When female vocalists have come out of the UK, for the past few years they’ve been, big voiced, pop/soul, singer-songwriter type artists (Emeli Sande, Adele, Jessie J, Florence Welch etc.). The UK has never really had a huge diva on their hands. Someone who can do the genre bending emotional anthems like Adele and Emeli Sande, sing epic ballads, but still get really urban and grimy, and “diva.” At least not on a worldwide scale. Well, times are about to change. Meet Tanika.
The 23 year old South London native has been bubbling under in the UK for a few months, and now in 2013, she’s looking to get her chance on the big stage.
[quote]From growing up with a Rastafarian mother and the frequent sounds of Bob Marley, to five sisters playing the soulful sounds of Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill and Tina Turner. The diversity of music Tanika grew up listening to undoubtedly contributes to the distinguishing sound she provides for listeners today. “My family would stand me on at a table when I was eight and make me sing SWV, it’s what I knew best.” [/quote]
[quote]If I want people to get anything from me, it would probably be honesty. If I’m writing a fun song, I’m literally having fun; I’m picturing myself in that moment or I’ve been in that moment. I don’t write for the sake of it. If I’m writing a sad song, I’m sad. If it’s a love song, I’m 100% loved up or someone around me is and I’m inspired to write about it. I heard an amazing saying and it’s “Music is what feelings sound like” so if you’re listing to my music, and you can or can’t relate I just want you to tap into that place and feel it. Like a Bob Marley vibe or Adele. You might be happy as Larry in your relationship but when you heard ‘Someone Like You’ you wanted to cry because you felt it. If anything, I want people to hear my music and just feel it.[/quote]
Her first official single, “Bad For You,” drops in April. Definitely be on the lookout for Tanika in the near future. Her future is looking pretty damn bright.