The secretive singer H.E.R. has announced a fall U.S. tour and fans are eager to see how she will reveal her identity, or if she'll find a way to perform while obscuring it.
Originating from Vallejo, Calif., the artist born Gabi Wilson rose to popularity after dropping her 2016 project H.E.R. Volume 1, which made iTunes’ Best of 2016 R&B/Soul Albums chart. Like Sia and Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah when he first hit the scene, the RCA signee has chosen to hide her identity.
The Los Angeles Times reports that when the record label delivered Volume 1 to the media for review, it didn’t come with any photos: "The identity of the artist would remain secret,” a press release read. The singer also gave a reason as to why she doesn't show her face.
“Whether you know who I am or not, you don’t really know who I am,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Jeff Robinson, H.E.R.'s manager, explained his artist's choice in more detail.
“Coming out in this kind of way has made her free so that she can just concentrate on making music and having people judge the music for what it is,” he said in that same Los Angeles Times interview. “She wanted to touch people without dealing with anything else.”
In June of this year, the singer released the follow-up to her debut, Volume 2, with songs like “Still Down” and “Every Kind of Way” quickly catching on and being streamed 1 million and 850,000 times respectively.
To see those songs and others performed live, be sure to catch H.E.R. when she heads out on tour, which starts in Washington D.C. on Nov. 5 and includes stops at Boston's Sinclair on Nov. 6, the El Club in Detroit on Nov. 12 and Trees in Dallas on Nov. 16.
Nov. 5 - Washington D.C. - U Street Music Hall
Nov. 6 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 8 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Nov. 10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov. 12 - Detroit, MI - El Club (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 16 - Dallas, TX - TX Trees (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 17 - Houston, TX - Studio @ Warehouse Live
Nov. 19 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Nov. 20 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Nov. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Nov. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows
Nov. 25 - Santa Ana, CA - El Rey Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 26 - Santa Ana, Ca - Constellation Room
Nov. 27 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 29 - Seattle, WA - Neumos (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 30 - Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club