Best House Music Diva - 2006
Most house music vocalists don't write the songs they sing, and sometimes they're just there to provide texture at the expense of lyrics. But San Francisco's Latrice Barnett is different; not only does she write, but she's also a multi-instrumentalist known for more than her lovely pipes, which have graced local club anthems by producers like Jay-J and Kaskade. Barnett plays cello, flute, and saxophone, but the bass is her baby. For five years she fronted the local soul outfit Five Point Plan, hit the road to play with Dan the Automator's Handsome Boy Modeling School, and has strummed on two records for Oakland hip hop crew Hieroglyphics. Her recent debut album Illuminate (for the New York-based dance label Ultra) focuses on her voice and leaves the production duties to Jay-J and Kaskade. It hints at a strong future of dominance on the dance floor from a woman intent on pushing the diva envelope.