ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
PHOTOGRAPHY MATT HOLYOAK
STYLIST CYNTHIA LAWRENCE-JOHN
LONDONER DELILAH'S VOICE HAS SERVED AS A SIREN CALL FOR ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE WHOSE MUSICAL OPINION TRUMPS ANYONE ADEPT AT SOCIAL MEDIA: OUR FALL PREVIEW COVER STAR, PRINCE. HOW EXACTLY DOES ONE END UP WORKING WITH THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED PEOPLE IN HER INDUSTRY WHILE STAYING TRUE HER OWN UNWAVERING CHARACTER? JUST ASK DELILAH
Here in the states, the singular moniker Delilah refers to an optimistic radio personality, whose voice many a lonely commuter or suburban store clerk will recognize as a comfort, if nothing else. In England, however, the name conjures a whole different set of ideals. Delilah (née Paloma Ayana Stoecker)'s 2011 guest vocal on Chase & Status's hit, "Time" is far more ego-driven than any advice the American Delilah would dole out to her callers: "I don't have the time / and I don't have the patience / What do you take me for? / Why am I still waiting? / 'Cause while you decide / I'm fucking suffocating." How's that for comfort? When asked what inspires her most, Delilah tells V, "Love, hate, family, loss, anger... Life provides enough experiences to write about."
But as raw as her lyrics get (and yes, she pens them all herself), this student of soul's sound stays as girly as the sprinkling of flowery tattoos on her left arm—another example of the pain she'll endure in order to produce something pretty. We can't get enough of Delilahs' tough interior and refined style—a perfect fit for these new Carrera by Jimmy Choo "sunnies," we might add. No wonder Prince (also an emotional realest and super-smart dresser) personally asked her to tour with him and his newest outfit of all-female backing band members, 3rd Eye Girl. "I toured with Prince last year on his Australian dates," she gushes. "It was amazing! We have remained very good friends and I can now consider him a great mentor."
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