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Lira's Summer Car Playlist
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Lira's Summer Car Playlist

Find out what the Disney songstress listens to in her car when she's free-wheeling during the holidays.

Enjoy some groovy beats as Lira revisits a few old favourites – and adds a few new ones – to her ultimate road trip soundtrack.

Artist: Lauryn Hill 
Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Three years before releasing my first album, <ital>Feel Good<end>, in 2006 I was listening to likes of Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige. I think you can hear the influence. I still love this music because of its soulfulness. It's very real and very honest. Putting a groovy beat behind it makes it contemporary and current.

Artist: Stevie Wonder 
Song:You Will Know
Album: Characters
Stevie Wonder was a huge influence on me. He writes very elaborately, and for someone who's blind, it means he's got a very rich imagination. What resonated for me was that people were writing music that was so timeless, that was penetrating and infiltrating the rest of the world.

Artist: Coldplay
Album: Parachutes
I love their compositions. They're absolutely my favourite contemporary band right now and know just how to sing great melodies.

Artist: Laura Mvula
Album:The Dreaming Room
I'm loving Laura Mvula – she has a very different, very unusual sound. 

Artist: Sade
Album:Lovers Rock
Sade sensual, distinct sound is timeless. In my early career I drew on a lot of inspiration from her. With my Return to Love album, I started carving out a specific Lira sound.

Artist: Michael Bublé
Album:Nobody But Me
I don't have a specific song off this, it's just one of those albums I play in the car repeatedly. It lands easily on the ear and feels good in the heart. 

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