Un­der The In­flu­ence

Na­dine Shah’s mu­si­cal heroes

Q (UK) - - Nadine Shah -

Nina Si­mone

Shah fell for the jazz leg­end as a teen, gal­vanised by both her low, an­drog­y­nous vo­cal and her de­meanour. “She’d get on a stage, take out her chew­ing gum and slap it on the side [ of the pi­ano]. I loved her at­ti­tude.”

Ste­vie Won­der

Won­der’s knack for mak­ing “po­lit­i­cal mu­sic that’s son­i­cally up­beat and uplift­ing” was a ma­jor ref­er­ence point for Hol­i­day Des­ti­na­tion, ex­plains Shah, who cites the songs Higher Ground and Liv­ing For The City as par­tic­u­lar in­flu­ences.

Brix Smith Start

The one-time Fall mem­ber has “be­come a buddy. She’s look­ing af­ter me – she’s amaz­ing. She’s bonkers but she’s al­ways push­ing back.”

Billy Bragg

“I love Un­cle Billy,” grins Shah. “He’s taken me un­der his wing – he’s a re­ally great men­tor. He’s al­ways keep­ing his eye out for mu­si­cians that are mak­ing po­lit­i­cal mu­sic.”

Patti Smith

“Her po­etry and her po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism are re­ally in­spir­ing – but also her mu­si­cal­ity.” Shah be­lieves 71- year-old Smith is at the top of her game. “I saw her at All Points East – it was the best I’ve ever seen her, more en­ergy than ever, more vis­ceral.”

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