H.E.R. Explains Why She Concealed Her Identity From The Public

The singer/instrumentalist is a contender for 2018's Best New Artist.

(AllHipHop News) At one time, it was considered career suicide for a music artist to let fans know too much about his or her personal life. That era seems to be over since social media has entertainers sharing a lot about their lifestyles.

R&B songstress H.E.R. (born Gabi Wilson) took the opposite approach. She mostly kept an aura of mystique around her as she rose through the ranks. The "Focus" vocalist talked about that decision with The Recording Academy.

"Concealing my identity came from me really trying to find ways to be super-honest in my music and to find a way for people to hear the music for what it is and not have any judgement or make any assumptions or think I can't relate to this because she's only this age or she looks like this so I don't know what that feels like," explained Wilson. "Sometimes we do that."

She continued, "In music, the substance has kind of been taken out because of social media and a face instead of real music, real lyrics, and real stories. I really just wanted it to be the forefront, I wanted my music to be the main focus."

H.E.R. had a breakout moment at the 2018 BET Awards in June. The California native took the stage with fellow singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar to perform a live rendition of their "Best Part" duet.