carla marie williams: 10 albums that have influenced me

As part of PPL’s celebration of Black History Month, Carla Marie Williams has shared a list of albums that have influenced her. Carla is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer, having worked on Beyonce’s album Lemonade, where she co-wrote Freedom for Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar. Other artists Carla has written for include Britney Spears, Craig David, Rudimental and Sean Paul.

Carla also leads a female empowerment movement called Girls I Rate, which pushes for opportunities and equality for womxn (in particular Black womxn) within music and entertainment.

The 10 albums that have influenced Carla are:

  1. Mary J Blige – Share My World
  2. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
  3. Brandy – Full Moon
  4. Ike & Tina Turner – Ike & Tina Turner Live
  5. Skunk Anansie – Paranoid & Sunburnt
  6. Michael Jackson – Bad
  7. Lil’ Mo – based on a true story
  8. Best of 90s ragga & Dancehall
  9. Jagged Edge – Heartbreak
  10. Jodeci – Diary of a Mad Band

For more information on Carla and Girls I Rate, you can check out their work here: and look out for the #MENTORME project, which PPL is proud to support.