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Anne-Marie at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2018

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Anne-Marie may seem like a relative pop newcomer, but she's hardly new to music.

The British singer (nee Nicholson), has been on stage since she was six, performing in a West End production of "Les Miserables." A martial arts champion as well, Anne-Marie got her break as a featured vocalist for the likes of Magnetic Man, Gorgon City, Raised By Wolves and as a member of the group Rudimental. She went solo in 2015 and released her debut album, "Speak Your Mind" -- which debuted at No. 3 in her homeland -- during April.

Now Anne-Marie, 27, is planting a flag on North American soil, playing her own club shows as well as opening for Ed Sheeran at stadiums...

• Anne-Marie says by phone that she hasn't known anything in her life other than performing. "I went to a performing arts school when I was really young and started getting into musical theater. I just knew I loved to sing; I think that was part of my goal, just to really sing in front of people. I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I learned from a lot of people how to write songs and went from there. I just fell in love with it."

• The singer says that having an album out "feels amazing. For me it's like a big milestone; As soon as I started writing songs it was for an album, and I love albums. I just really enjoy listening to every song of an artist. So it's always been my dream to release an album. To have one out finally, I can't believe it, still. I'm just glad it's out and people like it."

• Anne-Marie met Sheeran "back when I first started getting into the music industry. We met on a quick passing by, then met again in Paris when I was doing writing sessions and he was doing a show. We hit it off straightaway and became great friends, hung out all the time and never stopped. We stayed in contact and started touring together."

• "Speak Your Mind" features the song "2002," which Anne-Marie co-wrote with Sheeran. "I always wanted to do a song with him. We were in the same place, in London, at the same time at one point last year and decided to get in and do a sing. He's got so many ideas in his head, and so do I, so it was very easy."

• On her trek through North America Anne-Marie is hopping between small venues and Sheeran's stadiums, but she's adapting well to the juxtaposition. "It's cool to be going from these giant stadiums to these really intimate shows. Being a support act is quite a scary thing; I feel like people are there to see Ed Sheeran, but to be fair his audience is great. But then to go to the small venues where everyone is there for you...I really love it. I don't find it strange or anything; It’s just so different that you need to basically enjoy both, I think."

If You Go:

• Anne-Marie and Good Grace

• Saturday, Sept. 1. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $20.

• Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

• Also: Anne-Marie opens for Ed Sheeran on Sept. 8 at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St. Detroit. Call 313-262-2000 or visit fordfield.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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