No artist in recent years has been shrouded in as much mystery as H.E.R. In 2016, RCA Records teased her EP, H.E.R., Vol. 1 and said the musician would be kept anonymous. Artists like Alicia Keyes and Bryson Tiller were quick to remark on the artist’s talents, but provided no spoilers. The irony of the meaning of the H.E.R. acronym (“Having Everything Revealed”) is also not lost on the singer. Her hope is that the anonymity will make the music more honest and real so that the person does not become bigger than the message.
While the individual may remain “anonymous,” there is no mystery as to why people flock to her music and live performances. On stage she is precocious and allows her music to unravel so viewers can take their own meanings from the lyrics. During her performance at Brooklyn Bowl she floated across the stage playing various instruments and singing to people in the crowd. The stage was lit to provide a similar image as the album cover- one bright light throwing her shape into silhouette against Brooklyn Bowl’s red curtains. She played the pleading “Focus” and the reflective “Losing.”
Then an added holiday bonus came for those attending the last stop of the tour. H.E.R. brought out Daniel Caesar to perform “Best Part.” She then yielded the stage to Caesar to perform a couple of his hit singles including, “Get You.” The crowd agreed with one fan who shouted, “this is the best night of my life!” After, H.E.R. returned to the stage to play tracks off of her debut album H.E.R. (which combined and expanded on her two EPs). She reiterated that we all have to find our own truths in our own ways. Her greatest message of the night was we are all H.E.R.
Article: Alx Bear