My Music DNA at Christmas: Riva Taylor

Riva Taylor has been performing and entertaining audiences globally since making her stage debut in 2001 at a Farm Aid benefit gala at the Royal Albert Hall and garnered praise from Prince Charles.

She went on to perform at proms and celebrity events, flew to the US to be interviewed by Usher. And sang alongside Michael Ball at the 2006 FA Cup Final to more recently performing at the BST festival Hyde Park supporting Barbra Streisand and earning fans in Sir Elton John and Pete Tong.

Her latest album TWH.2, was released in May, while her latest single, an acapella rendition of Silent Night is accompanied by a sample of this year’s top news headlines read by BBC/ITV presenter Yiolanda Koppall. Thus, creating a juxtaposing and imaginative interpretation of the famous Carol this Christmas.

Speaking about her latest track, Riva says: “Growing up, I loved the Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 rendition of Silent Night, where a section of the 7’Oclock news was placed underneath their version of the Carol.

“I’ve waited for the right moment to re-create this concept in my own way. I felt this year was the year with so much news, change globally, and questions being raised about the future of our planet. We wonder what the new normal looks like as we continue to navigate life in the midst of a pandemic.

“The festive period and looking into a brand-new year has always felt like a moment for celebration as much as it has, a time for reflection. I hope the song leaves the listener feeling a sense of that, as well as happiness and hope that this time of year brings.”

Riva recently spoke to Andy Howells about her music inspirations.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

Candle In The Wind – Elton John

What was the first single /download you bought?

TLC – No Scrubs! £3.99 from Woolworths

What was the first album you owned?

Soundtrack to Les Miserables (I was in it when I was 7, still know every word!)

What’s your constant go to track?

I’m going to give you two: Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me, Bryan Adams – Run To You

What’s your constant go to album?

Coldplay – Parachutes

Who’s your latest music discovery?

Laufey – a gorgeous, young jazz singer with an interesting tireless tone!

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

This Woman’s Heart

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