Moscow-born vocalist Anya Kvitka moved to the US at age six. A dedicated student of piano from an early age, she soon realized that she also had a talent for singing. Her R&B-tinged, vintage-jazz vocals evoke comparisons to Adele and Amy Winehouse. She has been making a name for herself collaborating with other artists in all genres from hip-hop to jazz; her first solo album (due this year) brings in elements of electronic and dubstep. New single “Gone Baby Gone” had it’s radio premiere on Live 105-San Francisco last week, when M.I.S.S. got a chance to ask her about her inspirations, challenges, and ambitions:
MISS: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
My old piano teacher. She taught me from when I moved to the US when I was six till I went to college. She was pretty much my second mom, and one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met.
How did you get your start as a singer?
After playing piano for years, I naturally hummed along to the melodies I would hear. But it was after I heard Gwen Stefani and Bradley from Sublime that I really started to try to sound good.
Who do you want to work with?
There are a lot of artists out there that I would love to collaborate with, but definitely Flying Lotus, Mos Def, Tokimonsta, Pharrell, Timbaland, Erykah Badu, SBTRKT….
What part of singing is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
I think just the studio element, where everything needs to be absolutely perfect–almost mechanical. Live, it’s an atmosphere where everything is so momentary and organic, that’s the most enjoyable part.
Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in the music industry?
Definitely stick to your guns. Don’t be closed to opinion, be open minded but don’t feel the need to apologize for your creative decisions if you’re passionate about them!
Listen to the lady sing…
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