The San-Francisco based singer-songwriter and instrumentalist breaks down her favorite artists, from Sufjan Stevens to Stevie Wonder.
Anna Dellaria is a new voice in contemporary pop both elliptical and true, with a deep focus on what makes all of us tick. "My music is centered around the idea that it’s okay to be fucked up,” she admits. “I believe confidence and strength are born from self-awareness. Even if that means you don’t quite know who or what you are yet, I try to celebrate the journey and struggle to get there."
Here, she breaks down the music that's made her the artist she is today. "The majority of this music defines my upbringing, and a single song off some of these albums can instantaneously bring back memories for me. I think that's kinda the key to everyone's favorite music: emotional connection whether that be a time of joy, infatuation, sadness, et cetera. Just as it defines my childhood, these pieces of music heavily influence my own art and musicality," Dellaria says.
Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (1976) Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
Aretha Franklin's voice is just undeniable. It's provocative, vulnerable, and all-mighty all at once. Stevie Wonder's writing and overall musicality is something that I'll forever adore. His music is so genuine and encompasses every genre imaginable without sounding like it. I don't think anyone's ever come close to holding that kind of influence and ability, but damn if I don't love to listen to it.
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Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Jazmine Sullivan, Fearless (2008)
Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan changed my world. They were more contemporary sounding and offered a lyrical rawness coupled with these soaring and agile voices that just kept you wanting to listen. The flow, the pocket, the heart of their music is just something I've always loved.
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (2013)
I can't even discuss Beyoncé cause we'll be here for hours - so let me just say this was HARD to narrow down. Beyoncé to me represents the ultimate performer, business womxn, vocalist, artist and visionary. That album changed the music industry forever and under her own name, with her own vision and ownership which is RARE in the entertainment world and honestly world in general. It speaks to cultural flaws while also just simply being fantastic music.
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James Blake, James Blake Jeff Buckley, Grace (1994) Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and (2011) Lowell (2017)
James Blake, Jeff Buckley, and Sufjan all hold this really vulnerable memory and inspiration for me. Sufjan is one of the few artists that can make me cry no matter where I am or who I'm with. I'll have to leave if "Fourth of July" comes on. James explores sounds and musicality that is just outright innovative and one of the few artists I've been able to believe when it comes to using electronic elements and sound design to evoke a feeling. His lyrics also kill me. Jeff Buckley as a whole is just passion. Raw, unfiltered sincerity that gives me chills every time.
Sublime, Sublime (1996)
Sublime doesn't give a fuck and also encompassed a lot of my middle school memories. I wish there was more music being made like that, and the truth is some 17-year-old is probably making it— I just don't know about it yet, haha. ✰
You can listen to Anna's new single "Sorry Doesn't Work" here or on Spotify below.