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Soul singer, songwriter and musician amahla taps into an era before her time to create vintage-inspired soul music. After releasing her debut single “Old Soul” in 2018 to acclaim, Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding female songwriters. She also rounded 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians fund for her exceptional voice.
Amahla enters 2019 releasing her follow up single "Dorothy's Verses" and playing full sets at The Jazz Cafe, Royal Albert Hall in addition to selling out her first headline show at the Roundhouse as she releases her first project.
Her debut EP ‘Consider This’ demonstrates a storytelling ability long beyond her years, exploring issues of Domestic Violence, Race and Class and inner city life. The release ebbs and flows between the arresting and poignant acapella styles of “Consider This” and “These Times I’ll Wait”, and the neo-soul influences of “Old Soul” and “River”. It’s a culturally important release, with an undeniably talented songwriter at its core.
She possesses the vocal ability to knock your ears clean off your head..but instead puts all the focus and effort into the subject matter, using her singing ability as a vehicle for her stories”–Earmilk
“[Dorothy’s Verses] pieces together the truth of Amahla’s life through fragmented memories, brought to life with help from Amahla’s detailed and diligent songwriting” – Complex UK
“[a] sensational performance by 21 year old Hackney native amahla..with her breathtaking debut single Old Soul” – Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music
- An Interview With Amahla -
Who is Amahla?
Generally I think i'm a laugh haha, i'm pretty regular to be honest, it's not till I start singing...
Black music fuels my soul, I want that raw feeling to be a big part of my music. Like that uncontrollable movement when you listen to James Brown's "Cold Sweat" or how your face screws up when your hear Billie Holiday.
What sets you apart?
I think the tone of my voice is distinctive. You can hear my influences when I sing but I still approach every performance in a way that puts my own mark on it. I also put a big emphasis on songwriting, I want to be a successful recording my own music but also want write bops for superstars. It's so cool people are resonating with my songs.
Name a song that changed your life:
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)