Soon-to-be star Lily McKenzie’s music career has been a long time coming. The artist started writing her first songs on the piano when she was still a child, and then as a teenager turned her attention to grime, garage music and R&B – all of this culminating in a music career that draws influence from many places. Now her smooth grooves are garnering plenty of attention and if you haven’t heard of her yet, then update your playlist with tracks “On Me” and “Surrender”, before finding out more about the rising talent below.
This year I’ll be releasing lots of new music which I’m really excited about, I always like to make sure there’s elements from different genres within my songs, but there’s always a UK vibe that ties them together.
I usually write from personal experience so that’s what I use to inspire my lyrics. If not my own, then stories from the people around me, sometimes someone will be telling me something and I’ll remember a sentence they’ve said and it’ll spark a song.
To not be afraid of making mistakes. I think we all worry so much about how we’re being perceived and if we’re doing the right thing. I’ve learnt it’s important to remember we’re all human and that it’s ok to grow and to enjoy that journey.
Fashion is definitely important to me as a performer, people want to understand who you are as an artist and I think that your look allows you to express yourself, it’s part of the art. In this social media age it sometimes feels like there’s a pressure to have lots of different looks but I think it’s about picking a style that represents you and being comfortable with that.
There are so many great style icons out there but I’m definitely a fan of Audrey Hepburn’s look. So classic and elegant.
There have been lots of different albums that have influenced me at different times in my life but the first three that spring to mind are “Aaliyah” by Aaliyah “Writings on the Wall” by Destiny’s Child and more currently Solange’s “A Seat At the Table”.