When it comes to singing, who are some of the vocalists — torch song singers and otherwise — who have inspired you, and why?
If I had a dollar for every time this question has been asked. I have many singers and song writers that have influenced me over the years, so I would have to start at the beginning. Here goes. Joni Mitchell, for her beautiful lyrics and innovative music. Peggy Lee for her understated yet authentic style. I might also add Julie London for the same reasons. Astrud Gilberto, for her purity and kd Lang for her ability to make any song sound like it is coming from a deep, resonating bed of emotion. I would like to emphasize that these singers inspire me, but I have tried my whole career to find my own voice. A journey I am thankful to be part of.
Source: Jazzblog.ca by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 2013