What's the deal with… Laura Mvula?
Get the lowdown on the receptionist turned rising musical star
Fri Jan 17 2014
She's nominated for British Breakthrough Act at The BRITS in 2014. So how did she, well, breakthrough?
A mixture of singing and slogging. She cut her teeth in an a cappella group during her late teens, before forming a neo-soul group called Judyshouse in 2008. Around that time, she also worked for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Oh really, doing what?
Well, as a receptionist. But soon a demo of her home-recorded tunes reached respected pop composer and hit maker Steve Brown.
Never heard of him.
You might know him better as Glenn Ponder – Alan Partridge's band leader in 'Knowing Me Knowing You'.
There you go.
What sets Mvula apart from the crowd?
How long have you got? Her debut album 'Sing To The Moon' is a triumph of angelic vocals, spiritual jazz-tinged songwriting and funkified modern soul. There are nods to greats such as Nina Simone (on the uplifting yet schmaltz-free 'She') while the heavyweight pop swing of 'Green Garden' puts her on a par with rootsy new-school troubadours like Michael Kiwanuka and Lianne La Havas.
Watch Laura Mvula's 'She' video
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