It’s always a pleasure to us when we can introduce you to exciting artists from different backgrounds, and this time, we will show you how someone can stand up from the hardest times and continue chasing her dream.
Latoya Rodney, aka Latoya Jane, was born in the rough neighbourhood of Jane & Finch, in the Toronto area. That means, the streets didn’t treat her well, so when they wanted to consume her, she always had music as her escape – it has always been a form of therapy for Latoya. Isn’t it amazing what music can do?
So, when this woman was incarcerated for 18 months in a woman’s facility, she started to write her own music. Even correctional officers would pay her to sing, and so this experience motivated her to pursue her passion for music once she was released.
However, she has a talent for not only singing and songwriting but also for filmmaking. This is proven by the fact that in 2014, LaToya won the award for ‘Best Director’ at the Commffest Film Festival for Creature, a documentary about her time as a gang member in Toronto.
Now the singer has released her new single titled “I Want To Be Free”, which is about her journey from her tough past, growing up in a rough area of Toronto, into the grown woman that she is today. The song is also an anthem to encourage women to embrace their inner-selves, as LaToya says “I want women to be free to do whatever they want to do.”
Get to know her more with our interview below!
We would like to congratulate you on the release of “I Want To Be Free”! This song is just amazing! How does it feel to have such an encouraging song under your belt?
My music is always tied to a strong message, that will make you have no choice but to listen, so I’m actually really proud to see it grow from the shower to the screen lol. I am also proud of myself for really loosening up and being able to show my sexy side.
Could you tell us about your definition of being free?
Being free is not overthinking, it’s putting on your clothes and feeling sexy. It’s feeling yourself, just that self-love…you know?
That’s such a beautiful thought, and we know that growing up in Toronto wasn’t the easiest thing for you. What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your tough past?