There’s always a story behind the soul, and in this case, Sweden-born LA-based singer Snoh Aalegra’s soulful purrs. You may know Aalegra from her vocals on Drake’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ and the singer is only about to reach more fame with the release of her new project FEELS, coming soon. To find out just how exactly Aalegra became the woman she is, we asked her for some of her childhood gems. Including E.T, The Never Ending Story, and Super Mario. This list serves pure nostalgia.
The artist that made me FEEL so much growing up. I have many musical heros but he was the utimate magic to my life. There was so many levels to his influence on my life. He shaped me as an artist and is the main reason for why I do music. His influence ran deeper than music, he made me want to be a better person. I have endless love and gratitude for this man. I’m so sad that I never got to meet him to thank him for everything he’s done for me.
As I am doing this l realise I'm very much drawn to everything that feels magical and has a bit of a tingle and sparkle to it. I think Walt Disney might be the man who invented that magic Im talking about. The world of Walt Disney is another major reason as to why I fell in love with music. I feel so blessed to have grown up with Disney cartoons, they influenced me in a really beautiful way, a major reason to why I love big strings and big arrangements. The soundtracks are just epic and timeless.
I grew up in Sweden so naturally the amazing Swedish author Astrid Lindgren is another person who brought magic to my life. She is an incredible storyteller, I was completely lost in a trance every time I would read her books or Pippi Longstocking was on TV, or Emil in Lönneberga. Her perspective is so fun and appealing to children as well as adults and her incredible imagination inspired my imagination. What a woman!
These iconic women have been a great inspiration to me growing up, real women with healthy beauty ideals and my first introduction to fashion. Their charisma and their individuality was and still is beyond beautiful.
My favourite soccer player and one of my biggest heroes. I adore his entire existence! His confidence and the winning mentality are just out of this world. He is a very important figure and a very necessary role model for the youth in Sweden. He carries himself with such pride and excellence. He is someone I truly look up to. His life story is very inspiring, it reminds me to be always fearless and disciplined in all that I do in order to be a winner. I recommend that everyone read his bio.
The most beautiful voice of all time, I can’t describe the FEELS her voice gives me. I would always sing along to her songs as a kid and get goosebumps from her voice. Her voice is also a reason for why I chose this path in life.
Super Mario World
I spent endless hours playing Super Nintendo as a kid dreaming away. I think it was essential for me to get lost in other worlds and forget about my reality which wasn’t always the most pleasant.
Training Day Denzel Washington with his beyond this world talent, his intelligent mind and graceful manners along with this movie… it's everything.
The Never Ending Story II I was such a geek for this movie, again this movie just took me into another magical world. I wasn’t into part one as much, maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was madly in love with Jonathan Brandis who plays the role of Sebastian in this one. RIP.