Anna Pancaldi just released the song of the year. No, we will take it one step further. The song of the decade. Brother is so raw, so honest and so truthful that even those who have not experienced loss will connect with the emotional journey Anna takes her listener on. To celebrate this stunning upcoming British talent, we asked her to take us on a journey of a different kind – one down her musical memory lane.
What song reminds you most of your childhood?
Wow, so many, but ‘Good Vibrations’ by The Beach Boys reminds me of when my family first moved to Cape Town, I remember driving along to the coastal road feeling such joy.
Which song inspired you to become a musician/singer?
Well, my much younger self would have been ANY Mariah Carey song, I used to belt her albums from my bedroom! ‘One Sweet Day’.
Which song do you wish you had written?
‘Lover You Should Have Come Over’ by Jeff Buckley. The lyrics, melody and the way Jeff performs and lives each word is so very inspiring. Those timeless songs, which we don’t hear so many of these days, we never tire of and can revisit at anytime and listen as if it were for the first time. Inspiring.
Which artist/band has been the most inspirational to you?
Ray Charles is one of those for me, who has suffered great personal tragedy in his young life and had a troubled childhood and still managed to make something of himself, a true test of strength of character and very inspiring for me.
Which song/album currently dominates your attention?
Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘Natural Woman’
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Jeff Buckley, no need to think about that one!