Artist Interview: Arlette Thomas-Fletcher
Tell us about yourself and your music
I started singing in the children’s choir at church as a little girl. I love all kinds of music but myer favorite is gospel, opera, and jazz music. Years ago I worked with Dr. Carter from the Morgan State University choir. I was able to even sit in on a Master class with Leontyne Price once. It was the most magnificent experience I have had with music. I was also able to work with Baltimore Opera music coach Milagros Wilson who taught me classical operatic music. I have been able to sing at ArtScape for the Cultural Alliance. I have performed for non-profits, church, businesses and family events. I truly love to sing. My passion is singing inspirational music. I am also a writer, director producer of Christian films. My music video “You’re Not Alone” is on youtube and I wrote, directed, produced and performed in it. I am also an author and have written an inspirational poetry book “Poetry for the Soul” which can be found on Amazon. I love singing and seeing people’s faces light up from the joy music brings them.
Talk to us more about your latest release
I am so excited that listeners enjoy hearing “You’re Not Alone”! This song is truly a blessing to me in knowing that I am not alone and that God is always there for me. Many times we go through challenges in our everyday life and it is good to know that we can find peace in knowing that God will guide and help us find the answers to life’s problems. So I pray for all of you and your families to be blessed everyday with joy and love as you live your life. God Bless!
What inspired you to write this release?
I am a poet. I was inspired to write this song for my sister when we were children. She really was a wayward teenager and used to run away from home from time to time. I was so worried about her. I wrote her a poem. As years went by I decided to make a song from my poem. The poem became a very inspiring piece. I used to perform it at open mics. People would always come up and tell me how inspiring the poem was too them.
Any plans to release a video?
‘You’re Not Alone is a music video with heart which is shown through the artist display of emotion performing this piece. The story is conveyed through a beautiful little girl and her very attractive mother who has suffered from hard times. It is through this little girl’s prayers that we see the life of her parents change and how important it is to believe and have faith in God during these trying times.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have performed at nursing homes during the fall and music in the park events during the summer.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As an indie artist I brand myself by using lyrics about everyday problems. I like to sing about things that help people to feel that God will deliver from things that they face. I write from personal battles that I face like knowing that I am not alone and that I always have an advocate in Jesus Christ.
Who have you been listening to lately?
The artist that I listen to are Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs.
Tell us about your passions
I am also an award winning independent filmmaker. I have focused my directing career on short films have shown great promise in my work. With short films and music videos I have written, directed and produced. I have won awards for all of them. My credits include “Assault In Brooklyn” (writer/producer), “The Mystery Date” (writer/director/producer), “You’re Not Alone” (writer/director/producer), “God Has My Back” (director/producer); “Like A Star” (director/producer); “Dynamite” (director/producer);”Caramel” (director/producer); “Lord Show Me The Way” (producer/director);”Track Shoes” (producer/director); “Let Me Go” (director/producer). My works have been featured at the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, Attic Film Festival, Torpedo Factory Art Center Female Shorts & Film and Video Showcase, The Phoenix International Christian Film Festival, and World Music Independent Film Festival.
I have won the Communicator Award, Indie Film Fest Award, Accolade Award of merit and scriptwriting. My music video “You’re Not Alone” is nominated for Honors at the World Music Independent Film Festival, the music video “You’re Not Alone” was also nominated for Best Music Video at the Attic Film Festival, and she is a Silver Telly Award winner. I have also won the Global Music Award in 2012 for the music video “God Has My Back.” I have won a Peer Award for scriptwriting for her film “Assault in Brooklyn” from (TIVA-DC) Television, Internet, And Video Association. Recently, she completing a pilot called “Where’s Daddy?”and “The Remodel Zone” which are both in post production. Currently she is working on producing her feature film “Daddy Where Are You?” which was adapted into a film from my stage-play of the same name that “sold out” at the Dc Black Theatre Festival in 2010.
Additionally, I worked previously as president of Women in Film and Video of Maryland, a volunteer film organization which educates, trains, and promotes women filmmakers. I am a member of the Telly Silver Council Awards. I am also a playwright who has written, produced and directed her plays which have been featured at the DC Black Theatre Festival. I am a published author. I was featured on MPT Cooks. I was featured in journal articles in The Examiner (Local filmmaker actor singer), and Baltimore Sun (Reel Women). I have spoken on local broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS regarding my works.
What else is happening next in your world?
My first western feature film screenplay won Best Screenplay award from the Christian Film Festival for her screenplay “The Lonesome Trail.” This screenplay also was featured at the Christian Film Festival, Los Angeles Lift Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Cine Fest. A featured article has been written about her film “The Lonesome Trail” in the Charisma Magazine. My film has also been accepted to the Christian Database. My film “The Lonesome Trail” is in post-production. I also have a pilot film called “Where’s Daddy” which is in post-production. “The Lonesome Trail” film will be my first debut as director for a feature-length film.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Arlette!
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