You know her as the Brit songbird who owned the charts with her oh-so-catchy pop jams ‘FRIENDS’, ‘2002’ and ‘Alarm’, but there’s so much more to Anne-Marie than her platinum-selling monster hits.
Riding an unstoppable wave of success since featuring on Clean Bandit’s global hit ‘Rockabye’, the Essex-born songstress has since shot to fame with her knack for churning out surefire banger after banger. While her rise to pop stardom seemingly occurred overnight, it was a journey riddled with self-doubt, anxiety and criticism.
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Despite the ups and downs, it was all thanks to these experiences that made her into who she is today. The Anne-Marie we know now is confident, honest and unafraid to speak her mind about what she believes in – hence bringing us to the title of her highly-acclaimed debut record, Speak Your Mind.
Following her chart-topping debut, things are only about to get even better for Anne-Marie as she begins to embark on her sell-out headlining tour, which includes a stop in Singapore this April. If you’ve yet to check her out, we’re here to catch you up to speed on everything you need to know about this rising pop star.
#1 She got her start in musicals
At the age of six, little Anne-Marie had already landed a notable role in the West End production, Les Misérables. “I thought I would be in musicals for the rest of my life,” said the talented singer in an interview with Evening Standard, who later on starred in the 1996 classic Whistle Down The Wind alongside Jessie J when she was 12. “But then my voice changed and went lower, so I went off on my own direction and started writing my own songs. Being in musicals really taught me how to tell a story through singing.”
#2 A singer by day, karate master by night
Besides being one of the biggest breakout pop stars, Anne-Marie has a black belt in shotokan karate and is also a three-time world karate champion. In a radio interview with the Confidential on Nova, she explained: “I started when I was nine and carried on doing it. I am my own bodyguard, I don’t need to hire anyone.” We love a strong, independent woman who’s fully capable of protecting herself and others!
#3 She has an eye for collaborations
From touring the world with Rudimental to hitting the studios with Ed Sheeran (which eventually spawned the hit single ‘2002’), the ‘Ciaos Adios’ singer never lets us down when it comes to collaborations. Her never-ending list of collaborators also includes the likes of Clean Bandit, Marshmello, David Guetta, Nick Jonas… the list goes on.
In addition, we previously found out that Anne-Marie was “really into Logic at the moment” and expressed her desire to work with “people who aren’t scared to speak their minds” like Anderson Paak and Eminem, so we wouldn’t be surprised if these stellar music-makers decide to team up for a killer collab one day.
#4 She has the midas touch
It’s official: everything the banger-machine touches turns to gold (or rather, platinum). All the tracks in her discography are straight-up bops, so it’s no wonder that three of her hit singles – ‘Alarm’, ‘Ciao Adios’ and the Marshmello-assisted ‘FRIENDS’ – have achieved multi-platinum status, amongst other achievements. Way to go, Anne-Marie!
#5 She’s just like any of us
At the end of the day, she really isn’t that different from the rest of us. Having struggled with anxiety since the age of 12, the singer confessed that she has been plagued with self-esteem and body confidence issues throughout her career. “Sometimes I feel good, and sometimes I feel bad. Anxiety is my biggest challenge, but I try to stay honest about my feelings in my songs,” she got real in an interview with Glamour magazine. “I want people to enjoy my songs and feel positive listening to them, but I also want them to feel something. I like to think my music is therapy for other people because, ultimately, that’s what it’s been for me.”
If that doesn’t make you love Anne-Marie even more, we’re not sure what will.
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Be sure to show Anne-Marie lots of love when she comes to Singapore for her Speak Your Mind tour on 9 April 2019 at the Capitol Theatre! Tickets are still up for grabs, so head over to APACTix to snatch ’em up.