Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO is she?
“My name is, AISHA BADRU. I’m a singer-songwriter from Yonkers, New York. I’ve always had a love for singing and I’ve always had a passion for literature, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I taught myself how to play the guitar and started writing my own songs. I used to have extreme stage-fright, so it took a lot of courage to go from the bedroom to having millions of streams on Spotify.”
AISHA‘s debut album Pendulum is out now on Nettwerk.
WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
“I sing a lot about finding strength in times of peril. In the beginning, I pulled a lot of inspiration from my personal relationships, but now as I’ve been on an accelerated spiritual journey and have been getting a more complete view of the world through traveling, I’m beginning to pull from the collective issues that we all share.”
WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up in a low income neigborhood in Southwest Yonkers. Growing up in that sort of environment presents challenges because there aren’t many resources and opportunities available to help you to propel upward.”
“My experience growing up there has shaped who I am as an artist because it has allowed me to form a deep understanding of existing systematic issues and how a lack of resources can push you to repeat patterns that keep you in a hole. With that said, it has awakened my revolutionary spirit that comes through on songs like Mind On Fire.”
WHY the title Pendulum for her debut album?
“Pendulum represents the swing between the light and dark aspects of life. One day I was sitting on the bus and the word popped into my head and immediately I knew that it would be the title of my album. I think it’s fitting because although my album may appear melancholy, if you really listen, the overall message points to the light at the end of the tunnel.”
WHEN can I see her live?
“I’m planning a US tour for the summer and a European tour for the fall. You can follow me on social media for updates regarding specifics.”