Rita Ora is Spotify’s latest guest on the streaming service’s “Under Cover” podcast.
The British singer, 28, chatted about the influence of Joni Mitchell before singing her own version of Mitchell’s hit “Big Yellow Taxi”.
“I was like, ‘Who’s this awkward looking girl that’s got a guitar in her hand all the time?’” she said of the first time she saw the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter. “You don’t expect how confident the words that she says are when you look at her… Her lyrics have so much depth and substance and presence that you don’t actually consider her the underdog. I feel like that’s what makes her so special.”
For Ora, “Big Yellow Taxi” is “a perfect song,” adding, “It doesn’t really have a lot going on… Obviously, lyrically, she’s a genius.”
Listen to her cover on Spotify.