What makes an artist who they are? Their life, their experience, their worldview, their training, and THEIR INFLUENCES.
One of the things that I tell my vocal students when they want to know more about an artist is to look at who inspired the artist, and what their influences were. If art is a continuum, from whom are artists continuing?
So for you, I offer a small gift of my influences. These are the voices that influenced me from the start. Two people who I studied with are on this playlist, Jackie Paris and Sheila Jordan. I hope you enjoy it. These are some of my favorite jazz voices. There are many more than the voices on this playlist but this is my top 20 influences.
Now, what are your influencers?
Let me know about your influences in the comments area below...