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Misty Copeland

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June was African-American Music Appreciation Month, and as we celebrate the sounds that have inspired generations both past and present, the talented Misty Copeland has provided a special glimpse into the songs that influenced her life.

Starting from childhood, Copeland details how her all-time favorite songs have shaped her into the woman she is today. The raw passion of Anita Baker, the bare truths of Mariah Carey and the sweet melodies of Amel Larrieux each have a place on Copeland’s playlist.

This is how music has changed the life of one of ballet’s brightest stars.

Anita Baker, “Body and Soul”

“I hear and feel my dad with Anita’s music. I must have been about 4 when I remember hearing her for the first time. I could always feel this deep emotion from Anita’s voice. When this song came out, even though I had no idea what it was about because I was pretty young, it touched me in in a way that music should. Warm and powerful.”

Sade, “Lovers Rock”

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