Latasha Lee is a singer-songwriter with soul hailing from Corpus Christi, TX. This former X‑factor contestant is giving us life and bringing back a golden feel to music with a gritty, soulful, classic sound, that transports you back to the days when many of your favorite artists thrived. We had an opportunity to sit down with the songstress for a few minutes to hear her story and her music.
Tell us about your experience on the X‑factor.
L: My sister actually turned me on to the X‑factor. She’s a huge fan so she insisted that I go and audition. I made it to the top 50 and we went to boot camp. It was a great experience and I got to meet great people but I forgot the words as everybody saw and I may have said some things out of emotion and people took the wrong way but that’s not who I am at all. It was a great experience and I’m glad I got to try it.
Your voice has been compared to likes of Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Are there any artists in particular who inspire you?
L: Yes, Amy Winehouse does inspire me. Etta James, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding anybody from the past with that classic Motown soul music is my thing.
What was the first song you heard that had a strong effect on how you view music?
L: I would say, Etta James- “All I Can Do Was Cry”
When did you start singing? Or how did your love of music develop into a career?
L: I always knew I wanted to sing. Once I got up on the stage in, I knew, “Man this is where I need to be.” About 8 years ago, when I connected with platinum producer, Salih Williams of Carnival Beats, we started writing and working on producing the Latasha Lee sound.
Have you always been natural?
L: I’ve always been natural. Back in the late 90s early 2000s, when everybody was doing the crochet braids, I tried it because I had no idea what to do with my hair. My mom would always put it in plaits when I was a little girl and now I’ve realized there are things that I can do with it so I’m good.
Do you follow any particular regime for maintaining your tresses?
L: Not exactly. I do comb it out and grease it but I’m still looking for the stuff that I can use in my hair. I’ve tried so many products. Right now I’m just using what ever looks like it could do the job.
Your style definitely has a vintage 50s aesthetic. Where do you find pieces to make such a classic look?
L: Search closets, thrifting, Wal-Mart, anywhere I can go to find stuff that looks vintage and is cheap. You know, something that anybody can afford…I’m putting it together.
What is next for you and the Black Ties?
L: Spreading music, spreading love, making history bringing back that soul music.
What would you consider to be your dream collaboration?
L: I really want to work with Anthony Hamilton, Lauryn Hill and Charlie Wilson.
Check out the exclusive studio performance session Latasha did for BGLH: