Ann-Marie Lataille is a soulful singer/songwriter who is making her mark in music.
Inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott as well as Bob Marley and Jamiroquai, Ann-Marie has natural vocal ability with a sultry voice that delivers her poetic lyrics with ease. Her music is a melting pot of genres drawing inspiration from Soul, RnB, Funk, Hip-Hop to name a few. The British Blacklist spoke to her to find out more…
What is your musical background and when did you start singing?
My father Faustin ‘Freddie’ Lataille had a sound system called Mighty F and his chest of treasured vinyls lived under the stairs until he went out on the road (or the river) or until he decided to marinate our atmosphere with some sweet and satisfying melodies of all genres. Sadly he is no longer with us, but the memories of him playing music with a soothing bassline will always be there.
I started singing at primary school in the school choir and orchestra. This led to me playing the double bass in the Harrow Orchestra for just under four years – something I wish I had continued. Unfortunately I cannot play anymore, but the experience has definitely given me a good ear for music and working with live bands.
I didn’t really sing again until performing arts college. Those were some of the best days of my life. To further build my confidence I did backing vocals and worked with Jaden Lee, someone who has always supported me with my music. I was given many opportunities to sing at the time, but I think I was too young to take it seriously.
A little while after I worked across Europe singing backing vocals for an artist called Tasha’s World.
After I returned I met some mind blowing talent, all of whom encouraged me and my music. I’d say I even found a second family in a group of musicians/singers/photographers/engineers/producers called The Organics. With their time and help this was the time ‘Lataille’ was born. I was then given the chance to perform on iconic stages such as The Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts, Cargo and 02 to name a few.
Even with all of this, I still didn’t take myself seriously as an artist until my most recent visit to Dominica. I realised that everyone in my family sang or played instruments. It made me acknowledge that music is in my blood and that it’s something I’m supposed to do.
Ann-Marie captivates her audience with her unique mix of music, comedy and spoken word. She has mastered the art of storytelling through her songs and has been compared to Marsha Ambrosius and her inspirations, Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott.
How does it feel to be compared with such successful artists?
Being compared to artists like Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius is like… the wickedest thing EVER! Please excuse my excitement, but that’s what it does. I feel honoured and blessed. To have my name mentioned in the same sentence as theirs lets me know I am on the right path. It encourages me to push myself further.
Lataille really is an artist that you must see live. She has great energy on stage and you can really see that she believes in her music. I first saw her supporting UMA winner Jadan Lee on backing vocals, whilst opening for Floetry at Shepherds Bush Empire. Her confidence was visible and I can remember being drawn in and focusing on her vocals.
My second experience was a more intimate affair. Ann-Marie was front and centre performing her own songs and she engaged with the audience in a unique and humorous way. I’ve seen her perform a few times so far and her strength behind the mic is certainly memorable. An online search for additional material confirmed that her delivery is consistent as well as effortless. Always giving a quality performance with a real passion for her craft.
Miss Lataille has recently completed her EP entitled ‘The Voices Made Me Do It’. A personal favourite of mine is ‘Just Us’ – mellow track that I can’t help but rock along to.Take a listen below:
TBBL: What can we expect from your EP launch event for ‘The Voices Made Me Do It’?
AML: My EP launch night should be something for everyone. I will be performing six tracks off the EP including ‘Just Us’ and ‘Life’s Hard to Handle’, with a phenomenal four piece band and my three beautiful backing vocalists. I’m hoping to provide the audience with an honest explanation of the concept behind the EP and its name plus the two albums which are scheduled to follow.
Rapper/producer ‘Guiltz’ will be attending plus another unstoppable rapper ‘Dabbla’ (part of the ‘LDZ’ crew) who feature on two of my tracks. I will hopefully drop a bar or two myself and might even have a battle! The host for the night, Sir Bigga, will definitely put a smile on your face.
There will be chances to win prizes including ‘Lataille’/’The Voices Made Me Do It’ merchandise. Cupcake company ‘Sweet Life’ will also be launching one of their cake ranges in honour of my EP. A selection of opening acts will also be performing on the night: VIB, Zoe Kypri, Andrae Bentley and Toneo.
I’m certainly excited for May 1st and can’t wait to see what she will show us on the night. Make sure you check her out an come to the EP launch if you can.
Event details: ‘The Voices Made Me Do It’ EP launch, Wednesday 1st May 2013, The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JX
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