My Record Collection - December 9, 2020

My Record Collection by Mica Paris
by Gary
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by Gary London, Bio "I see the world differently; damn colour blindness."

My Record Collection by Mica Paris

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of singer, presenter and actress Mica Paris, let's see what she picks out...


The first record I ever bought with my own money was...


"I was around 13 and had saved up my pocket money. I ran to Red Records in Brixton and bought the 12 inch of 'Funkin’ For Jamaica' and wore it out. I loved it so much because of my Jamaican heritage."

 

The record that made me want to be a singer was…


"It was 'God Will Open Doors' - Walter Hawkins. When I was around 10 my grandma asked me to learn a song for Sunday church service as they had some special guests attending. My aunt had imported this record from the states and I played it over and over until I could hit every note and every add lib.

When I sang it that day I knew it was good cause people started jumping in the spirit."

 

The record I've played more than any other...


"Come Live With Me Angel by Marvin Gaye. My dad introduced me to this song when I was about 12. I remember the first time I heard it, he played it to me in the car and knew I just had to be a soul singer."

  

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is...


"When I’m feeling low 'Oh Happy Day' lifts my spirits. Every time I listen to it somehow, I just feel everything will work out."

 

The record that makes me want to dance...


"Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear. Back in the day when this song came on in the club, me and my girls would stop everything and go to the middle of the dance floor and it still has the same effect. Also, ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough' by Michael Jackson. I will never forget seeing this video for the first time, my eyes were glued. Michael had his tuxedo on and just killed it with the dancing. This song was a game-changer for R & B for sure."

 

The record with my favourite title is...


"Sign O’ The Times by Prince. The album artwork just makes you wish you could step on stage and wait for his return."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time...


"Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown. I love Shirley Brown. In my view, she was every bit as good as Aretha, but she never got her due. Her vocals are insane and the lyrics in this song, every woman can relate to."

 

The record with My favourite cover art is...


"Earth, Wind and Fire - Greatest Hits. I have always been fascinated with all things regarding Egyptian history. The artwork is all that and stands out on any record shelf even after all these years reminding us there’s nothing like a great vinyl album cover"

 

The record I can't understand why anyone loves...


"Mr Blobby. Poor Mr. Blobby he didn’t do anything wrong but that record was everywhere and that was the problem."

 

The last record I bought...


"Gospel according to PJ Morton. I had the joy of interviewing him recently for my Gospel show on radio 2 (that will go out on Christmas Day)"

 

The greatest record of all time...


"Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke. Sam was prophetic and even in the midst of the pain of his time, he left this gift of hope in this song for future generations."

 

Mica Paris' new album, Gospel, is out now from hmv's online store.