Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

1. Laura Nyro & LabelleGonna Take A Miracle

It’s just an amazing collaboration and they’re all covers, as far as I’m aware, soul and R&B covers. But the combination of Labelle’s and Nyro’s voices is just fantastic. I’m a massive fan of her voice. It’s really, really beautiful and uplifting. ‘I Met Him On A Sunday’: that’s my favourite track – it’s probably everyone’s favourite track. The whole album has that slight gospel thing going on, which is great. I never got to see her play live because she died in the ’90s but my husband did and he says she was amazing. So yeah, one of my absolute favourite voices. That said, as I’ve been going over my list these past few days, and reconsidering artists like Laura Nyro, I realise there aren’t that many female singers on my list. I’m pretty outraged with myself, to be fair, but I love Laura Nyro, love her deeply.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Niven Govinden
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