The star, whose last album Not Your Muse went straight to number one, moved in with her boyfriend, poet and model Sonny Hall during lockdown and says her happiness can be heard in her music.
She told Wonderland Magazine, “One of the real things I did this year was falling in love. “So my approach to certain songs is warmer and more sincere than the way I would have treated them before, which was a little darker and more careful.
“Now it is like having big horns and making it triumphant! There are songs that came into play because something happened to me emotionally and I developed in such a way that I am now more clear about what I am feeling. “
The 26-year-old British-Jamaican singer was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Essex and Brighton and said the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement gave her a sense of “empowerment”.
The star, who won the Brit Rising Star Award last year, said she got a boost for a crowd at a dinner honoring film director Spike Lee, including Vogue editor Edward Enninful and Michaela Coel.
She said, “I remember singing ‘Stop This Flame’ and suddenly reinterpreting it.
“The night was also in honor of Black Excellence and I found myself in a room full of people who had encountered adversity and exceeded the expectations of the people in their area as people of color. At that moment, I felt a sense of empowerment and comfort singing this song and it just took on a new form. “
She also credits part of the success of her new album to that sense of empowerment that allowed her to trust her own instincts when she decided to do it with her own live band rather than signing up with a big-name producer.
She said, “Surrounded me with my band and people who were just there to make good music, and brought me back in touch with the reason I love making music without the outside pressures that I was naive at first when I was growing up industry. “