I came across Cecile McLorin Salvant through musical peers at University, but it wasn't until researching repetoire for my third year recital, that she captivated me completely. Her track 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was' (Richard Rodgers) on her album 'Womanchild' was a game-changer for me.
Her warm tone made me feel so cosy as if I were sitting in front of a wood fire under a blanket in the middle of Winter. While her influences are clearly evident in her voice (Sarah, Billie, Betty), she still has her own original sound that cuts through the foggiest of days. Her newest record 'For One To Love' is currently on my "most played" list for 2016. It is infectious and I'm so excited that she continued to record with pianist Aaron Diehl. What a team.
I just adore her voice, her style and artistry. Her artworks are substantial too. To say I look up to her, is the understatement of the year.