Tell Me You Love Me

Album: In Love & War (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track from American R&B singer Amerie's fourth studio album, In Love & War.
  • Amerie explained in publicity materials that she mapped out the sound of In Love & War before she sat with any producers. She explained: "The process would usually be quite a few steps. Usually I'd get a raw instrumental, and from there I'd pick out parts and sounds, and then format them to create the arrangement of the song. Once I wrote and vocalised it, I'd talk to the producer again about adding additional instrumentation I felt was necessary, like strings, additional keys, building the bridge, just basically formatting the record."
  • One producer who instantly understood what Amerie needed was Teddy Riley, who produced this track. She said, "I didn't really have to say much to Teddy. I told him I wanted something signature 'me.' He knew exactly what to do. It was like magic. I wrote that record freestyling in the vocal booth after hearing it for the first time. Killer."

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