Artists Who Raised Me

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a lil sentimental one. I’m going to be touching on a few of the artists who helped raise me. These are artists I was exposed to as a young child, artists I listened to and learned from growing up, singers who inspired me and shaped the way I listen and interact with music today! Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

Michael Jackson: I feel like I’ve droned on and on and on about how much of an impact Michael Jackson has had in my life. I was fed a healthy dose of MJ tunes and music videos, nearly every weekend my dad and I would watch a DVD with a collection of all his best music videos, and regardless of the fact that I’d hide behind the kitchen counter for when Thriller came on the screen, he’s been one of the most influential musicians in my life. I can pinpoint exact moments and memories for particular songs within his catalogue, songs like The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, PYT and plenty, plenty more.

Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys was one of the first vocalists I turned to when I began singing. I was infamous for singing her songs and my dad only encouraged this, burning backing tracks for songs like Karma, No One and If I Ain’t Got You onto CD’s for me to sing along to. I can’t find it in my heart to skip any of this woman’s songs when they come on shuffle and her voice is still one of my favourites to listen to. I could listen to Alicia Keys all day.

Norah Jones: I think there’s only so much I can go on about Norah Jones. I think she was a pivotal person in me branching out with the music I listened to as a little kid, and my mum played a huge part in introducing me to her songs.

Stevie Wonder: Sometimes you might read my blogs and think, ‘man, Priya really over uses the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ and it’s all down to this guy. Any single soulful fibre in in my body is thanks to the literal hours I’ve accumulated listening to his music.

Bob Marley: My family, both immediate and extended, have a deep rooted love for reggae, and the king of reggae, Bob Marley, is a sure fire way to get us all up and dancing or bopping. I can’t recall a single family party or event that didn’t end with all of us on the dance floor screaming/singing Buffalo Soldier or Could You Be Loved.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo. He’s an artist who seems like he’s been around for every year of my life in some form. Whether he was on MTV Hits, releasing RnB tunes that hit every heart string perfectly, dancing in Stomp The Yard or more recently, judging on World of Dance, he’s always been around. He’s one of the singers I regularly cover when I play gigs, purely cos we’re guaranteed to have people singing along. He’s such a loved musician and singer, and to me, Ne-Yo is absolutely timeless. Like, listen to So Sick, Miss Independent or All Because of You, and tell me they don’t hit just as hard as they did when they first came out? You can’t.

Rihanna: Take everything I said about Ne-Yo. Now apply it to this woman and multiply it infinitely. From her music, which assisted in really getting me into RnB and pop RnB, her business/es to her influence over popular culture, you have the recipe for one of the most successful women of the decade. I literally wrote one of my second year final assignments on Rihanna and her influence, and I don’t regret a single thing. Her music has developed and shifted so much over her career, she’s really done it all and she’s done it so well.

Whitney Houston: So, low-key, when I was a youngin, I was a belter. Like sang ballads, big numbers, long and high notes. And that’s partially thanks to Whitney Houston. Such a timeless, classic woman. Very little to say about this woman.

Christina Aguilera: Okay, so when I said ‘partially’, above, for Whitney, it’s because a large majority of my influence when I was a young kid was Christina Aguilera. Her singing is off the charts. To this day, she is one of the greatest singers of the last two decades and I’ll fight anyone on that. I mean, look at TikTok. We still have 15 and 16 year old’s trynna nail the crazy run in Show Me How You Burlesque, and as perfect as some of them may be pulling it off, it’s just not the same as the queen herself. I’ll throw hands for this woman. No lie.

Mariah Carey: I can’t say Mariah Carey was a big of an influence as Christina, but, she’s definitely up there. She was one of the singers I’d listen to over and over again, painstakingly going over every line she sang, in attempts to achieve those levels of greatness. Tbh, we’re still giving it a crack. It’s an everlasting challenge. Such a legend.

There you go!! Hopefully you guys found that interesting? I really pulled this out of the archives, from right at the bottom of my drafts, and I don’t know why I never finished it! I really enjoyed reflecting on each of these artists and how much they impacted me not only as a little gal wanting to be a singer, but as a general music fan as well! Obviously, my taste and what I listen to and draw inspiration from now has vastly shifted, maybe I’ll do a post on that soon, but these artists got me to where I am now.

Which artists raised you? I’d love to know, leave me a comment! 

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Priya

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Songs I Wish I Wrote

Songs I Wish I Wrote

Hello friends!! Hope you’re well and doing grand.

Today’s post is an interesting one, it’s one I’ve had in my Drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten around to working on it and getting out for you guys! The beauty of university break my friends.

Every now and then I listen to a song, and I’m astounded. Like picking my jaw of the floor, tears in my eyes, shooketh to my core. There are simply some songs I wish I wrote first, so I thought I’d collect a few of them for you all and share them in today’s post!

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Human – Jon Bellion: Now, surely you didn’t think we’d be getting through this list without some Jon Bellion? I still remember listening to this song, continuously gasping at all the things Jon says in it. The lyrics are so bloody straightforward – it honestly blew my mind that he was so courageous so say what he does in the song. It’s such a simple message, but I would have been so terrified to release it into the world. This song is in my top five songs from Jon Bellion.

Circle – Allen Stone: It took me some time to come across this song while making my way through my Allen Stone binge back in April, but once I found it, I obsessed over it for a solid month. The chorus is the strongest part of this song for me. Allen’s voice is also incredible strong in this song.

It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch: Tom Misch is a genius and no-one can convince me otherwise. I first listened to this song properly while watching his COLORS performance of it, and I was naturally, astounded. My only issue is that his incredible solo from the video isn’t included in the recorded version as he only did it to fill in for the lack of rap from De La Soul in the COLORS version. This song, is technically so impressive. If I had any theoretical knowledge, this song would be the benchmark.

I’ll Still Have Me – Cyn: I stumbled across this song totally randomly, the music video was recommended for me a few months ago, but I’m so glad I found it. It has such a beautiful message, and I love Cyn’s voice so much.

Never Knock – Kevin Garrett: Kevin Garrett will forever be one of the most underrated artists of all time in my mind. I heard this song first as an acoustic version, with just him, playing a guitar in front a completely silent crowd. Again, he’s technically such a strong performer, but this song game me such emotional chills when I first heard it. There’s really not a lot to this song, other than Kevin’s amazing skill to pull together really heavy, heavy words and ideas in the most delicate way. This song really exemplifies this.

Mine – The 1975: I love The 1975, but this song, this song really does it for me. Close your eyes, and you’re walking through New York, into a dark, warm jazz bar with a guy playing the piano at the back and it’s the cosiest song I’ve ever listened to. And the entire idea of the song, that marriage isn’t the defining feature of love, you don’t have to legally own someone to be theirs, I think it’s such a beautiful sentiment. And when that brush stick starts hitting the snare drum and the saxophone kicks in??? Thank you Lord.

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths: GOY have this knack for writing spiritually enlightening music, that demands you bang your head and scream along to the lyrics like you’re at a heavy metal concert. To date, listening to this song in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths with my two best friends, was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever experienced. This song says so much, but it’s really the instrumentation and the music and most importantly the performance of this song that makes me wish I had the talent or heart to come up with it first.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This is my road trip song. This is the road trip I’m yet to take but have committed to, whether I’m on my own or with a group of friends or with my family, it doesn’t really matter to be honest. This song invokes so much within me, and it’s not a genre I find myself listening to often, but The Lumineers know how to get me going.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: By now, we should know the love I have for this man and his music. His music is so cathartic and emotional, and this song is one of my favourites. Watching him perform it live was magical.

Love On The Brain – Rihanna: This song made me wish I wrote it first for how it just digs deep into the archives of classic instrumentation, leaning back into a blues/gospel sort of genre that I’ve always loved. Rihanna’s performance of it is also insanity.

Gravity – John Mayer: A classic. An absolute classic that cannot be touched. I’ve yet to find a version of this, a single cover, that touches the original. First off, it’s John Mayer, and he has a super distinct tone to his voice that has aged so, so, well. And then you have to consider that not only does John Mayer sing, but so does his bloody guitar, and his playing style is so intrinsic to this song in particular. Lyrically, it’s not super complicated and I think that’s why so many people love it.

I’ve Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: Another 1975 song. I know. This song is like the best possible 80s love song got reimagine and repurposed for right now, and I love it so much. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the keys in this song, and Matty’s singing in the chorus is possibly my favourite vocal performance from him ever. Especially towards the end with the choir, when he really kicks off. So great. So beautiful.

Bright – Kehlani: A real throwback from the mixtapes. This song was super powerful for me later in my teenage years. It came out in 2015, and for majority of that year and the year after, this song was a really inspiring song for me, one I referenced back to for so many issues and struggles. It’s got such a universal message and of course Kehlani’s voice is always magical.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly: This is my favourite song from Beware of The Dogs. My absolute favourite, and it’s the one that made the most waves when she first released. It’s a huge critique of societal culture and the complacency and double standards show towards the raising and treatment of girls and boys. It’s such a gutsy move to release a song as blunt as BWBB but she does it so beautifully. There’s no theatrics with this song, just a guitar and Stella’s voice and it’s perfect.


There you go! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these songs, before or after reading my post, because I’d love to get your thoughts on it! Are there any songs you wish you had written? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 12

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 12

Hello hello! I hope you’re all well! Today’s post is just a lil one, where I bestow upon you more songs I believe you need in your life.

You might know some of them, you might know none of them, the point is, if some of you don’t know any of them…now you know.

Bad Gyal – Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus
Absolutely Smitten – dodie
Not Sorry – Paige
Make Up – Vice, Jason Derulo, Ava Max
Substance Therapy – REMI
Losing Sleep – REMI
Morning – Marc E. Bassy
Feels Natural – RINI, GOVI, Agung Mango
9 – Willo, SZA
Honest – Jay Wile
Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes
High School – UMI
Honesty – Pink Sweat$
Leave Me Cold – Freddie Future
Pure – Audrey MiKa
Sweater – Spencer Sutherland
Sculpted – Tobiahs
I Don’t Exist – Olivia O’Brien
Busy Earnin’ – Jungle

Let me know what you thought?=! Did you listen to any of the songs and if so, any you enjoy in particular? Let me know in the comments below.

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 12

Very Specific Pt. 12

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a fantastic morning/afternoon/evening/night. Hopefully you get a lil bit more out of this post, it’s another very specific post, and this time it’s definitely a personal favourite.

One of my favourite things ever, is waking up around 9 o’clock in the morning on a day off from university, having the entire house to myself, chilling with my dog in my room for a bit before throwing on some music as I head downstairs to the kitchen. Making myself an ice coffee regardless of the weather because ice coffee > literally anything, scrambling some eggs or making a breakfast sandwich, chatting with my dog and chilling on the couch.

All the while with the perfect soundtrack in the back, a playlist of songs to dance around your kitchen to.

As is with most of these posts, I create these playlists from my own personal Spotify playlists, this one pulled from one of my favourites, kitchen, which is linked so you can definitely check out the close to 400 songs on there.

Here are some of my favourites. Prepare for the whiplash.

What You Know - Two Door Cinema ClubPartition - BeyonceWe Come Running - Youngblood HawkeThe Girl Is Mine - 99 Souls ft Destiny's ChildSay My Name - ODESZANaive - The KooksOMG - Camilla

Like I said, my kitchen playlist has just about 400 songs, and they’re just as scattered as the ones I’ve shared above, which in my opinion makes it the best playlist to listen to in the morning. It hypes me up just the right amount and I get a good boogie out of it while I’m making breakfast.

If you have a similar sort of playlist, or specific music you listen to as you begin your day, I’d love to know!

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 4

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 4

By all means friends, please, do not hesitate to tell me if you’re getting sick of these posts. I know I’m passionate about sharing my music discoveries, but I can definitely tone it down for the masses if it’s what the people want.

That said, I can’t deny that while I love these posts with all my heart, I definitely turn to them because they are one of the quickest and easiest posts to write. Simply press shuffle on my songs you should probably hear and Bob’s your uncle, playlist made.

Example number 4, as shown below.

I’m Good – Jessica Jade
Human – Svedaliza
U-RITE – THEY
Power – RAT!hammock
Runnin’ – The Pharcyde
Shangri-La – Caitlyn Scarlett
Most Beautiful Ride – Kyo-Ken
I Remember – Ady Suleiman
Ohio – John Batiste
Obsession (25/7) – Vice, Kyle, Jon Bellion
The Last Ones Standing – Tep No
Off My Feet – Pia Mia
Damselfly – Loyle Carner
Shift – Sam Bluer
Do It – Tuxedo
NXT2U – Sammy Johnson
I’m A Fantastic Wreck – Montaigne
Tadow – Masego
Marryuna – Baker Boy
White Iverson – Jackson Breit
501’s – Fortunes

Hopefully you enjoyed some of these songs! This was an especially fun post to write because of how varied the genres were, and how left of centre some of the songs are, which makes them all the better and even greater discoveries.

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Priya

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Bene’s Next Move

Bene’s Next Move

Alrighty. Time to learn you all a thing. Take notes please.

At the start of the year I was absolutely in love with a song called Tough Guy, by a young girl from New Zealand, Bene. I was also outraged at how she, criminally, only had a bit over 3000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Thankfully that’s grown to just under 6000, but still. Criminally under-appreciated.

My friends, this is a deep youshouldhear moment.

On the 14th of September, Bene released her second single, Soaked. And my goodness, it’s just as good, if not better, than Tough Guy. It’s right up my alley, the right type of edgy with a mad bass line that requires you to groove a little.

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She only shared the music video for Tough Guy, which was released in 2017, at the start of this year, and after making us patiently wait more than half the year, we were given Soaked.

I’m all here for young musicians making big moves, as is evident with my clear obsession with artists like Billie Eilish and Paige and Ruel, and considering Bene is a mere 17 years of age, she definitely slips into that category perfectly.

I’ve had the song on repeat this entire morning, even more before I started writing this post, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for chilling out, going for a driving, but then at the same time it also works perfectly if you’re trying to get down while doing your makeup before heading out for the night.

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The bass line that drives the song alongside a really sharp, funky snare drum keep the song chugging along, and it’s the perfect mix of atmospheric synths and smooth guitar tone that only adds to the absolute vibe that is the song.

Bene’s voice itself is half the treat. For someone so young, her voice has both a punchy energy when needed, and the ability to create amazing light and shade and softness when it’s needed, which she does beautifully, before launching back into a chorus that really hits you in the gut.

At the moment, Bene is two for two with me personally, both Tough Guy and Soaked have been hits with me, and I love them both.

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highly recommend you give Bene a listen, whether it’s catching up and checking out Tough Guy or finally jumping on it and listening to Soaked. I 100% believe in her as an artist, and I’m super excited to see what more comes from her! Check out her Spotify, SoundCloud and Instagram too.

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 11

Very Specific Pt. 11

Hello friends, hello.

Welcome back to one of my favourite posts here on the blog, the very specific playlists, where I attempt to curate the perfect playlists for some of the niche-est moments of life.

Today’s playlist is one I’m sure a few of us sympathise with, and that’s a playlist of the perfect background music for studying. I don’t know about you, but if I attempt to study in silence, it doesn’t happen for me. That said, I can’t exactly have a playlist of my favourite songs on in the background because I either a) end up getting distracted and not studying at all or b) find myself writing down the lyrics as I hear them rather than my notes.

So, I’ve collected a couple of amazing songs to put on while studying, in a Spotify playlist called books, which I’ve linked for you here so you can have a listen to the rest of them.

However, here are some of my favourites.

What You Know - Two Door Cinema ClubPartition - BeyonceWe Come Running - Youngblood HawkeThe Girl Is Mine - 99 Souls ft Destiny's ChildSay My Name - ODESZANaive - The KooksOMG - Camilla

A bit of a shorter playlist this time, the Spotify playlist itself is quite small, which is unusual for me, but I love all the songs on there! I’d love to hear what you guys listen to when working or studying, let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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