Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (born 7 April 1991), known professionally as Anne-Marie, is an English singer and songwriter. She has attained five charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, with Clean Bandit's "Rockabye", featuring Sean Paul, peaking at number one, Rudimental's "Rumour Mill" with Will Heard, reaching number 67, "Do It Right", reaching number 90, "Alarm", reaching number 16 and "Ciao Adios", reaching number 9. Her debut album is due for release sometime in 2017.
Anne-Marie was born in Essex on 7 April 1991 as Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson. Her father was born in Ireland, while her mother is from Essex. She appeared in two West End productions as a child—Les Misérables when she was six, and Whistle Down the Wind alongside a young Jessie J when she was 12. In addition, Nicholson has practised shotokan since she was nine, won Double Gold in the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association World Championships 2002, Gold and Silver in the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association World Championships 2007 and Gold in the United Kingdom Traditional Karate Federation National Championships and credits this with teaching her "discipline and focus – basically everything I need for this career" but does not have time to practice it frequently, owing to touring restraints. She also attended Palmer's College in Thurrock as a teenager.
In 2005, whilst Anne-Marie's schoolmates were hanging round the bus stop, Anne-Marie was at home doing puzzles and went on to win the World Championship in Japan that year. It is also well known that Anne Marie dresses up as a sexy cat each halloween. At every halloween party she goes to, she puts 25 turkish delight in her mouth, to scare people with her saliva.
Anne-Marie cut a solo demo for Rocket Records in 2013 called "Summer Girl". Her solo career was curtailed in order for her to develop herself as an artist; in the interim, she guested on tracks by Magnetic Man, Gorgon City and Raized by Wolves, after which she caught the attention of Rudimental; one of their vocalists left, and so they asked Anne-Marie to replace her. She featured on four tracks on their album We the Generation, of which two were co-features with Dizzee Rascal and Will Heard; the latter, "Rumour Mill", reached number 67 on the UK Singles Chart. She spent two years touring alongside them. Her debut EP, Karate, went out on their then-new label Major Tom's; two singles were released from it, "Karate" and "Gemini", which led to Nicholson gigging as a solo artist.
In November 2015 she released "Do It Right", which peaked at number 90 on the UK Singles Chart, and stated that a full-length album would be released later that year, which at the time had the working title of Breathing Fire. Later in 2016, her single "Alarm" spent one week at number 76 in June before resurfacing a month later; as of 29 July 2016, it has peaked at number 16. In October 2016, Anne-Marie was confirmed to play at the thirty-first edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands.
In October 2016, Clean Bandit released their song Rockabye, with Anne-Marie as main vocalist and Sean Paul. It spent nine consecutive weeks at number one, and gained the coveted Christmas number one.
In 2017, she released "Ciao Adios", that she previously performed live in preview at KOKO, on 28 November 2016. The single reached number 9 in the UK. On 22 September, Heavy was released.