Andrea-Latrelle Simmons (born April 15, 1982) better known as "Latrelle" got her start quite early, writing songs in her teen years for artists like Destiny's Child, Next, and Monica. She started out at the age of sixteen with her mother and manager, R&B singer Aleese Simmons, at her side. Determined to pursue a career in music she began recording her own music. She showcased at Montana studios in New York, which lead to several labels ( Sony Columbia, Motown, Def Jam, Warner Bros, La Face, Island and Yab Yum) courting the young star. Then she met Kenny Babyface Edmonds who signed her and her mom to a publishing deal at Edmonds Music Publishing, and was impressed enough to introduced her to L.A. Reid, and push for Arista to sign the young talent.