By Definition an Auteur is an artist (as a musician or writer) whose style and practice are distinctive, and this progressive R&B group does exactly that. Coming from three different musical backgrounds, the members of Auteur Blends those styles to create one unique sound.


Auteur is the Washington, DC based singing group that creates a fresh and unique brand of Soul they’ve dubbed, Progressive R&B—a mixture of their individual sounds and styles melded into a brand new flavor of urban music. Comprised of singer/songwriters Le Maitre, TinaB., and Billy Winn, the members of Auteur met by chance, and from the moment they pieced together their mesmerizing three-part harmonies, it was apparent that together, they had something exceptional—something that could only be describe simply as, Auteur.

In 2007, the future members of Auteur were merely singers, each looking for a way in as so many artists were. That in came with an opportunity to sing backup for another DC artist, as the three began performing weekly at Ocean Drive Night Club. “It was weird at first, because when we sang together that first rehearsal—you kind of got the sense that something important was happening or about to happen,” explains TinaB. “But we weren’t sure what it was—it just felt good.” The chemistry that sparked in rehearsal, seamlessly carried over to the stage during the months the trio spent singing backup. After that run ended, they decided to continue on as a group, seeking producers, performance venues, and a name that perfectly described their musical flair. In early 2008, they began performing covers at a number of music festivals, as a way to introduce themselves as a group. “After the backup thing ended, we found ourselves sort of at a loss.” Explains Le Maitre about the start up of Auteur. “All the songs that initially got us attention belonged to someone else—so once that situation dissolved and we decided to form our own act, we had to start from scratch. We had to sing covers until we could get our music going.” Singing covers did not take away from the performance of the group, but instead reinforced it, as their live interpretations of hit songs like “Golden”, “If I Had My Way”, and “So High” only gained them further exposure. As their appearances continued, their fan base started to form and the group decided to turn their full attention toward recording—but not before they would make a very important and long-term decision.

“It happened completely by coincidence,” explains Billy, “I was reading album reviews one night (I’m a geek like that (laughs)) and I came across the word auteur. I didn’t know what it meant, but I noticed it was used to describe the artist, so I looked it up.” Having considered the meaning and rarity if the word, Billy brought it to the others during a writing session, and by session’s end, the decision was unanimous, and Auteur was officially formed. TinaB. remarks, “We weren’t sure how people would react to the name—because it isn’t a word you hear very often—but once we declared it as ours, peopled loved it, and so did we.”

By the summer of 2008, Auteur’s full attention was on recording, devoting their time in search of the right producer. At the launch party for Singer/Songwriter/Vocal Coach Eric Arceneaux, they were introduced to Andrae Alexander—a producer and an artist in his own right, who has worked with such talents as Raheem Davaughn and Chrisette Michele. Within a month of their meeting, Auteur began working with Alexander—testing their artist/producer chemistry by writing to a ninety second clip he’d created. “When Dwayne (Auteur’s manager) told us Drae was interested in working with us, we were sure it would be a while before anything got started,” mentions Le Maitre, “I think by that point—considering our solo and early group occurrences—we’d all learned pretty much—not to get our hopes up. So I’m sure you can imagine how surprised we all were when Dwayne forwarded the track to us (laughs) and said it was from Andrae!” Each of the three members of the rapidly developing Auteur wrote to the clip before bringing their thoughts to a weekly writing session. After a few hours of cutting, editing, and rewriting, Auteur had finally written their first official song—the summery slow jam, “Just Us”. “We all pretty much wrote something to the track, and brought whatever it was to the session. I don’t think any of us knew we’d actually come out of it with a song, but we were ecstatic to finally be able to say we had a song that actually had music—something we could actually perform.” Billy comments.

The group presented the song to Alexander, who was quickly inspired to finish the track. Weeks later, “Just Us” was complete and everyone was eager to move forward with the project. “’Just Us’ came out so effortlessly—it was clear to me and I think everyone that we’d made the right choice with Drae.” Says Le Maitre. After “Just Us”, Auteur recorded a variety of songs with Alexander, resulting in their first collection of songs, including the hit, “Love Drunk,” their official single, which has played constantly on Jango and sold a number of copies worldwide.

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Single - Just Us, Released 2009
Debut Single - Love Drunk, Releasing 2009

"Just Us", our pre-release single is currently in rotation in local clubs and cafe's and is also available on our Myspace and Facebook pages.

Set List

Set List Varies. We perform Original music with covers mixed in.