Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae

"So, this was really my first ever album. I'm pretty sure I was like 9 or 10 when I got it for Christmas. It was the first time that I'd really specifically listened to the lyrics and melody. I learnt every word to every song on that album. At 9 years old, all I wanted was to be able to sing like her.

"I got the chance to see her play at Latitude a few years ago and she was beautiful. I've always really looked up to her if I'm being honest. She just seems really cool and she's from Leeds. I think that's sick. It's one of my favourite cities! But, yeah... I remember taking a photo on my brother's digital camera of me in bright red Christmas pyjamas posing in front of her poster next to my bed. I guess you could say that this was the first time I'd thought about creating. I wanted to make an album. Yeah... the start of everything, I think."

Adele - 19

"So, when I was 11 I had one of those little iPod Shuffles. It was lilac. Well cute. But, the first album I put on there was Adele's debut - 19. What an album. I'm telling you. Like Corinne, I had memorised it word for word. She was so fresh for me. Like nothing I'd heard on the radio before and I was just so excited by it. I loved that she played guitar - I loved her accent - I loved everything about it. I still love it now to be perfectly honest. I still play it in the car on long drives with my mum. I didn't listen to 21 and 25 in the same way. They're still great albums but there was something in the rawness of 19 that I don't think I'll ever get over. Mesmerising."

Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams

"Dude. This album. Jack Johnson just makes his music feel so effortless. 'Banana Pancakes' and 'Better Together' in particular will never not make me smile. The writing. The melodies. The simple production. His voice! It's just feel good music.

"There was this guy that I wrote a lot of my early love songs about. We used to listen to Jack Johnson. Maybe that's why I have always loved the album. I'm not sure. But, still, it's beautiful. If you haven't heard it, please go get it. I'm sure you won't be disappointed."

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

"I bought Channel Orange when I was in my first year at my new high school in Birmingham. I played this album over and over on my commute to and from college. If you think I didn't know this one in and out too...! Every. single. word.

"What a masterpiece. Every lyric, melody, chord change, interlude, you name it. Frank Ocean really did a superb job on his debut. I just thought it was so cool. I looked at my mum and dad like "guys... I want to make an album as sick as Channel Orange." I don't know what it was. I think listening back, the album just really felt like a piece of art - not just 12, three-and-a-half minute songs stringed together. He's got this one track called 'White' featuring John Mayer. It's 1 minute and 16 seconds. Dude. Go to Spotify. Search it. Close your eyes and listen."

Amy Winehouse - Frank

"When I was younger, I was really into the Back to Black album. We all were. But, Frank. Wow. I only really listened to it all the way through for the first time about a year ago. I haven't stopped playing that album at least twice a week since then. Amy has always inspired me. Even now. I listen to her music and I'm like, "aaaagggggghhhhhh I wanna make music like this." I just think she really made beautiful music. Honestly, I get goosebumps most times I listen to this album all the way through. She really was an angel. Her music touched many, me included. Rest easy, A."

Mahalia plays Stoke Newington's The Waiting Room on December 2nd to celebrate the launch of Diary Of Me, a release that comprises a series of videos, songs, plus an audio storybook and a visual piece, which she'll unveil on December 16th. You can watch the video for 'Seventeen' below.