• Anna

These artists helped me in finding my own voice

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

Finding your artistic voice is a journey of a lifetime. Life itself and other musicians are the best teachers you can get.

Here are 5 things I've learned so far:

1: Follow your intuition, always.

2: Try not to compare your work and judge yourself, let it be.

3: Have fun, don't take yourself too seriously.

4: Learn from the best. Watch performances by your favorite musicians over and over again.

5: Find the right people to sing and play along with.

These artists helped me is in finding my own personal voice, by listening to their voices.

WMC performance, 2013. Photo by René Bradwolff.

Amy is the greatest. There's no doubt about it. She's everything I can ever dream of in a singing teacher. Every time I listen to her, I learn new things . In the video below, you can find one of my favorite performances by Amy at New Pop Festival in 2004. She's in full bloom there, incredibly energetic and sooooo spot on. Listen to all the different ways in which she can sing the same song, pure perfection. She lets her current state of mind resonate in the song, changing the message of it just slightly time and time again. It still hypnotizes me every time I hear her sing. I also admire her honest and smart songwriting skills.

Amy taught me how to play with rhythm & melodies, let my emotions shine through, and sing right from the heart.

The wonderful Chet Baker has learned me how to embrace my fragile sound. A soft voice can be very powerful as you can hear in his song 'I fall in love too easily' below. You don't have to shout to be heard.

I met Lianne La Havas a couple of years ago while I was working as a music journalist for Glamcult Magazine. She is one of the sweetest persons I've ever met. Lianne taught me that it's important to make sure you are healthy and relaxed, so that you can have fun and be yourself on stage. You don't have to be a weird, destructive and outspoken person to create great music and be a star. For a long time I regretted I wasn't weird or special enough. I know it sounds stupid but I did. Being healthy and relaxed makes you sound splendid and let's you shine like a princess as you can see in the video below. So be your most beautiful self and don't try to be flawless.

l adore Lykke Li's personal style and her mysterious love songs. She inspired me a lot in finding my voice in songwriting. It's simple, catchy and meditative. I like to write about love in the same way.

Nina Simone faught against racism all of her life. She aspired a career in classical music, but discrimination kept her from pursuing that dream. She taught me that it's important to speak up against anything that is unfair in our world. Not only in songwriting but also on stage and in everyday life. I am still working on being more honest to myself, the world and everyone around me. Confrontation is quite scary for me, but I do my utter best because it's still really necessary to change people's minds sometimes.

I realize these artists are just the tip of the iceberg, and I could go on for hours. I am curious to hear what artists inspired you?

<3, Anna

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