Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josephine shares her Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound.

Josephine is an English singer-songwriter with Jamaican and Liberian roots.  Her upbringing is reflected in her songs that cover a variety of genres from gospel and country to soul music. Her debut album ‘Portrait’ which was produced by Leo Abrahams, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. Oniyama was one of 13 artists chosen to take part in Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall’s week long residency with Mercury Prize winner Beth Orton.

I love movies and I love song. When the two find harmony together the combination is so inspiring. Ahead of my film and music masterclass on 23rd March, I’ve created a playlist of some of my favourite songs from film. Songs that I can’t hear without thinking about the characters and storylines that they help to embellish.


Josephine’s Spotify Playlist

A Real Hero (Ft. Electric Youth) College

I’ve book-ended my playlist with songs from the soundtrack to the movie Drive (2011).
The film is a modern classic with one of the best electro-synth lead soundtracks I’ve heard.
It’s cool and laid back and makes the film really eerie and unusually current.

Fire And Rain – James Taylor

This song was used for the soundtrack to the River Phoenix film Running on Empty (1988).
I remember seeing the film when I was really young. James Taylor, had such a fine and delicate voice.
Every time I hear this song, it reminds me of his soft temperament, his classic songwriting and River Pheonix being left behind at the end of the film.

Kiss From A Rose – Seal

Seal manages to make pretty much anything sound emotional and can grip you with some really simple lines of outstanding quality. The accompanying film, Batman Forever (1995) wasn’t great though.

Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) – Quindon Tarver*

This version of the 1992 dance track by Rozalla featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann ‘s Romeo and Juliet (1996). It’s a soundtrack full of contemporary reworkings of other songs but the whole thing is really emotive and works well as a stand alone album.

Show Me Heaven – Maria Mckee

A 1990’s staple with leftover hints of the 80’s from a lady with a really great voice… enough said. Featured in the film Days of Thunder (1990).

It Must Have Been Love – Roxette

Another song from 1990, Roxette had a great image and this song features alongside Bowie’s Fame 90 and Wild Women Do sung by Natalie Cole in Pretty Woman.

Is It OK If I Call You Mine? – Paul McCrane

I think this is a really beautiful song that slips below the radar on the soundtrack for Fame (1980). It is a musical/ movie that’s full of bells and whistles so it’s easy to overlook such a sweet acoustic song.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Pop/ rock gold!

Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel

This is one of those songs that really sums up the function of a movie song. Written especially for the film The Graduate (1967), Paul Simon managed to write a modern standard inspired by the images and subjects of the film. It’s wonderfully folky, which is one of my favourite genres.

Night Call – Kavinsky

To end, it’s another song from the 2011 movie Drive. The song is dark and heavily effected by digital processes. The whole soundtrack to Drive was a massive inspiration to the moody electro style I chose for the live score to the film Haxan: withcraft through the ages, which I’ll be discussing in my masterclass.

*Spotify isn’t currently listing this song but you can listen to it HERE.