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Vocalist Amy Sinha reveals eclectic influences on latest work
(Published: November 24, 2015)

Amy Sinha refuses to have stylistic boundaries. From the soulful jazz of her debut album, A Sin With Love, to the electronic beats of her "It's Not Real" single, Sinha cannot be easily categorized. The Welsh singer prefers to be eclectic, unafraid of crossing from one genre to another.

Q: When did you decide to become a singer.

A: I have always been a singer. It wasn't really a conscious decision as such. I have two older sisters, and all three of us loved to sing and loved music in general. My mother encouraged us to learn to play different instruments including the violin and piano. Today I still play the piano, which is a great instrument for writing songs.

When I was 17, my music teacher encouraged me to audition for music college, and I went on to study at Leeds College of Music, specializing in jazz. Being a musician and a singer is not really a job, but it's who I am.

Q: Growing up, who were your musical influences.

A: I remember listening to the radio a lot when I was younger. I would listen to classical orchestras and piano music. I also loved listening to '70s and '80s soul music, especially Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross. But I was mainly knowingly influenced by singers such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Their vocal ability I found to be very inspiring and found myself imitating the way they sang note for note.

That said, I also loved old types of musical films, and songs, and so was also influenced a great deal by jazz singers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Doris Day, and even Louis Armstrong.

Q: How would you describe your creative evolution through the years.

A: Wow. That's a tough question. Musically speaking, I learned to be open minded, listening to a mix of genres. Having two older sisters growing up, I listened to music I might not have listened to, such as rock, indie, dance, reggae, etc.

I remember loving to sing soul and pop music as a young teenager. I then started to feel a great bond with jazz as I got older. My emotions and feelings started resonating in such beautifully written lyrics, felt somewhat different and freeing for me. Now I love singing all types of music, from jazz and soul to R&B and country. I believe that every type of music fits in somewhere in life and has a lot to offer to every individual person.

Q: How did the album A Sin With Love come about.

A: I always loved writing poetry, but I never believed myself to be a songwriter.

My brain never stops turning and I find myself thinking and asking a lot of questions about life in general. Around five years ago I got inspired to write my very first song which I called "Time." I do seem to have an obsession on this particular subject, and I wrote this song over two days.

After that, I just decided I wanted to write an album based around my thoughts I had at the time. So over the following weeks I wrote eight more songs in succession which I then entitled A Sin With Love. The title is a play on my name. As I've said before, I've been influenced by many musical genres of music, and I think my album showcases this.

Q: How would you describe the jazz scene in Wales. Do you perform live often in the area.

A: The jazz scene in Wales is growing all the time. We get some amazing musicians who come and perform here. From Rat Pack legend Buddy Greco to pop/jazz artist Curtis Stigers. There are a lot of opportunities given to local musicians as well. I have performed live on many occasions around Wales with my quartet, trio or with just a pianist. I love performing live; the interaction with the audience is an amazing feeling.

Q: What are your goals for the future in terms of your musical career.

A: I would love to perform in many different venues and festivals all over the world, including the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. This year I have recorded two singles with a New York label and hope to come out there and perform in 2016.

I also want to collaborate with different musicians and producers and create some different styles of music. My continuing goal is to make more music and meet different types of people who can help me expand and develop my musical journey.

More Information: http://www.amysinha.com

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