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Fast Five – De’Borah



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a lot of music from a really young age. After listening to the likes of Eva Cassidy and Alicia Keys, I started singing and writing songs when I was about 11 years old.

Tennis was one of my favourite sports when I was growing up and at one point I wanted to be a tennis player! I still like to play but music has inevitably taken the spotlight.

How would you describe your music?

A wide range of artists have influenced my style such as Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Lauryn Hill and The Police. In terms of genre, I’d say it’s a mix between Acoustic, Indie and Folk.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

In 2009 I released my debut EP Seasons, since then I’ve been balancing study with gigs across London and the South East. I’ve just recently released a second EP produced by Patrick Wood (Emily and The Woods, Ryan Keen) entitled A Thousand Tongues, after graduating from University in June. Over the next few months I’ll be gigging quite a bit around London especially.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Lauryn Hill, not only is she an amazing songwriter and artist, but I think she has an incredible energy and connection through her music; I’d just love to be a part of that energy on stage.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Blue by Joni Mitchell is my favourite album of all time so I’m used to playing it over and over again!  For me, music is about taking you somewhere you’ve never been before emotionally, spiritually and even physically. On every level, I think this album is a beautiful but abstract work of art that achieves this time and time again.