Influences: UK-based songwriter SuRie talks us through five artists who inspire her


UK-based songwriter SuRie talks us through five artist who inspire her. Having journeyed from backing dancer to Eurovision contestant and now, recording artist; SuRie’s influences span multiple genres, from indie to rock and pop. Before we get started, check out her new single ‘Only You and I’ below.

Emiliana Torrini

Emiliana Torrini is my ultimate poet, singer/songwriter, composer hero. Her discography soundtracked my adolescence through to my present, and continues now, and I will never tire of hearing her delicate word painting and raw vocals. She can, and does, tap into every fibre of my being. 


I can’t get enough of listening to RY X since I first heard him a few years ago. His sound design is perfect – every element has its place and compliments every other layer. I find his sounds so calming and yet stimulating. 

Alicia Keys

I was 12 when ‘Songs In A Minor’ came out and it meant a huge deal to me to hear this R&B, soulful pop album begin with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata! That mix of classical into contemporary really spoke to me and encouraged me that I didn’t have to stick to one or the other; it was possible to combine them both. 

Tori Amos

Tori Amos teaches me to bend the rulebook, or ignore it, or throw it out the window! As a songwriter, pianist, composer and as a listener, she challenges me and I find her music hugely educational and inspirational.

Joni Mitchell

When life throws a confusing curveball, I’ve always found my way out by listening to Joni Mitchell. She has always, always, got me through. 

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