British soul royal Mica Paris talks to Chaz Brooks about her musical upbringing and her new project Mica Sings Ella. I chose Ella’s songbook because she is ubiquitous. She wasn’t afraid to try new styles and had a voice that wasn’t particularly black but if she wanted to go black, sounding gospel I mean when I say ‘black’, she would turn that out as well. Then she’d go into that smooth thing and then she’d pull it back. It’s very unusual for a singer to be able to be that adaptable vocally.