When faced with overwhelming challenges, one must deal or fold in. In the case of NYC-based R&B/Soul artist Amira B, there’s no denying she’s always chosen the former option.
Her new album, Defined, comes following a recovery from a pseudo-cyst on her vocal chords that originally looked to be incurable. That and other real life adversities serve as fodder for Amira B as she defiantly swaggers atop the ten tracks with her indomitable vocals. To get the full story, we had Amira B break Defined down for us Track x Track.
1. “Left in the Dark” was the first song I wrote after getting my voice back. When I was studying at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, I found out that I had a severe vocal injury that would require surgery and I wasn’t able to sing for about two years. Once I recovered, I was able to finally write again using my voice and Left in the Dark was born.
2. When Amy Winehouse passed, I was extremely heartbroken. She is one of my biggest inspirations and influences and even though I personally didn’t know her, I felt like I lost someone extremely close to me. “No Desire” is a song I wrote dedicated to her.
3. One of my favorite albums is Amy Winehouses’ “Back to Black.” Chris Krasnow and I tried to get “Killin’ Me” to sound like Mark Ronson’s production on that album.
4. I wrote “Talk” when I wasn’t sure whether my relationship with a certain guy was official or not. We never had “the talk” and I was super confused as to what he wanted, so I wrote this song instead!
5. “Wouldn’t I Like to Know” is about wondering whether the intentions of your significant other are pure. When I wrote this song, I just moved back from Malaysia and wasn’t sure if my relationship was going to survive long distance. This forced us to be stuck in limbo for a while, which inspired me to write this song.
6. “Lie” is one of the oldest songs on this album, but it has gone through several lyrical and arrangement revisions. At the time when I wrote it, I was dating a guy who led me on with his charm and wit. It wasn’t till later that I realized he completely played me and lied to me about his intentions.
7. “I Won’t Argue With You Anymore” was inspired by Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” from his album The 20/20 Experience. Justin Timberlake is one of my biggest influences and I tried to pay homage to him in this song.
8. Chris Krasnow and I tried to get “I Don’t Know” to sound like a Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings record.
9. “Impossible” is a track that combines, Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul all into one. I think that’s why it is one of my favorites off the album.
10. Even though “I Am Defined” is the oldest song on the album, it still resonates with me the most. It has gone through lyrical and arrangement revisions since I wrote it in high school, but it still reflects who I am today.