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Bisola is the soulful singer-songwriter to watch


INSPIRATIONAL UK soul singer-songwriter Bisola has ambitions of one day working with the likes of Timbaland and Max Martin.

Having recently released her new EP, Lessons from Mama, the south London artist performs her new body of work at Proud in Camden this week.

Maxine Harrison had a quick word ahead of the performance.

L&S: Has singing always been a passion of yours?

Bisola: Yes, I think it has, since I was a kid. My earliest memory of music is my grandmother taking me to church and the singing connected with me. So since then I’ve just loved music. I got into song writing when I was a teenager as an outlet to express my frustrations. So, it’s always been a part of my life, as long as I can remember.

L&S: Who are your musical influences?

Bisola: They are quite varied. Performance- wise, I would probably look at people like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Emile Sande and Adele. And because of my songwriting I think I also have an interest in people who do have that ability to write and perform their own music. So, Stevie Wonder comes to mind.

NEW MUSIC: Bisola's latest eP

L&S: What would you say inspires you to write inspirational songs?

Bisola: Well, I think there’s a part of me that feels like there’s lots of music, in terms of different genres and sound. But predominantly a lot of it is filled with obvious things like love, money or very self- motivated in some cases and I feel like there is a bit of a gap where people still go through challenges in life and different experiences and that needs to be talked and sung about and listened to.

L&S: Who would you like to work with in the future?

Bisola: Certainly, there are some very talented producers, but I find that the ones that are in the charts tend to be based in America. It would be nice to work with Max Martin or maybe Timbaland.

L&S: In which countries would you like to perform in the future?

Bisola: Certainly the States, because I think it’s a great market for my type of music, in terms of it being very soul-based and maybe a bit of an R&B stance to it. I know Europe also has a great landscape of music of black origin as well, so I would love to go to places like France and Germany, and see what that would be like.

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