Laura Mvula

This is one worth waiting for, and why is the first place to go for the very latest and the best in new music. Earlier this year we introduced the quite lovely Laura Mvula who’s debut EP ‘She’ set her apart from the crowd. The soulful honeyed vocals from the Birmingham girl shone through – the product of solid roots in childhood gospel, a Conservatory education, a blossoming in urban music, the electronic rhythms of hip hop. All these influences bear fruit in her debut album ‘Sing to the Moon’, solidly positioning the young singer among the best voices of the new soul alongside royalty like Emeli Sandé and Jessie Ware.

But Laura also manages to stand apart, connected in a seemingly deeper way to jazz and bebop, to the atmosphere of Harlem clubs and the spirits of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Her highly sophisticated vocals become an instrument in themselves and as such an intrinsic part of the song structure. ‘Sing to the Moon’ amazes with  each song, every fable full of a sense of inner peace that contrasts with the ‘noise’ of so much contemporary music. Despite her growing success (BBC selected her as one of the their Sounds of 2013) Laura continues to lead the Lichfiled Community Gospel Choir – perhaps a sign of the deep-rooted authenticity that makes her so special. 


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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