R+B star Amerie's went against her mother's wishes to launch a music career - she wanted her daughter to be a novelist. Amerie insists she had an overwhelming urge to be a singer - outweighing the desire to please her mom. Amerie, 27, says, "Mom wanted me to do something traditional, like be a novelist and work in the countryside, "If you want something really badly, instinct takes over to make it happen."