Gold Coast soul-pop darling Beckah Amani knows how to write an unabashedly emotive song. Blending the best parts of soul, pop, RnB, and alternative folk with rich lyricism, her vulnerable songwriting is utterly addictive.
Following on from the release of her latest track Mess You Up, we asked Beckah to detail her biggest musical influences. It’s no surprise that she names some legendary song craftswomxn and we’re here for it.
From Beyonce to Nina Simone, Beckah Amani takes us through the soundtrack to her life: an album for every mood in her own words.
To get my hype on:
These albums have a way of helping me let go and get my freak on. They make me dance, think, and inspire a lot of artistic creativity through lyricism and symbolism.
Beyonce – Lemonade
J.Cole – KOD
When I’m feeling blue:
I’ve cried way too many times listening to these albums! I’ve shed happy tears and heartbreak tears. In winter, they hit differently too; I don’t know if it has something to do with the rain or the cold.
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
Bill Withers – Just As I Am
To remind me of my roots:
The leading track in Prisoner, Remember Me, was to extend the soundtrack to my childhood. Dad was absolutely obsessed with Lucky Dube. Now that I’m older, listening to Prisoner makes me miss Africa and connects me to my heritage and history. Look Up Child reminds me to keep fixing my eyes up when I forget who I am and why I am here. It spiritually roots.
Lucky Dube – Prisoner
Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child
To remind me of why I fell in love with music:
I can honestly say that Adele and Ed Sheeran are the reasons I fell in love with songwriting and music. I can specifically pinpoint the day I listened to these albums and how they changed everything for me. I visit these albums at least eight times a year and they have greatly influenced my approach to music. They centre me and remind me to be vulnerable with my songwriting.
Adele – 19
Ed Sheeran – +
Gets me into my feelings:
Sia – A Hundred Forms of Fear
Nina Simone – I Put a Spell On You
Now that Beckah’s covered all the tracks that have inspired her music, you should re-listen her stunning new single. Check out Mess You Up below: