Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Amel LarrieuxInfinite Possibilities

I was a fan of Groove Theory, [Larrieux’s previous group]. But when I was at Berklee, there’s this voice department where you have all the singers; there’s all the tropes, the jazz singers, and the rock singers and the goth people and then there’s the R&B crew – who I became friends with. They were listening to Amel Larrieux records, both the 2004 one Brave Bird, but also Infinite Possibilities. God she can sing. It was something that was really hitting. The voice department in Berklee is just this giant melting pot of singers, which can be fun and terrifying at the same time. They were singing all the time, like 24/7, they’re just belting out stuff walking down hallways, singing. I was very quiet, I actually didn’t sing at all. I didn’t really do live shows at Berkeley. I was in my listening mode, my incubator, absorbing mode. There was a lot to take in, and so I was doing that. And I think I was kind of shy – I was looking for what my sound is.

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