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is hot and what we'd like to hear." Shortly thereafter, she was offered to record an album under Columbia Records.
During the recording process, Amerie also made collaboration with rapper Nas and Royce Da 5'9'. She then released her debut single entitled 'Why Don't We Fall in Love' in the spring of 2002. This single surprisingly became a radio hit and was included in the top 40 of Billboard Hot 100. Following this success, her first album, 'All I Have' was launched in July. Combining the unique and traditional elements of jazz, R&B, soul and hip-hop, the album strove to number 9 at Billboard 200 before eventually was established as a gold album. This attainment undoubtedly led Amerie to popularity and commercial success while gaining critical acclaim from the media. In 2003, she contributed her voice in LL Cool J's 'Paradise' and DJ Kay Slay's 'Too Much for Me.' She also hosted a television show on BET called 'The Center.'
In 2004, Amerie turned her attention from music for a while, exploring another chance to develop her talent. "I needed that time away from music in order to grow," she admitted. "Sometimes it's best to walk away and then come back." She then took a role in Forest Whitaker's romantic comedy movie entitled 'First Daughter', being in the same scene with Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton. Shortly thereafter, she returned to the studio to prepare her next album. Having solid persistence to make a better album than the previous one, she poured down all her capabilities to write songs, even decided to be the executive producer of the project. She also worked with various artists, like Dre and Vidal, Lil' Jon, Bryce Wilson, The Buchanans, Bink!, Red Spyda, Carl Thomas, Nas, Eve, and once again, Rich Harrison.
On April 26, 2005, Amerie finally came up with her sophomore album entitled 'Touch'. More self-assured and seductive, the album consisted of 13 compositions, including two remix songs of 'Why Don't We Fall in Love' and '1 Thing'. "Touch is a lot more multi-faceted and reflects where I am right now," she explained. "I learned a lot about myself. I'm in a different place in my life now, and I wanted this album to reflect that. There was definitely a specific vision in mind and I had to carry it out." To Amerie's delight, the album made an amazing sale of 124,000 copies