South London neo-soulstress Ayanna Adannay – AKA Adannay – fuses velvety harmonies and groove-laden basslines to concoct something eclectic and hook-packed. With her dazzling new EP ‘Her Favourite Song’ out now and ready for your listening pleasure below, we caught up with the 21-year-old singer-songwriter to hear the story so far and glimpse into the future.
‘Her Favourite Song’ is a soulful delight. How did the track come about?
“This was a bit of a weird one actually! I started writing it about two years ago on holiday, on a beach, and came up with the first verse and melody. About a year after that, I came back to it after a close friend was going through an awful break-up and I felt a bit lost as to how to help and be supportive. Thus, ‘Her Favourite Song’ kind of took its form. First as an acoustic track and then from working with Aviv Cohen, my producer for the EP. It got a little funkier and became what it is now.”
How did Adannay start out in music?
“So I’ve been singing since I was really young. I joined a gospel choir at 9 and grew up around the Caribbean Folk Company. So, storytelling through music and vocal harmony has been my jam from day one. I’ve been singing and writing ever since. I actually started doing TV adverts and at 7 years old I was the voice of the hedgehog in the road safety adverts, which was so fun and a pretty unique introduction to recording music!”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“When I was coming to produce the EP, I was listening to a lot of NAO, Emily King and Will Heard. I’ve always loved Jill Scott – the way she performs vocally, her lyrics and that jazzy neo-soul vibe… she’s always been a huge influence. Big Corrine Bailey Rae fan, and her last album ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ has been on repeat for the last year! I saw Jess Glynne at Parklife last year and she is an amazing performer – she absolutely kills it.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“Lucy Mair opened for me at my single launch in December and I am so excited for all her new work. Her voice is freaking incredible! The harmonies she does with a loop pedal are gorgeous. I also met the band The Paisley Daze a few years ago, their sound is so unique, not to mention they’re amazing live. Their latest EP ‘Daze Culture’ is well worth a listen.”
And finally, whats next for Adannay?
“My debut EP ‘Her Favourite Song’ has now been officially released on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. I’ll also be dropping another music video for my next single from the record ‘Red Bottle’, which should be a lot of fun! Hopefully, this summer I’ll be out and about gigging with the record too.”