Cover photo by New Orleans photographer Carlton Mickle

At home performances allow us to connect with musicians in a new intimate way

Many of us have been taking to social media to interact with some of our favourite artists during this unprecedented time. It is also the perfect time for some discovery; to discover new, emerging and inspiring talent.

A music series called Routes of Inspiration – Inside created by Vype, features live music performances with up-and-coming musicians. Each performance begins with an intimate conversation where viewers hear directly from the artists where they find inspiration in times of isolation.

Artists will be playing songs of resilience and hope live on the Vype instagram page – part of a mission to bring adult consumers around the world together with a little inspiration. As was made clear by last night’s debut performance which featured blues and soul singer Acantha Lang .

Inspiring songs of comfort and togetherness

For Acantha Lang’s first live performance in isolation she chose a few songs perfectly themed to give us inspiration and strength. First was the classic Aretha Franklin song Say A Little Prayer, with an arrangement by Jeanette Mason. Her second song is an original called Carry The Weight. And she finished the performance with another heartfelt original, It’s Gonna Be Alright.

Routes of Inspiration

Acantha finds her inspiration in music, especially in the voices of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Eta James and Nina Simone. Acantha keeps a printed collage of photos of these legends close by to inspire her to write from the heart.

According to her own Instagram, “Blues is where it all started for me. I consider it the birth of my musical career.” Her talent far exceeds just one genre; she covers some of the greats like Nina Simone, BB King and Louis Armstrong and also writes her own music. Her debut single ‘He Said/She Said is being released soon. Lang recently opened for Grammy nominated Reggae artist Luciano Messenjah in a sold-out show at London’s The Jazz Cafe.

On Isolation

Lang is an amazing performer whose talent and honesty is inspirational. Long before Coronavirus took over our lives, Lang took to social media with a post about loneliness and a song that surely resonates with all of us:


Born and raised in New Orleans.
Found my voice in Harlem.
Made a home in London.

We look forward from what is to come from this amazing global artist. To stay up-to-date with Lang, check out her website and register for her newsletter here.