Lianne La Havas

Jessie Ware is not the only British chanteuse in contention for the Mercury Prize. She’ll be competing with a singer cut to quite a different cloth: Lianne La Havas. Twenty-three year old La Havas is part of the vanguard of “New British Soul”, her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough reaching #4 in the UK album charts. The album is notable for its emotional strength, evoking jazz greats like Billie Holiday to disco queens like Loletta Holloway with lyrics exceptionally tough for one so young. La Havas has explained she wants to give voice to feelings, and no one who has heard her debut single No Room For Doubt could be in any doubt of that.  She made a stunning TV debut in 2011 on Later… with Jools Holland and this September joined Alicia Keys on stage in Manchester for a concert broadcast across the world.

Now she is following in the footsteps of the American megastar in the tried and tested route to global domination – the world tour – on 16 November appearing at the Roxy in Hollywood, at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on the 17th and the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 22.

Look out world: Lianne La Havas is coming.


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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