We sat down with Estelle and talk about her music and her evolution throughout the years. This interview is part of our exclusive coverage leading up the 2018 Sing Jazz festival.
If you could tell one thing to your younger self, what would it be?
I would say wear all of the belly tops!!
What are you most proud of?
I used to think there had to be one singular thing in all my life to be proud of but I’ve done many things I’m proud of. So now I find things every day - today it would be I’ve reached my personal body image goal.
Are you excited about performing at SING JAZZ? What’s your favorite aspect of this festival?
I’ve never been to the Sing Jazz festival but I’m super excited to perform. Each experience performing in Singapore has topped the last. This will be a fun time and I’m so honoured to be on the bill with artists I’ve grown up listening to and love as humans as well as musicians.
What can the SING JAZZ audience expect from you this year?
A lot of fun. We don’t do the typical jazz style sit in your seat performance. You will dance and sing along and in general have a lot of fun.
Any artists you look forward to seeing this year?
Jazzie B with Soul II Soul and Lauryn Hill.
You often talk about putting your energy into a song. What were some of the moments in your life that helped you find the energy?
My songs are directly influenced by my life whether I know it or not - American boy, Thank You, Conqueror are all very directly related to whatever period I was having in my life. Each brought their freedoms and their joys along with their albums full of music related to the times. I’m thankful for the release as well as being able to write and sing songs the world relates to.
Is there any particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Anything by Stevie Wonder.