Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (Universal Republic): "She writes her own lyrics, and her songs have an old-school feeling, especially the first track, 'Rehab.' She has such a soulful voice; I hear a little Billie Holiday in her, some Donny Hathaway—all the artists I love infuse her music."
Coko, Grateful (Light): "Listening to gospel early in the morning keeps me motivated. Coko was part of the R&B trio SWV in the '90s, and I always loved her voice. Now I'm on one of the tracks on her CD! It's a Clark Sisters cover called 'Endow Me.'"
Aerosmith, Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith (Columbia/Legacy): "I usually listen to R&B or hip-hop, but I'm a music lover so I'm open to everything. Aerosmith's 'Dream On' is a favorite because it's such a hopeful song."
India.Arie, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (Motown): "Her music is soothing, so I listen to it when I get offstage. I can tell she's another woman who grew up listening to my idols—Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin. But still her sound is unique."