H.E.R. was included in Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need To Know” 2017 roundup and was named one of Forbes “5 Alternative R&B Artists To Look Out For In 2017.” Despite her rising success, H.E.R. has remained anonymous.
“The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project,” she explained in an interview. “I feel like oftentimes we don’t like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio. I am a voice for women who feel like they're alone in these situations. This project came from an emotion, and that's what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I'm with, but the raw emotion and support for women."