Latecia was born and raised in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The young songstress began writing songs at the age of seven. At the age of ten, Latecia formed an R&B duo with Jennifer Lighty (younger sister of Chris Lighty, CEO of Violator Management). Their first song “Pick it Up” was recorded on a simple audio recorder in her grandmother’s basement. Dreams of a music career quickly flourished.
In the years to come, Latecia would compete in local talent shows and host an array of events while pursing her musical career. During the spring of 2007, Latecia met Eugene (Pete) Alexander of NBB Entertainment after performing at a local talent show. Pete saw potential in the young songstress and invited her to meet his partners Mike Anderson and Ronald Ward. She was given the opportunity to write and record a song using one of NBB’s electrifying tracks. The song was a hit, but to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, she was asked to record another song. By the time the third song was recorded, Latecia had three solid hits. It was apparent that this newly formed union had the potential to burst the music industry wide open. “All my life I’ve wanted the opportunity to express my musical compositions to the world. I feel the music, I love the music, and I want to show others that there are alternative ways to pursuing your dreams… NEVER GIVE UP!! You only fail when you QUIT!”
What title could be more appropriate for Latecia’s debut album than I LOVE THE MUSIC? Set to debut in the summer of 2008, I LOVE THE MUSIC with production from NBB Entertainment, electrifies the music industry and regenerates the R&B genre. The album takes you on a ride through love, life, relationships and everyday struggles that we all go through. “You really have to be dedicated and determined to make it in this industry. This business is really grimy. The business side can scare you away from pursuing your passion, but if you love it, you’ll stick with it no matter how many obstacles are thrown in your way,” she admits. Latecia wrote or co-wrote a majority of the songs on her album. One of her favorite quotes, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” can be seen all throughout her music and writing skills. “When I’m going through trials and tribulations, I deal with it through my music. It doesn’t matter if I’m angry, happy or sad, you’ll hear about it in a song because self-expression through music is important to me.”
Through hard work and sheer determination, Latecia is on track to becoming one of the hottest R&B songwriters and entertainers to grace the presence of the music industry. With so many great songs, I LOVE THE MUSIC will captivate its listeners, bringing them into Latecia’s world to live, love, and feel the music!
From the first song “Da Bomb,” Latecia expresses her joy having finally arrived on the music scene. She admits to her excitement for the musical explosion her listeners will experience in her songs.
We move from the passionate and fiery tone of “Da Bomb” to “Live My Life”. The song delivers a strong message encouraging all to continue with the struggle, despite the problems they may encounter. There’s an old school feel to this track that’s reminiscent of fun times at the roller skating ring.
Latecia’s song craft also reveals that she isn’t afraid to veer into the romantic scene. In “Don’t Let It Be Love,” she expresses feelings about an old boyfriend. She goes on to say in the song, “I care about you…I always have… The break-up was temporary… You’re still my man.” The words evoke emotion from anyone who’s ever experienced a break-up and continues to have feelings for their ex.
Backed by the pulsating sounds of NBB Productions,“Ready To Chill” brings in a sultry mood for the club crowd. The song is about the anticipation of spending quality time with a significant other. The song features rap artist Drastic. The dynamic artists team up to deliver a smash hit for the radio.
“Just Wanna Have Fun,” is all about having fun and letting it loose in the party scene.
“ I wanted to set the record straight in this song by letting men know that you don’t have to flash money or pretend to be a playa to get our attention. If a guy is respectful and fun to be around, we’ll want to party with him. If he’s cute, that’s even better (laughing)!”A self-described \"hard worker\" who can be \"silly\" at times, she explains that it’s really about the music and her need to express everyday situations in lyrics.
On a more serious note, “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” addresses that outrageous moment when a woman finds out her man has been cheating. Inspired by a true story, a young woman places a phone call to her boyfriend to let him know that she’s discovered incriminating evidence on his secondary cell phone. Influenced by life’s ever enduring situations, Latecia describes a woman’s perspective during her moment of truth. “My most inspiring points of view are from difficult moments like this. Those experiences have helped to shape me into the woman I am today. This song is for anyone who has ever been betrayed. You may think you’re alone, but many people experience heartbreak on many different levels.”
Don’t give up on love just yet! Latecia admits that love is a beautiful thing and explains that message fully in “Key 2 My Heart.” The melodic flow compliments her passionate message that the heart is delicate and should only be trusted in the hands of someone who truly cares for you.
To spice things up again, Latecia gets back into the club groove with “Make It Hot” featuring NBB’s own P-GUTTA. They let folks know to leave the attitude at the door because this song is strictly for drama-free people. “We had a ball doing this song. Gutta is definitely true to his craft and helped to deliver us with another hit!”
Latecia brings it home by returning us to her reason for creating this album. “I Love The Music,” explains how important music is to her. “I love this song. It inspires me every time I here it because music is my best friend.”
The album also has a stepping groove entitled, “Glide Wit It.” This song packs quite a punch. It features a new step dance created by Latecia. “Now, I had the most fun creating this song! It moves me to see people dancing to something I made. I enjoy watching the kids have fun when this song comes on.”
Next, she takes it up a notch with the upbeat track, “In Da Club.” This song will become another anthem for club-goers. It acknowledges everyone in the crowd and shows love to the most important person, the DJ! We couldn’t get a party started without you.
Did somebody call for a firefighter? Well maybe not, but if your looking for courage, “Fire” shows Latecia’s strong side. In this song she explains how she gained her strength, confidence, and poise. She lets the world know that life isn’t easy, but with “fire” and determination you can make it through anything.
“You Drive Me Crazy” is a feel-good, old school styled, blast from the past. Written by Ronald “BO” Ward Jr., “You Drive Me Crazy” has a radio-friendly vibe that brings back the smooth flow of the R&B genre. “This song reminded me of all the things we feel when the right person is in our lives. You get excited just by hearing their voice. Their love literally drives you crazy.”
A twist on that philosophy is on display in “So Long.” On the track, Latecia tells a story about a woman who comes home early to surprise her man, only to find another woman at his residence. Now that’s crazy, but not in a good way.
Last but not least is “Love Me Tonight,” written by Ronald Ward Jr. and Craig from the R&B group Smuv. This song is about a couple that can’t wait to spend time together. It definitely softens the mood for you love birds out there.
So there you have it. I LOVE THE MUSIC is an album about life. Its listeners will feel a connection with Latecia as she uses music to get through rough times and to celebrate the good times as well. We experience a lot of emotions throughout our life, and this album will be with you every step of the way.