Amel Larrieux Biography

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Perhaps best known as the singer for the short-lived mid-90s R&B outfit, Groove Theory, Amel Larrieux has also lent her vocal talents to recordings by several renowned outfits, in addition to launching a solo career shortly after the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Larrieux was raised in Manhattan, in an apartment called Westbeth, which was largely inhabited by artists. Encouraged by her professor/dance critic mother to follow her growing interest in the arts, Larrieux began studying dance and penned poetry, in addition to singing. By the early 90s, Larrieux had formed Groove Theory with ex-Mantronix rapper Bryce Wilson, a duo which scored a US Top 5 hit single in 1995 with ‘Tell Me’, taken from their successful self-titled debut album, issued the same year. Larrieux subsequently sang on recordings by the Roots, Soulive, Sweetback (a band formed by Sade’s backing musicians), and Jazzmatazz, among others, and in 2000 released her solo debut, Infinite Possibilities. Recorded with her husband Laru and released by Epic Records, the album’s smooth jazz soul vibe drew obvious comparisons to the work of Sade.

Two years later, Larrieux duetted with Canadian soul singer Glenn Lewis on the track ‘What’s Come Over Me?’, taken from the Barbershop soundtrack. Her second major label album, 2004’s Bravebird, featured the R&B hit ‘For Real’. After parting company with Epic Records, Larrieux signed to the independent label Blisslife and released Morning. The album was a critical success and also a minor sales hit, a timely reward for one of America’s unsung soul singers. Her fourth album, 2007’s Lovely Standards, featured Larrieux’s interpretations of the great American songbook.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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