By Aneesah Dryver –
Singer-songwriter Latoya London has a lot to smile about these days. The former American Idol contestant is starring as Nettie in the Broadway Musical of The Color Purple at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles running from February 10th-28th. She will be alongside Idol winner, Fantasia.
“It’s awesome working with Fantasia again and being in the same facility,” London says.
Latoya says that getting into the character of Nettie was natural for her and that she just fell into it.
“There’s a little Nettie in me,” says Latoya. Nettie is a free-spirited, worldly woman who values education.
“Nettie wanted to see the world,” Latoya says, “Nettie wanted her sister to learn what she learned.” Latoya compares Nettie’s vibrant, optimistic persona to her own and how Nettie seeks a lot out of life. It’s no wonder that Latoya is still going strong in an industry that is constantly changing and evolving.
Latoya says she’s more of an old school R&B lover and that artists today are only forgettable, carbon copies of artists who’ve created music before them. “There are no more innovators today,” Latoya says, “the new stuff is cute but not legendary.” She does give cite to 90’s girl group En Vogue as a musical influence for her and gives praise to producers like Timbaland and The Neptunes, identifying them as some of the few real genuine innovators of our time. Though it is a gradual process, Latoya is working on new material.
She’s getting a band together and wants to take her sound into a more pop-soul direction. She’s been listening to alternative rock band, Daughtry, and would like to work with them one day. Latoya’s music taste span a wide a range of genres from pop rock bands like Kings of Leon to edgy, alternative Kelly Clarkson. “Music is supposed to be tailored to the individual,” Latoya says.
She reminisces growing up and listening to Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, En Vogue, Anita Baker and other celebrated R&B songstresses who all had their own signature sound. With her persistence, talent and unwavering passion for life, Latoya could very well be in this elite class of unforgettable, talented women.
“Stay true to who you are,” Latoya advises.
“That’s what people will remember.”
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