Lion Babe is a neo soul duo that formed in New York City. The duo is made up of singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman. Following their meeting through a mutual friend, the pair released the single “Treat Me Like Fire” (2012), which raised their profile and led them to sign a record deal with Interscope. Following the signing the duo released their self-titled debut EP in 2014.
Hervey states she is inspired by “classic vocalists” including Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan as well as Erykah Badu. Throughout their childhood the pair both grew up listening to artists such as Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone, whilst Goodman stated that music that touched up on the early 2000′ was as influence such as The Neptunes as well as The Strokes and the White Stripes.
As a duo they stated that The Beatles are a huge influence on their musical style and also listen to various other artists from various genres including Lee Scratch Perry, Sergio Mendes in Brazil, and Fela Kuti. Both Hervey and Goodman stated they were inspired by singer and producer Pharrell Williams, stating they grew up listening to his music and his production.