Interview: Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula is an instinctive songwriter and composer whose debut album Sing to the Moon delivered a striking blend of invention and simplicity.

Her Ivor Novello Award nominated debut reveals that Laura is as comfortable digesting choral baroque music as she is the rhymes of Erykah Badu or the timeless pop of Amy Winehouse. And, if genre-hopping is nothing new, she brings a fluid musical language that is way beyond the contemporary.

The Birmingham-born artist has benefited from nearly 20 years of classical training through the Birmingham Music Service and while she is an adept classical musician, she also counts Eternal, Gerald Finzi and Gil Scott among her diverse influences.

We caught up with her on the red carpet of The Ivors 2014 to hear about her whirlwind year, how she’s dealing with the hype and what’s she’s working on next…

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