Watch H.E.R. play "Going" (Interlude), "Feel A Way", "Hard Place" and "Focus" at the Tiny Desk. Watch Tiny Desk Concerts ONE WEEK before they go on YouTube at 🤍🤍npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: 🤍twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: 🤍🤍instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 12, 2018 | Bobby Carter It's been said that you only get one chance to make a first impression. In H.E.R.'s case, you get two. She stunned us as a special guest for Daniel Ceasar's Tiny Desk concert earlier this year, in an appearance that showcased her vocal mastery. That earned her an invite to play again, front-and-center. She attacked her second go 'round with more fervor than the first, highlighting her skills as a multi-instrumentalist, maneuvering between acoustic and electric guitars, then the Fender Rhodes. While H.E.R. stands for "Having Everything Revealed," she's an artist who's built her reputation on a certain degree of anonymity. The cover art for her debut, 2016 EP, H.E.R. Volume 1, shows a woman's silhouette over a blue backdrop. Her visuals never provide the audience a clear shot of her face and her signature accessory for every outfit is a pair of large, dark sunglasses. As fans collectively squinted to get a better view, she delivered more projects. Another EP, H.E.R. Vol 2, came in 2017, followed months later by H.E.R. which combined songs from both volumes with a handful of new songs. The latter earned her five nominations for 2019's Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year and Best New Artist Of The Year. She was born Gabriella Wilson to a Filipino mother and Black father. She first attracted the spotlight as a child prodigy, eventually signing a record contract when she was 14-years old. At 21, she's yet to release her debut LP. There were two standout moments during her Tiny Desk set. One came at the midway point of her biggest hit so far, "Focus." When the instruments dropped out and background vocalists Ajanee Hambrick and Malik Spence chimed in with their lush harmonies, the audience melted. The second came when her focus was interrupted by a charming and sincere expression of gratitude for the Tiny Desk platform. For a split second it appears as though she's about to remove those sunglasses. "Not saying that I'm your favorite artist, but maybe me being here today says a lot." Set List "Going" (Interlude) "Feel A Way" "Hard Place" "Focus" Credits Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kaylee Domzalski, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri; Editor: Kaylee Domzalski; Production Assistant: Brie Martin; Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR
I been watching Durand’s progress for about 13 years now give or take. He’s always been amazing, but he just gets better and better. It’s been a privilege to see the progression.
thisss version of dont make me feel a way 🥶
They all sound the same....
OMG drooling over that Rhodes tho
People just love her, don't they!
they really went off with Focus
we don't have all day when doing vocalises echoes with her vocalists too funny 🤣👌🏽
where is he? the one who has inspired her , the reason of all those songs WHERE???to thank him for making her suffering and boosting creativity lol
can I sing to you ? just before focus
she s so mind-blowing
The female backup singer looks like Skai Jackson
The vibes so 🔥🔥🖤
Could you imagine D'Angelo in his hay day doing one of these?
This young woman is amazing!! Love H.E.R.!!!