Ego Ella May has always had a deeply British take on soul music.
Steeped in vintage R&B - from Aretha to Destiny's Child - and with a healthy passion for jazz, she takes this and twists it in a very unique way.
Those early singles are something to behold, and after recently inking a deal with Tru Thoughts you can expect a lot more music shortly.
Set to play Supreme Standards at Ghost Notes, London on February 14th, Ego Ella May is planning to mix some fan favourites with a few surprises.
Tickets are on sale HERE, but before the show we decided to catch up with Ego Ella May to discuss her British soul inspirations...
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Rukshana Merrise - 'September Songs' EP
Rox is someone I've been inspired by for a VERY long time. Her tone is striking! It's this rusty, fierce voice that sits well over anything.
I particularly like this album because it gives me folk vibes which I love. It's not just a typical R&B voice that we're all used to.
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Laura Mvula - 'Sing To The Moon'
One of my favourite albums ever, and such a strong debut. Laura's compositions and harmonies, and vocal layers have been so inspiring to me, and again she isn't a typical 'soul' artist. She's someone I believe has a classical background.
Aside from music, I love that Laura is so open about her anxiety, and how she navigates with it in the music industry (which from personal experience is pretty hard to do) but it's nice to see someone so vulnerable about it, and still pushing on with life regardless.
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I love everything about this woman. Her soft tone, her recluse nature, her style... everything.
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Cleo Sol - 'Winter Songs' EP
Cleo has been one of my favourites for a while now. I like how she's been taking her time with the music and it's really evident in her latest EP. It's very mellow, the lyrics are beautiful, and her voice of course shines through.
I get a sense that she doesn't really care about being popular etc. She just likes to sing and write songs, and that's what draws me to her the most.
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I recently became obsessed with Eloise after seeing her videos on Instagram, singing and playing guitar. She plays really jazzy chords and has such a nice tone to her voice.
She's supported Bruno Major a lot on tour and is about to do her first solo headline gig in February which I managed to get a ticket for. 'You Dear' is one of my fave songs to listen to.
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Catch Ego Ella May at London's Ghost Notes on February 14th - tickets.
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