Anne Marie: Biography

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Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson, born on 7 April 1991, is an English singer-songwriter known for charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye,” which reached number one, and hits like “Alarm,” “Ciao Adios,” “Friends,” “2002,” “Don’t Play,” and “Kiss My (Uh-Oh).” Her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind (2018), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. In 2021, she released her second studio album, Therapy, followed by her third studio album, Unhealthy, in 2023, both reaching number two on the UK Albums Chart.

Anne-Marie earned four nominations at the 2019 Brit Awards, including Best British Female Solo Artist. Overall, she has received ten Brit Award nominations, along with nominations for a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy Award. In 2015, she signed a record deal with Asylum, a sub-label of Atlantic Records, through which she released her work. Anne-Marie also served as a coach on the television singing competition The Voice UK from 2021 to 2023.

Early life

Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson, born on 7 April 1991 in East Tilbury, Essex, has a mother who is a local teacher and a father, a builder and handyman, hailing from the East End of London. She has an older sister named Samantha.

At the age of five, Anne-Marie attended stage school and participated in two West End productions during her childhood. She auditioned for Les Misérables at six and performed in Whistle Down the Wind with Jessie J at the age of twelve.

Anne-Marie studied at St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope, actively engaging in performing arts. However, her initial popularity declined at fourteen when she faced bullying and isolation from classmates due to false accusations. She expressed regret for being a difficult child, influenced by her grandmother’s death at twelve. Ed Sheeran advised her to “call [her] mum and dad every day.” She later attended Palmer’s College in Thurrock.

A black belt in Shotokan karate, Anne-Marie began lessons at nine and achieved triple world champion status, securing double gold at the world championships and gold at the United Kingdom Karate championships in 2002. Karate instilled in her the “discipline and focus” crucial for her singing career. Despite the challenges of her music career, Anne-Marie continues to value the lessons learned from karate.


Anne-Marie, initially noticed by Rocket Music, released the demo “Summer Girl” in 2013, gaining attention after Ed Sheeran shared it on his Twitter account. Despite the potential for a solo career, she opted to focus on artistic development.

Guest appearances on tracks by Magnetic Man, Gorgon City, and Raized by Wolves brought Anne-Marie to Rudimental’s notice. In 2014, she was invited to join the band as a replacement for a departing vocalist. Over two years, Anne-Marie toured with Rudimental, contributing to four tracks on their second album, We the Generation (2015), including “Rumour Mill,” which reached number 67 on the UK Singles Chart, boosting her confidence to pursue a solo career.

Anne-Marie’s debut extended play (EP), Karate EP, released on 10 June 2015 under Rudimental’s label Major Tom’s, featured three tracks and a remix. Produced by Josh Record and Two Inch Records, it included debut single “Karate” and “Gemini,” marking Anne-Marie’s first solo live performances. The Guardian praised “Boy” and noted that Karate showcased her readiness to step out on her own. In November, she released the single “Do It Right,” which peaked at number 90 on the UK Singles Chart.


Anne-Marie’s debut album, initially titled “Breathing Fire,” saw its first single, “Alarm,” released on 20 May 2016. Initially reaching number 76, it later peaked at number 16 and earned Platinum certification in the UK. In October 2016, she played at Eurosonic Noorderslag in the Netherlands, and in the same month, Anne-Marie featured on Illy’s song “Catch 22.” Her collaboration with Clean Bandit on “Rockabye,” released in October 2016, became a massive success, spending nine consecutive weeks at number one and securing the Christmas number one spot. The song received multi-platinum certifications across Europe, North America, and Oceania.

“Ciao Adios,” released on 10 March 2017, became another top 10 hit in the UK, charting at number nine and earning Platinum certification. Anne-Marie continued her success with singles like “Either Way” with Snakehips and Joey Badass, “Heavy,” and “Then.” In 2018, she collaborated with Marshmello on “Friends,” released on 9 February, becoming her second top-five UK hit as a lead artist.

On 22 February 2018, Anne-Marie announced that her debut studio album, “Speak Your Mind,” would be released on 27 April 2018. Prior to the album release, she dropped the single “2002” on 20 April, responding to Ed Sheeran’s persistent encouragement, as he co-created the song. In July 2018, Anne-Marie featured on David Guetta’s “Don’t Leave Me Alone,” which peaked at 18 on the UK Singles chart.

In November 2018, Anne-Marie collaborated with James Arthur on “Rewrite the Stars” for the re-recording of The Greatest Showman soundtrack, titled “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined.”


In 2019, Anne-Marie featured on Lauv’s single “Lonely” for the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3, released on 1 August. She also released the songs “Birthday” on 7 February and “Her” on Mother’s Day 2020. The track “To Be Young,” featuring Doja Cat, came out on 17 July. On 28 August, she featured on Rudimental’s “Come Over.” Anne-Marie released the single “Problems” on 12 November, accompanied by her documentary, “How To Be Anne-Marie,” released on YouTube Originals on the same day. The documentary provided insights into her personal life and time away from the limelight, featuring appearances from fellow celebrities, including Little Mix.

On 2 January 2021, Anne-Marie became the newest coach for the tenth series of The Voice UK, replacing Meghan Trainor. A member of her team, Craig Eddie, won series 10, marking Anne-Marie’s first coaching victory.

On 15 January, she released the single “Don’t Play” in collaboration with KSI and Digital Farm Animals as the lead single from her second studio album. Anne-Marie contributed vocals to “Way Too Long” with Nathan Dawe and MoStack on 9 April. On 13 May, she announced “Our Song” with Niall Horan as the third single from her upcoming second studio album, released on 21 May. On 12 July, Anne-Marie released the track “Beautiful,” narrating the life of Syrian refugee and parathlete Dima Aktaa. On 23 July, she released the single “Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” featuring Little Mix, coinciding with the release of her album “Therapy.”

On 30 September, Anne-Marie released her first book, “You Deserve Better: An Imperfect Guide To Finding Your Own Happiness,” which became a Sunday Times bestseller, selling over 10,000 copies as of 8 February 2022. The Korean version of the book was published on 23 February.

In November 2021, Anne-Marie participated in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, dancing with Graziano Di Prima, and went on to win the competition.


On 27 May 2022, Anne-Marie collaborated with Swedish DJ duo Neiked and American rapper Latto on the song “I Just Called.” Later, on 26 August, she featured in K-pop boy group Seventeen’s new version of their song “_World.” On 15 September, Anne-Marie released the single “Psycho” in collaboration with British rapper Aitch, serving as the lead single from her third studio album.

In an interview with FM104 about her upcoming third studio album, Anne-Marie expressed that she has been writing extensively, gaining a better understanding of herself and what she wants to convey through her music.

On 3 February 2023, she released “Sad B!tch,” the second single from her forthcoming third studio album. Collaborating with Thai singer Minnie from (G)I-dle, she released the song “Expectations” on 9 March. On 7 April, Anne-Marie teamed up with David Guetta and Coi Leray on the song “Baby Don’t Hurt Me,” sampling Haddaway’s hit “What Is Love.” On 27 April, she announced that her third album, “Unhealthy,” would be released on 28 July. The title track, featuring Shania Twain, was released on 18 May 2023. On 5 July, Anne-Marie released “Trainwreck.” Collaborating with Haitian DJ Michaël Brun and American singer Becky G, she released the single “Coming Your Way” on August 16. “Christmas Without You” was exclusively released on Amazon Music on 7 November as part of the soundtrack for “Your Christmas or Mine 2.” In the same month, Anne-Marie earned her first Grammy nomination for the song “Baby Don’t Hurt Me.”

Personal life

In 2018, Anne-Marie disclosed that she is attracted to both men and women but does not identify with the label bisexual, expressing, “I just feel like I’m attracted to who I like.”

Since 2018, Anne-Marie has been a vegetarian and mentioned her intention to “try to eat vegan [food] as much as possible.” She explained on the Off Menu podcast that her vegetarian diet helps alleviate her emetophobia, a fear of vomiting, and reduces anxiety around food.

Anne-Marie has been candid about her struggles with anxiety and mentioned that therapy played a crucial role in facing her demons during lockdown. She has also revealed that she deals with ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

In 2022, Anne-Marie began dating British rapper Slowthai. Although their relationship has been mostly private, it was confirmed by Slowthai in an interview with Rolling Stone in February 2023.

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