Playlist// Influences: Martin Luke Brown

The ten tracks that left a lasting impact on the pop singer.

Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence
“I heard my sister singing this before I ever cottoned onto Paul Simon’s genius. Poetry meets melody.”

Stevie Wonder – Evil
“Stevie is my ultimate favourite. Partly nostalgia from growing up with his music around the house. Evil was just my favourite thing to riff along to. He just goes mental towards the end it’s great.”

Bon Iver – Holocene
“I remember having a profound moment while I was riding a bike to a friend’s house and Holocene played in my earphones. I felt like I was in a film or something.”

Britney Spears – Toxic
“Ah it’s just so bonkers and brilliant. Pop music is so boring now.”

Kanye West – Homecoming
“I loved Coldplay a lot when I was younger and Chris Martin featuring on this lead me on to a big hip-hop phase. Early Kanye stuff is some of my favourite music production wise.”

Black Eyed Peas – Where Is the Love
“The first CD I bought! Definitely borders on cheesy but I love pop music with purpose. Say something that needs to be heard and deliver it to the masses!

“That whole Elephunk album was great actually. ‘The Apl’ song was another of my favourites. Just really honest.”

Don McClean – Vincent
“Songwriting masterclass. Similarly to Paul Simon – Don McClean makes me want to be a poet.”

Red Hot Chillis – The Zephyr Song
“Zephyr is a great word and all of the Chillis stuff was just the perfect blend of rock and roll and funk. A great period in my life.”

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
“This song is on everyone’s list. Everyone has had at least one Wayne’s World whack-it-on-in-the-car-and-all-sing-along moment.”

Sam Cooke – A Change Gonna Come
“My Mum introduced me to Sam Cooke when I was about 13 or 14 and he made me want to be a soul singer. His songs with the Soul Stirrers are just the best thing to listen to when you’ve had a long day.”

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