#MyInfluences: Mýa

Originally published on So So Gay on 8 May 2014.

In a music world dominated by the pop/R&B titan that is Beyoncé – whose name has even evolved to become a verb – for non-R&B enthusiasts, it’s easy to forget there are a plethora of hardworking and talented artists plying their craft in the shadows of Mrs Carter. One such talent is Miss Mýa Harrison, whose EP releases this year are being packaged together as her eighth studio album. Following the release of the most recent EP, Sweet XVI, which celebrates 16 years since the release of her self-titled début album, we thought it an opportune time to catch up with the R&B veteran and Grammy Award-winner Mýa, to find out a little more about what makes her tick.

What song reminds you most of your childhood?

Straight Up’ by Paula Abdul. I used to jam to that one in the skating rink every weekend!

What song inspired you to become a musician/singer?

Say Amen’ by Howard Hewett. I heard my father rehearsing it in church on Easter Eve when I was about five, memorised it and wanted to sing it with him.

Which song do you wish you had written?

‘All of Me’ by John Legend. Powerful lyrics, beautiful arrangement and vocal delivery.

Which artist/band has been the most inspirational to you?

I grew up listening to so many bands; from Earth, Wind & Fire to the Bee Gees. As an ensemble, Manhattan Transfer has vocally and harmonically been an influence and inspiration. As solo artists, Prince and Donna Summer have been great influences.

Which song/album currently dominates your attention?

‘Merry Go ‘Round’ by Kacey Musgraves. She thinks a lot like me, and it’s refreshing to hear someone have the balls to speak how I really feel.

Which artist/band do you currently have a close eye on?

Sam Smith.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Quincy Jones.


 

Sweet XVI is available to download from Amazon and iTunes now.

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