When Aminah Hughes steps on stage she does more than fill the room with her honeyed voice. She draws her audience into nostalgia, calling us to remember the beauty and rebelliousness of an analogue world. “Inspiring” and “strong” are words that are often passed around at her performances as she embodies the empowerment we are all aching to feel. “An intelligent and vocal woman of extraordinary musical talent – a powerful musical force” (Robert James, GANGgajang/Yothu Yindi), Aminah is unafraid to touch the rawness, giving voice to pain, laying it bare, and finding the light in its grace. As Irish journalist Kate Winter describes it:
“There was no distance at all between musicians and audience, with Aminah’s warm charisma drawing us all into a fantastical storyland of songs and poetry. This lady can SING. But she also tells wonderfully vivid tales with every lyric, every word. Tales of love and rebellion, campfires and warriors, the earth and the moon, injustice and freedom…I was transfixed, and the energy in the room was truly uplifting. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a gig before which rejuvenated my spirits quite so much. I felt hope. I felt immense pleasure and warmth in the core of me. And I felt an air of romance and possibility that hasn’t been awoken in me in a long time.”
Though she has now been proclaimed “a strong, soulful singer” (allaboutjazz.com) and “celestial” (Shane Howard) with “a voice that will haunt you until you are dead” (American songwriter Thom Moore), when Aminah first picked up a guitar and stumbled onto the stage…. more
“There’s something about this woman’s commitment to music; she puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and she always makes it her own…There was no distance at all between musicians and audience, with Aminah’s warm charisma drawing us all into a fantastical storyland of songs and poetry. This lady can SING. But she also tells wonderfully vivid tales with every lyric, every word. Tales of love and rebellion, campfires and warriors, the earth and the moon, injustice and freedom.”
– Kate Winter, Author and Journalist (Ireland)
9 workshops in 9 weeks! How happy am I to have taken my groups through a 6 week songwriting circle, two SongCraft workshops and a vocal preparation workshop, all sold out? Pretty happy! What great participants I had! Guiding singers through my personal pre-show meditation was my favourite part. Thanks so much to @wam_musicwa and @apraamcos for your support in this workshop series. I loved it! And I’m very happy to have a bunch of new testimonials for my website and interest for the next series. Let’s do this!