Amythyst Kiah has officially released “Sugar,” a powerfully defiant rendition of Tori Amos’ standard. Amos – one of Kiah’s musical mentors – has been a driving force behind her music. Growing up listening to the 90s alt-rock Nirvana and Amos ignited her passion for music and hard-hitting, confessional songwriting. With “Sugar,” Kiah explores another part of her musical make up beyond the roots influences that have earned her acclaim. Listen to “Sugar” here!
“When I was 15, I fell in love with Tori Amos’ music. I was constantly playing her first five albums on repeat and even learned some of the songs. She inspired me to want to write songs – I wanted to be a guitar-playing version of her,” shares Kiah. “She manages to take very specific, very personal things that happened to her and turn them into songs that the listener can relate to and feel, even without having had that specific experience. Her use of metaphor in her storytelling, her distinctive voice and piano playing, was just so powerful and different than anything I had ever heard before. Her live version of ‘Sugar’ is one of my favorite recordings, so I hope I did the song justice!”