Music has always been a big part of my life. From a young age, my parents used music to bond our family and teach us about history. I have fond memories of Billie holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Marley playing in our home. Thanks Mom and Dad !
As I got older, music became a friend during sad times and entertainment during lonely times. I listened to more music than I watched tv as a teen. Music held my hand through my adolescent years and helped me find my confidence. My acceptance of my natural beauty, and multifaceted nature, was encouraged by the music I listened to. I am so grateful for the following women and the way they used their voices to uplift so many women in the early 2000s, especially young black American women, who’s perspective is often underrepresented in the music industry. I am grateful for the wonderful women of music, that sing truth to power by means of self reflection and social action.
Amazing Singers Who Inspired and Empowered Me In My Teens:
1. JILL SCOTT
Jill Scott is a beautiful soul singer/song writer/ activist from Philly. Her music permeates all my moods. She sings about love, food, family, and the black female experience. Her vibes exudes confidence and she keeps it real in her poetic lyrics. I play her music at all the family barbecues!
Some of my favorite songs by her include: A Long Walk, Love Rain, He loves me, Golden, Honey Molasses
2. ERYKAH BADU
Erykah Badu is a funk soul queen singer/song writer/ activist from Texas. Her sound is earthy, jazzy, funky and raw. Her words live on in my mind.
“Time to save the world
Where in the world is all the time
So many things I still don’t know
So many times I’ve changed my mind
Guess I was born to make mistakes
But I ain’t scared to take the weight
So when I stumble off the path
I know my heart will guide me back”
Lyrics from Didn’t Cha Kno
Some of my favorite songs by Badu include: Love of My life, Bag Lady, On and On, Didn’t Cha Know, Apple tree, Back in The Day
3. INDIA ARIE
India Arie is a singer/song writer/activist from Colorado. In the early 2000s she came on the scene singing about self love in a way that really resonated with me. One of her albums helped me through a breakup, to rediscover my worth. She sang about taking care of self first and she advocated relationships centered around love, authenticity, honesty, and integrity. There are so many encouraging lessons in her music.
Some of my favorite songs by Arie include: Video, Strength Courage and Wisdom, I Am Not my Hair, The Truth, Brown Skin, Nature
Jill, Erykah, and India, thank you for the honesty in your music! Listening to your music made me feel empowered.
Still listening and recommending in 2018. 🙂
Special thanks to Nick Simon Art for the Erykah Badu poster in the blog preview.
Please share in the comments section below, female artists who empowered who in your teens. Who and why? 🙂