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Albums Of The Week: H.E.R. | Back Of My Mind

The R&B phenom stays true to form on her seductively groovy third full-length.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Fresh off the heels of an epic, genre-blending performance of Hold On with country music megastar Chris Stapleton at the 2021 CMT Awards, Grammy and Academy Award winner H.E.R. presents her third full-length release Back of My Mind.

In just under five years, H.E.R. — real name: Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson — has proven herself as a versatile R&B force to be reckoned with, earning 13 Grammy nominations and four wins, plus an Oscar for her powerful song Fight For You, from the film Judas and the Black Messiah. This year, she earned a Song of the Year Grammy Award for I Can’t Breathe, written in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black lives lost unnecessarily to police brutality. She also earned a Best R&B Song Grammy Award for her contribution to Robert Glasper’s Better Than I Imagined. In 2019, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (Best Part featuring Daniel Caesar) and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, among additional awards and accolades.

Over the years, H.E.R. has captivated audiences with countless stellar performances including the Super Bowl LV, 72nd Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, ABC’s Soul Of A Nation, Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, plus all of the morning and late-night television shows. She has also participated in fundraising activities to benefit various charity efforts including COVID relief and Black Lives Matter. While the world was under quarantine due to COVID-19, H.E.R. created Girls With Guitars, an Instagram Live performance and conversation series which featured guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Willow Smith, Tori Kelly, Alessia Cara, Chloe x Halle, Lianna La Havas, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) and more. This year, H.E.R. made her feature film debut in Yes Day, alongside Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez, currently on Netflix.”