As the Jazz Cafe link back up with gal-dem to once again celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to one of the three rising stars on the bill, Madison McFerrin, and she shared with us five stunning tracks by women that have inspired her.
Madison McFerrin is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. In December 2016, her solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world. After one listen, Gilles Peterson signed up her standout track, ‘No Time to Lose’, for his Brownswood Bubblers compilation.
Madison bears the torch of three generations of vocal pioneers. As the LA Weekly noted, she employs her jazz virtuoso father, Bobby McFerrin’s vocal techniques “to more soulful ends”, and her use of electronic music stylings reflects the influence of her brother, Brainfeeder producer, Taylor McFerrin.
With her latest release Finding Foundations: Vol. II, Madison intends to explore more ways to create experiences that engage and empower her community. As a female, independent artist of colour, she sees this as vitally important to her practice. Joining her on the bill are 90s r&b influenced duo S4U and North London newcomer Raheaven.
We caught up with the NY based singer-songwriter to find out about a few stunning tracks by amazing women that have inspired her.
Minnie Ripperton – Memory lane
This is Minnie Riperton’s final performance before she passed, and it’s incredibly inspiring to witness her resilience. Her voice is still so pure, even while battling cancer.
Snarky Puppy ft. Lalah Hathaway – Something
I will never get over Lalah Hathaway harmonizing with herself. Ever.
Melanie Charles – How Glad I Am
Melanie Charles is a friend, but is also 100% my favorite singer in NYC at the moment. Seeing her perform live is incredibly inspiring, she’s a total badass.
Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln – Driva Man
The “Freedom Now Suite” by Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach is an undeniable powerhouse performance.
Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand – Happy Days Are Here Again
The level of vocal control these two icons have is absolutely bananas.