She also assumed more creative control over the visual imagery accompanying the album, such as videos and artwork—"I feel like when you do a record, you have a vision in your mind and you want to carry it across—and it doesn't end with the studio", she has said.
In March 2005, Amerie released the lead single, titled "1 Thing".
"1 Thing" also spawned into a variety of remixes by rappers such as Eve, Fabolous, and Jay-Z.
In 2009, "1 Thing" was sixth on The Root's list of Top 10 Hip-Hop/R&B Songs of the 2000s.
1, which reached number 53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Amerie appeared on Bow Wow's third album Unleashed singing the hook on "To My Mama".
In July 2002, Amerie's debut single, "Why Don't We Fall in Love", was released, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a top ten hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts.
Ameriie released her fourth studio album, In Love & War, in 2009, her first album under Island Def Jam. Amerie describes her parents as conservative, protective, traditional Christians.
Growing up, she and her sister were forbidden to leave the house or use the phone on school days. Blige's albums Mary and No More Drama—began making/developing demos with Amerie.
She cited music of the 1980s as a major influence on the album, saying "I love 80's music period!
That's why I did Because I Love It, since it had mostly R&B, soul, and 80's new wave.