The story of Asa (pronounced Asha) begins in Lagos, Nigeria...where she found a home in her fatherâ€™s extensive and eclectic collection of records from soul classics to traditional Nigerian music. Starting to sing at a young age, Asa was inspired by the sounds and messages of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey who served as touchstones when she later began crafting her own songs. It wasnâ€™t until she was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style, immersing herself in the songs of her musical contemporaries â€” Erika Badu, Dâ€™Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo. With her dreams fully in motion and with an array of experiences under her belt, Asa was in a purely positive frame of mind when crafting her new album, Beautiful Imperfection. The albumâ€™s lead single â€œBe My Manâ€œ, an up-tempo rock-tinged track with hints of 1960s soul, sees Asa in romantic mode, as she sweetly croons to her love interest. Guitar-driven â€œWhy Canâ€™t Weâ€œ, laced with strong horns and beautiful harmonies is undoubtedly a toe-tapper. â€œThe first album reflected my state of mind then. I had a lot to talk about â€” social and political issues. Beautiful Imperfection is different, it has more brightness. This time, I wanted to create something that would make people feel upliftedâ€, she states.