China-Marie is a free-spirit hippie at heart from Portland, Oregon. Her passion for music started at the young age of eight. She would sing along to Neo-Soul records that her mother would play around the house. She took a leap of faith and moved from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles where she then connected with Too $hort who became one of China-Marie’s mentors and biggest supporter. DoapHouse sat down with the sultry songstress recently for a Q&A and we also learned that her upcoming album ‘Potpourri’ will be dropping this June.
DH: Where were you born and where do you reside now?
I am from Portland, Oregon and now reside in Los Angeles, CA
DH: When and how did your love for music begin?
My love for music started when I would watch music videos on 106 & Park. I was around 9/10 years old and I wanted to make people feel how the videos and music made me feel; free. Something about the video just took you to another world and I was intrigued.
DH: Whats been the greatest lesson you’ve learned thus far in the industry that you applied?
I have learned that you have to believe before anyone else believes in you. More importantly know the business, don’t get so focused on the music that you forget the business. It’s called the music BUSINESS for a reason. Knowledge is key!
When you smell popery it’s like reflecting on what use to be
Once so fresh and beautiful
Still holds it’s smell but it’s dead
With multiple lifeless petals
Put together it looks like something worth keeping for display
But at the end of the day
It continues to decay
When you stay in a relationship because you have so much history or so many memories with a person- it looks like something worth keeping for display but at the end of the day it continues to decay. That’s POTPOURRI and it releases on June 19th
DH: If you could only use 3 words to describe your album what would they be?
You can follow me on all social platforms @chinamariemusic
Check out China-Marie’s video for her single “Feelin” below!