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    Ann-Marie Smith is from London; her parents originate from Jamaica. Nearly all Ann-Marie's relatives have music as their hobby, which they have inherited from their father, who sang in a local island band, before leaving Jamaica for Brittain. As a child Ann-Marie loved to do creative things as singing, dancing and so on. After joining the school and church choir, she eventually got a leading role in the school musical, it was from then that she longed to be a singer.

    From an early age she knew that she would follow in her father's footsteps, so she enrolled at the "Kingsway and Princeton Collage for Performing Arts" where she was spotted by her manager while she was performing her version of "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin which is one of her favorite songs. At her age of 17, Ann-Marie was already performing live gigs in local discos and jazz clubs. As a result of this kind of work she was constantly in touch with other musicians and DJ's. Trough this she got the opportunity to sing live with the soul band "Easy" at the Hammersmith Odeon.

    Towards her 18th birthday she joined a group "Nelife" as leadsinger. They produced their first track "Got 2 Be Free" which was immediately accepted by A&M. This was later followed by the second single "Keep Your Lovin". Both tracks entered into the British Top Ten Dance singels and the album was a huge succses in the clubs of Britain and America and as a result, Ann-Marie was established as the top "Garage Singer" to emerge from the UK. From then Ann-Marie had many offers to work on one-off jobs although she concentrated more on carving out a career for herself.

    Right at this time Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records was searching world-wide for a new singer for the famous "49 ERS".
    Over a period of 6 months, a total of 5 singers came to Italy from America and the UK to audition for the new album. The voice had to be perfectly suited and Gianfranco didn't find what he was looking for. The search continued.

    Finally G.F.B. reached Michael at MCA, who was a personal friend of Ann-Marie's manager.
    After hearing a demo-tape of her voice Gianfranco knew that the search was over.

    Immediately after, Ann-Marie came to Italy to begin work on the new 49 ERS album. Her desire to succeed made her all the more popular with the production team of Media Records who find her a joy to work with. The first single from the album "Move Your Feet" stormed the charts all over Europe and America reaching the first position on the worldwide charts!

    Summer 1992 - Double production, double success.
    49 ERS release another great mix "Got To Be Free" obtaining big results from sales and press but it's with
    "The Music Is Moving", the first track made with Fargetta, that she becomes the queen of the summer; the song is played in every radio, in all kinds of clubs and Ann-Marie is invited to many shows to promote the song and the new album, "Playing With Me Heart" released in the Autumn 1992.
    She was still at the first position with "The Music Is Moving" when Media Records released a new single of 49Ers
    "The Message" which follows the others in success. In december she toured Japan with Mig and Cappella (both artists from Media Records) for a big media event. Then, a new production with Fargetta. This time she makes new an old
    record by John Miels "Music!". Her powerful voice gives a different interpretation to this "classic", giving the new generations the possibility to know it, love it and dance to it.

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