Livincool recommends: EJ – Mama I’m gonna sing


We love Ej’s voice! ‘Mama, I’m Gonna Sing’ is the debut single of this incredible London-based, Swedish-born singer. The irresistible gospel-inflected semi-accapella track stamps her mark on the music scene, with its stomping strong lyrics and powerhouse vocal. EJ was born Edwina Johnson in Stockholm, Sweden. Her single, Barbadian mother, uprooted her to spend time with an extended family in Gothenburg. Plunged in a strong musical community, her initial musical awakenings are characterised by a mix of sacred and secular, something that has been perfectly attuned in ‘Mama, I’m Gonna Sing’. ‘My Grandmother took me to church every Sunday and her house was always swarming with us grandchildren,’ EJ says, ‘I had the mix of church singing and then coming back to her house to see my cousins breakdancing and listening to Michael Jackson and Neneh Cherry.’ Already being spun like crazy on BBC 1Xtra, Kiss and Radio 1, remixes of ‘Mama, I’m Gonna Sing’ are courtesy of some of the hottest DJ’s of the moment, such as Jamie Jones, Savage Skulls and Pete Tong, and have been tearing up dancefloors across the world. Expect to be blown away from her future anthems ‘Bangers & Mash’ and ‘Supersize’ coming in 2012.