We’re all too familiar with her voice – from her catchy hit ‘Alarm’ to the more recent chart-topper ‘Ciao Adios’ – Anne-Marie has shown that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The rising star has toured with Ed Sheeran and collaborated with notable artistes like Rudimental and Nick Jonas, even hitting number one on the UK Singles Chart with Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’.

For someone who has yet to release a debut album, this is an incredible feat. If that’s not enough, the 26-year-old is also an inspiring advocate for self-love and female empowerment. So it’s no surprise that fans flocked to our local Apple store to show their support for the talented songstress. In town for a short promo tour on 8 February, we caught up with the bubbly songbird before her performance for a chat on her upcoming album, friendship with Ed Sheeran and more.

2017 has been a phenomenal year for you. Was there a particular moment when you felt like “I’ve made it”?
Well, going into the year with ‘Rockabye’ being number one was pretty amazing. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel that way because I feel like I’m always going to want to achieve more, which is terrible, but I feel great every time I release a song.

Your new track ‘Friends’ has just been released, how do you feel about that?
Good! I’m really excited, in fact. It’s all happened really quickly. Normally I’d write songs and it takes a while before they are released. But this one was written last December and it’s my first single of the year, so it’s all very quick. We filmed the music video last week in LA and I can’t wait for people to see it!

As a relatively new artiste in today’s pop culture climate, what would you like to see more of in the music industry in the near future?
I feel like it’s pretty good right now. Everyone’s supporting each other, bringing everyone up with them and inspiring others. I love seeing people collaborate to make great music!

We love how you’re always so vocal about sharing your thoughts on social media. Are there any encouraging words you have for your fans struggling with personal issues?
Yeah. I feel like I ask my fans to love themselves a lot and and I do want people to love themselves. That comes from personal experience. When I was younger, I wasn’t really happy with myself and it took me a while to feel confident and happy. I don’t want people to feel sad. If someone tells you to love yourself and in the next week you don’t love yourself, don’t beat yourself up. If you’re going through that process, just know that it takes a long time for that to happen. I think the first step is to realise that everyone is different. It’s majorly about appearance, I think – realising that you don’t have the same hips as them, you don’t have the same legs as them… but that’s not a bad thing. I think realising that you’re individual and unique is really amazing.

From supporting Ed Sheeran on tour to embarking on your very own headlining tour, are there any memorable moments you’d like to share?
Yeah! We’ve been friends for so long. It was really lovely to be on tour with him because it felt totally comfortable. He’s so chill that he made me feel chill, even when I was nervous. That moment when he played ‘Ciao Adios’ in the dressing room with me was really memorable, because he hadn’t played that song before and he just went ahead and done it. It’s been a really cool process. I feel like if I hadn’t done all the things that I’ve done, I wouldn’t be who the performer I am today. By being on tour with Ed and performing with Rudimental, there’s a lot I’ve learnt from [them].

Speaking of your collaboration with Rudimental, you’ve worked with so many great artistes such as Clean Bandit and Marshmello. But if you had the chance to ask anybody to feature on your new record, who would it be?
I’m really into Logic at the moment. I think it’s just the pure fact of what he wants to put out to the world. He’s just a very positive person. And I love Anderson Paak and Eminem – just people who aren’t scared to speak their mind.

Image Credit: Aloysius Lim

We’ve read that all the songs you’ve written are based on true stories. Any interesting ones from your upcoming album to share?
Yeah, all of them! There’s a few songs about heartbreak because I’ve been through that, and they’re the ones that are out already. But there’s a lot about growing up as a female and becoming a strong woman and I’m talking about what’s going on in the world and what I wish the world was like. Just a lot of different stuff that I felt that I needed to say. I’m very vocal and open with people and I feel like it’s very important to me to just talk to people and hopefully inspire people.

Is there a song on the album that was particularly personal to write? 
Literally all of them. All of them are really personal. It’s quite scary doing that, but it helps me as well. It’s totally cathartic. I feel like if it’s helping me, then hopefully it’ll help other people too.

What kind of messages do you seek to convey through your album?
Positive ones! I feel like no matter what I write about, I try to end up being the stronger person in the situation. Even in heartbreak, I feel like I’m a much stronger person because of that. I don’t want to just write a sad song and still feel sad after that. I want to feel stronger and better.

Lastly, what’s a piece of advice you’d like to give to fans?
Be strong-minded, be opinionated, don’t be scared to speak out about something if you’re worried or scared. Talk to people and communicate. That’s very important.

Anne-Marie’s debut album is set to drop in April 2018. Meanwhile, check some of her latest singles here!

Image credits: Aloysius Lim, Warner Music Singapore

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