh oh oh ohhhhh < i liked that song!
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wishing them all the best in

wishing them all the best in their marriage. it's nice to see people happy.
LoveLove's picture

Pretty girl but needs 2 stop

Pretty girl but needs 2 stop with all of tat damn screaming!! She is NOT underrated. I think she is rated fairly. She puts out garbage and therefore, she is WACK!!
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