Not only just a pretty face, and yes we know, Pretty Girls DO Rock! Keri Hilson showed us that her creative genius knew no bounds. Working on and off stage, she penned behind the scenes for artists like Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Avant, Ludacris and many more. Now she’s back and ready to do it again and then some.
Full of wisdom and ready for her Summer 2019 return to the music scene and big screen, the songstress and actress took to instagram to announce her musical return saying, “Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, “In A Perfect World…” I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect… it is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019.”
For years people wondered, "Where’s Keri?", "What caused her hiatus?", and "When will she make music again?" Her decision to remove herself from the limelight at the the most pivitol point of her artistry was due to from her personal life not coinciding with the heights and glory of her professional life. So while she thanks us for our patience, we should be thanking her for her tenacity and transparency; it may be the guiding light individuals of every industry, especially music and media need when embodying the “me first” approach in the practice of self-care.
While her debut album, “In A Perfect World” provided many anecdotes for women and girls to be reminded of the importance of standing strong in the trials of life and love, she allowed for her hiatus to be a representation that the only “perfect world” that exists is the one in which we produce for ourselves, beginning internally.
With societal stigmas placed on the beliefs of how to combat mental health, depression and traumas, it may be difficult to determine the practices that work best for your well-being. While there are no “one size fits all” standards to wellness, one step at a time no matter your journey's length is always a step in the right direction.
In 2018, Hilson discussed mental health and depression as she sat with Silence The Shame, a platform that focuses on bringing awareness to the importance of mental health, social and emotional positivity and accessible resources for individuals and their woes, as they are not alone. During the panel discussion led by founder of Silence The Shame, Shanti Das, alongside fellow influential panelists, the songstress was candid about relationships, therapy and her strides of tackling private matters in the very public eye.
While Miss. Keri Baby herself once told us, “every woman has a breaking point”. After reaching that point of her own and taking an almost decade long hiatus to unlearn and relearn herself, we are excited and hope to learn more about these days In Her Perfect World.
Hilson’s multifaceted talents are also set to be seen on the reboot of hit 90's crime drama, NYUndercover alongside Malik Yoba and Fat Joe on ABC Network.
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