Inspiring Voices

Happy International Women’s Day! There are so many areas in which women inspire me – art, science, literature, but today I thought I’d look at some of the women in music who have created a soundtrack to all of our lives.

Starting with my first girl crush, Kate Bush. I remember being curled up on the couch beside the record player, singing (and screeching!) along to Wuthering Heights, Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside. She’s not just a singer, she’s a whole aesthetic! She is an artist who never compromises on her vision and incorporates every facet of her creativity into her work. What an inspiration she has been and continues to be…

Sade’s sound is so unique and authentic, it just invites you in. She seems to hold her power in a place that allows her to be both vulnerable and strong. Creative people especially need to find that balance – and for creative women, it is even more important.

I just loved the album ‘Little Earthquakes’ by Tori Amos. I’m pretty sure every young woman had a copy. There was something about her irreverence; her unapologetic approach and her honesty that really spoke to me as a young woman. And made me regret giving up the piano!

I can’t really talk about female singers who have inspired me without mentioning Madonna. I think all of my generation were besotted with her. I remember watching Desperately Seeking Susan and thinking I wanted to BE Madonna. I tried my best to dress like her (until my older sister kindly stepped in and told me I looked ridiculous!) and have always admired her for breaking boundaries and her ability to defy convention.


Speaking about powerful voices – Beyonce is certainly that. I love that her music is becoming more outspoken and powerful; transitioning from a young woman labelled as a pop princess to a woman with agency. And who hasn’t tried these dance moves at some point?!

So that’s it, a little montage of the women in music who have inspired me over the decades. I think they all share determination and dedication to their craft; there are no half measures, so it’s almost like a battle-cry – don’t just make art, make good art that will touch people. Don’t compromise who you are in order to fit in, as Tori’s lyrics go – ‘You’re just an empty cage girl if you kill the bird.’ What about you? Is there an album you scratched to death, or a CD, or even a cassette that fell apart from overuse? Leave a mention in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

10 thoughts on “Inspiring Voices

    1. Beautiful choices! A Case Of You gives me chills and as for Nina, what a voice for a generation (for all generations!) This is shaping up to be an amazing playlist for the day that’s in it xx

  1. Great list! I LOVED Little Earthquakes when it came out – I listened to it over and over. I think I would have to include Sinead O’Connor on my list. The Lion and the Cobra was a hugely influential album for me. I was known to sing Troy on occasion! I was almost disappointed when Nothing Compares to You was released and she became a household name – I wanted her all to myself! Happy Women’s Day! 😀

    1. Oh yes, brilliant addition to the list! Loved Mandinka and just her whole approach, she really went for it! Wasn’t it great when we used to really connect to whole albums like that?

      1. Ah, had a glorious three minutes there, roaring my head off and pretending I was bald! I have to admit to being old fashioned in that I still listen to whole albums. I think many artists still go to the trouble of making them coherent entities, designed to be listened to from start to finish, even if there are one or two standout tracks. Sinead’s “Universal Mother” even comes with instructions to listen from start to finish, ideally with headphones! It’s a shame the album concept is lost on the younger generation. (My hair got a bit greyer just saying that!!!)

  2. I am still a massive early Kate Bush fan, apart from that I love Stevie Nicks 🙂 But I hate Beyonce 😂

  3. Great choices, Evie. I adore Kate Bush too – her music is very often the soundtrack I write to. Dolores O’Riordan’s voice is pretty stirring too, although these days it makes me sad to hear it. We lost her far too soon.

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