@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2014
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Laura Mvula (née Douglas) is a British soul singer-songwriter
from Birmingham. Her debut album “Sing to the Moon,”
was released on March 4, 2013.
Mvula grew up in the Birmingham suburbs of Selly Park and Kings
Heath with two younger siblings, and was influenced by the girl
band Eternal. She sang with Black Voices, an a capella group set
up by her aunt. She graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire
with a degree in composition. While she was working as a supply
teacher in a Birmingham secondary school, she started writing songs
on her laptop. She was working as a receptionist when she sent out
two demos to several people in the music industry. She is married
to singer Themba Mvula.
Signed to Sony subsidiary RCA, Mvula released her debut extended
play, “She,”on 16 November 2012. Her debut studio album,
“Sing to the Moon,” was released on 4 March 2013. One
person has described her music using a new term, “gospeldelia”.
The album was preceded by the single “Green Garden.”
The song is an elegy to her home in Kings Heath.
On 6 December 2012, Mvula was shortlisted for the Critics’
Choice award at the 2013 BRIT Awards. On 9 December, she was nominated
for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, and finished in fourth position.