Gill Scott Heron

I was introduced to this record when my parents started playing it around the house when I was about 14. It was the first time that I think I had really listened to something purely for the lyrics. Gill Scott Heron is a truly great lyricist. His music makes me feel something that not many artists have had the ability to make me feel. Not only is he political in his music, he's truthful. A voice to remember.

Dusty Springfield

I chose this record mostly because of Dusty's voice. When I was really little, I used to be putting my toys away with this on max volume in my cd player. I used to make up silly dance routines and sing along until bed time. I think I mostly chose this because it reminded me of how happy I was. Before I started writing or playing... just really enjoying music.

Nina Simone

All through my teen years, my mum used to play this game with me called "Name The Singer". She'd play old records and I'd have to guess the voice. Nina Simone was always in the list. What. A. Voice. Sometimes, you hear something that just stays with you. And though I love listening to many old gospel singers (Mahalia Jackson) and soul/funk singers, Nina Simone's beautiful tone is something I don't think I'll ever forget.

Lauryn Hill

I chose this record because, in all honesty, it's probably in my top 3 favourites of all time. I've always said I've felt truly inspired by Lauryn Hill. I just feel like she has always been incredibly real in her music. You feel the pain in her voice and the truth in her lyrics. She's my real queen.

P.S. if you get the chance, listen to the whole of her MTV unplugged. That's my favourite thing ever.

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Check out more photos from the shoot below, along with Mahalia's new video for 'Sober'. As always, thanks to the lovely people over at Rough Trade East for allowing us to take these photos in their fine establishment.

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Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia
Record Shopping w/Mahalia