Almost six years ago to the day, British singer/songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, made her debut on the Mahogany Sessions. After watching her deliver a stunning, stripped-back performance, we knew we’d witnessed something special. With Gabrielle going on to release a stream of critically acclaimed and commercially successful records in the years since, it’s probably fair to say our suspicions were on the money.

Today we’ve invited Gabrielle back to Mahogany HQ, but this time it’s to takeover our Spotify playlist and share the tracks that inspire and motivate her. Over to you, Gabrielle.

Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You 

I always think of this song if I’m struggling to write lyrics to describe a situation or feeling. She literally says what she sees. It reminds me that I don’t have to be trying so hard if I have something to say.

Beck – Fix Me 

On my first listen through of Beck’s new album Colors, this track jumped out to me. I played it over at least 5 times. It’s so simple and beautiful but when it gets comfortable there are these weird little sonic twists. It’s my favourite at the moment! I love the mixture of organic and electronic sounds too. I love Beck!

Labrinth – Jealous

I think this song is genius and I wish I had written it myself!

Whitney – No Woman

I saw Whitney for the first time at Glastonbury on the Saturday, I loved them. I thought they were amazing and this song was my highlight. They were playing in Brighton 3 days after and I got tickets to see them again!

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

The first time I heard this was in the car at night and it was raining. It was like the song version of a log fire. So warm. I love whole Pink Moon album for that reason, but this track is my favourite.

Follow the Mahogany on Spotify playlist to hear all of Gabrielle Aplin’s picks.