|Amerie & her mother|
|Amerie's name tattoo in Korean|
Born to an African American father (Charles Rogers) and a Korean mother (Mi Suk), Amerie's first language was Korean, and she lived in South Korea for 3 years as a child.
Amerie's debut album was released in 2002, and her debut single, "Why Don't We Fall in Love" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
There have been a few other blasian singers since Amerie, but had there been incognito blasians recording in the US before Amerie hit the music scene wearing her ethnicity on her sleeve? Then I discovered Sugar Pie DeSanto – the 1st blasian chart topper.
Sugar Pie DeSanto was born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. She is the daughter of an African American mother and a Filipino father. As a child, she spoke English and Tagalog and still speaks a little Tagalog with family.
In 1960, DeSanto's single "I Want to Know" reached #4 on Billboard's R&B chart. This was her biggest hit and her highest charting hit.
A blasian hit singer over 50 years ago. Who knew?
* Intermix.org.uk: A website for the benefit of mixed-race families and individuals, "Amerie's Happy to Talk About Ethnicity", September 1, 2008.
* San Francisco Bay Guardian, "Gimme a Little Sugar", March 12, 2003.