I'd be, like, why do I have to come down on one side or the other?
I get that people love to categorise, but I think we get a little too hung up on it sometimes.' (For the record, she feels 'very Korean', speaks the language fluently, and cooks Korean at home; she's also pretty big in Korea itself, where 'they seem to have really embraced me, which is great.')As a child, Amerie needed little inducement to perform for family and friends - 'I used to put on endless shows, and they'd be pleading with me to get my face out of the camera,' she recalls cheerily - but, as she got older, 'I got a lot shyer about that kind of stuff, whereas my sister became much more outgoing.
'She still loves going out to parties and dinners and I'll always prefer staying in and cooking. Think of all the parties you could be going to right now!
"'Angela also plays a leading role in crafting Amerie's image.
I think it all went in subliminally.' And, she adds, it's taken a while for all these influences to percolate into her own music.
But this time I think we're all ready for it.'Hang on, though; Amerie, now 29, was born in January 1978, which means that she was a mere stripling through most of the decade she claims to revere.