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Take 5 With Dahlia Ray

Evoking endless summer days and bubbling warmth, the new single Bonfire from singer-songwriter Dahlia Ray blends buoyant indie pop with 90s sentimentality. Driven by optimism and demure effervescence, Bonfireis also accompanied by a nostalgic music video, complete with a key childhood staple: the humble trampoline. To celebrate the release, today Dahlia has shared with us her 5 favourite tunes/albums of all time and why.

Metallica – Black

Used to sing this album religiously. Loved it for obvious reasons but also because when I’d sing it, it would become a completely different song instantly because of my tone. I discovered what it was like to really make someone else’s song yours through this album.


UB40 – Greatest Hits

 I especially love the Song ‘Kingston Town’. It always puts me in a good mood, and to this day I still put it on for the vibes it brings.


Celine Dion – Let’s Talk About Love

The song ‘My Heart Will Go On was huge at the time and I basically learnt what my voice was capable of through this album.


Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

 Definitely one of the best songs of the 90’s. My sister who I used to share a room with used to play this song on repeat. I hated it at the start, and by the end I loved it. It expanded my horizons into rock music which I didn’t appreciate much before that, I was all about Dolly Parton so a stark contrast.


Boyz II Men – End Of The Road

 Because to this day I’ve never heard more difficult vocals. I had no idea voices could do that the way they did. Never heard harmonies like that to this day. I went on holiday last year to Disneyland in California, and accidentally saw them live by pure fluke, and they were even more amazing in person. I played their songs a lot in the 90’s.

Dahlia Ray’s latest single, Bonfire is available now, everywhere.

Written by John Zebra