Essential Sunday morning listening: Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life. If you ever need to go to church, dance your ass off and remember what love is, this would be the album. I don’t know how many times my mother and I have danced around the kitchen, singing every word, with every passing song screaming, “I LOVE THIS ONE!” They’re songs you can relate to, be soothed by, and increase your understanding. This album has been so much a part of me, I feel as though the best parts of me are made of it.
First record I bought with my own money: Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl. I also got Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation around the same time. I danced and sang and pretended I was backup for these ladies for years.
“Wish I’d written that” song: Pretty much anything that Fiona Apple has written. Also, “Painted Blue” by Jono McCleery and “Loner” by Kali Uchis.
My latest online discovery: “Sobriety” by Sza. My best friend turned me on to this song a few years ago. In true Harriett fashion, I disregarded it for a LONG while. I can only find it on YouTube and I’m going to let you know that sometimes I need this song like I need to breathe. Put it on loop!
Artists more people should know about: Lhasa de Sela. I listen to her voice and I feel some kind of kinship with her. Just listen to “Pa’ Llegar a Tu Lado” and tell me it doesn’t affect you down to the deepest part of you. Also, Jono McCleery. He’s just such a gifted musician and lyricist and I love his collaborations with Portico and Fybe. AND people should re-know Lauryn Hill. I’m sick of people calling her crazy. She’s better than everyone else and ya know it.
Guilty pleasure: Unapologetically, Kanye West. You know you still love listening to The College Dropout. Also, “Ultralight Beam.” I could go on and on, but if you have GooglePlay, try “Produced by Kanye West Radio.” The man can make some freaking music.
My Name Is Harriett will be performing at the Triple Nickel on June 16, along with hip-hop artists Kevin Mitchell, Stoney Bertz, MILOGIC and others.