Latrice has been one of the most positive and inspirational women that I have met. It's a real honor for Breaking Glass Girl to share Latrice's story. She believes in good, gives back and uplifts all who cross her path. Her passion for singing and songwriting has changed peoples lives. Latrice has figured out how to balance a singing career and being a successful corporate businesswoman. I can't wait for you to read her message and hear her songs.
Lauren Elizabeth: Tell us who you are.
Latrice McGlothin: I am a happy, oldest child who grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin engulfed in family, education music and the arts.
As far back as I can remember, songs and singing have been part of the fabric of my life, in fact, my mother tells the story of me receiving my first Playskool (karaoke) microphone with speaker set which she purchased with a record that had more than 50 “silly songs”. The gift was a blessing because it kept me busy but a curse because I would not stop singing them.
Today, I am a community builder, singer, song-writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. Happily married, living in Los Angeles using my voice to encourage and heal people all around the world with hopes that those who hear my songs will sing them nonstop as well.
LE: You work in a corporate career and have a passion for songwriting and singing. How you dedicate time to both?
LM: Thank you, I do have an amazing corporate career in which I get to direct the community engagement, philanthropy, and volunteer efforts for a large credit union in southern California. I am blessed to have the opportunity to live my passion for singing, songwriting and, public speaking. The key to my success in both aspects of my life is scheduling and/or time management. I work hard to use my calendar to separate all aspects of both.
LE: In October 2017 you launched your first original body of work "It's Time!". What did that feel like?
LM: A Breath of Fresh air – a CD with distinctive interpretations of timeless song standards was done in 2009 and was my first body of work. In October 2017, I launched my first original project “It’s Time,” I felt very proud, a bit nervous and extremely accomplished. Proud to have read, studied, created, and shared my heart. Nervous because I wasn’t sure how it would be received and accomplished to watch the project grow from inception to full bloom.
LE: Can you let us know who or what inspired you to want to sing, write and share your music?
LM: The power of music is amazing! I decided to become a singer the first time I heard Stevie Wonder’s song "Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing", I was so taken at how the song was delivered. As a very young girl I cried to hear how the three languages held their conviction, meaning and moved me even though I could not understand most of the words I was hearing. This experience inspired me to want to bring love, change, and healing to the lives of others through music.
LE: Tell us about your breaking glass moment.
LM: My breaking glass moment was making the decision to no longer carry the shame and embarrassment of being raped as a child. As a teenager, I survived a malicious attack and for years I didn’t speak a word of it. I pushed on suffering silently not understanding how or why I needed answers, healing, and closure. As I grew and romantic relationships came into focus, I began to see the need to change my perspective on what happened to me and decided to take action. By reading, praying, going to therapy and stepping out with boldness I have been able to shatter the heavy, guilt-ridden, confused invisible bubble that surrounded me. Today, I willingly tell my story, shed tears with men and women who have faced the same types of pain and encourage them to get help, learn self-care, and advocate for others.
LE: What's your daily routine like?
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and start my morning by reading my bible, journaling, praying alone, and with my husband.
Monday through Friday I am off to work by 7:00 a.m. (usually singing in my car) for busy days of meetings and working in the community.
After work around 6:00 p.m., I switch hats. I meet my husband to have dinner and begin busy evenings of practices and entertainment meetings for the song project I am currently working on. Items could include, preparing for an upcoming show or designing the music for our Sunday service .
By 9:00 p.m. I am back home trying to wind down, discussing the next day with my husband.
LE: How do you overcome a struggle?
LM: My lifeline is prayer both personally & professionally. When faced with a struggle, I take a moment to stop, consider what is happening or has happened. I pray for guidance, weigh the pros and cons, discuss with a few trusted advisors and then step forward with my action and my truth.
LE: What is your favorite quote and why?
LM: My favorite quote is - “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” By Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote speaks to me because, in life only you know what makes your heart sing, only you know that dream, that life-long desire that has been with you, the thing that keeps you up at night and makes your heart beat. That is the thing that I must (we must) step out and claim.
LE: I know you love to read. Do you have three books you'd recommend?
LM: Books that I would recommend:
Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office
LE: What advice would you give to a Girl on the Rise?
LM: In my song entitled ‘Time to Get Away’ I have a lyric that says “smash the cage unlock the story, time to find new territory. Go on and fly, soar the sky” – it is an encouragement to not wait, take a risk, step away from what you think others want you to do and do what is right for you. Do it now!
Know that you WILL make mistakes but decide to enjoy the journey.
LE: What's your favorite thing to do when you’re off the clock?
LM: Besides singing….I love to travel. Travel with my husband, with my sisters, brothers, mother and/or friends. I enjoy culture, music, art, theatre, languages, and food. Traveling gives an opportunity for new experiences and memories in each journey.
Thank you, Latrice! Your story is life changing and shows that strength, courage, and wisdom are traits that no one can change. Your voice is amazing and I can't wait to hear your next project! Thank you for sharing your story, showing us anything is possible and that Girls on the Rise can break glass.