After the release of his smash hit single September Song we catch up with Manchester-born artist JP Cooper. Read on to find out all about his musical influences.
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After supporting Stevie Wonder and with a platinum-selling collaboration with Jonas Blue Perfect Strangers under his belt, JP Cooper has been steadily making a name for himself in the British music landscape. You can listen to JP's single below and buy his latest album here.
Today we take a look at his main musical influences that have contributed to shaping his sound. Featuring a variety of legendary artists such as Eddie Vedder, Lauryn Hill and Bjork, it's no surprise that JP's musical output has been hailed as one of the most promising talents to watch.
Quite simply my favourite male vocalist when it comes to straight up soul. Donny was an incredible composer and has made me shake my head in disbelief more than most. As soon as I heard him I had to find everything he put out. His version of the song Giving Up kills me from the first second!
Eddie was the first singer that I was awestruck by. Maybe it was because I was a skinny, late-blooming teenager with a high pitched voice, he was everything that I wasn't. It amazed me to hear such a masculine sounding voice delivered in a way so full of emotion and vulnerability. To this day I haven't heard anything from him that I don't like, from Pearl Jam to Temple of the Dog to his more recent Ukulele Songs album, it's all amazing!
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is and will always be one of my top albums...Her voice is one thing, I don't even need to begin to talk about her voice but the lyrics and overall expression of the whole thing had me hooked since The Fugees. An incredible talent and a very intelligent woman.
The first record I heard was Burn to Shine. I was in my friend's car when he put the CD on and I was like "who is this!" When it comes to blending roots music, he's my favourite. So many styles done justice, a revolutionary guitarist, a beautiful mind and a real role model. Nothing but grateful for this guy!
Believe it or not, there was a time when, if I was asked to only listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would have chosen Björk. My favourite records of hers were Vespertine and Homogenic. I don't think I've ever heard anybody sing like her, not classically beautiful but haunting and completely unique. Björk is an undeniable creative, I'd love to wander around in her brain!
I fell in love with this band hard! From the lyrics,to the arrangements, to the vocal delivery I'd say these guys are some of my favourite songwriters. Adam Duritz is a perfect example of how an imperfect voice can be completely perfect!
The first "Urban" sounding band that I fell for. I really wanted to be in a band like this when I was a teenager but all my friends were rockers. I think I played Blue Lines every day throughout all of my late teens.