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Laura Mvula

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Laura Mvula (née Douglas) is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. The orchestral re-recording of her 2013 debut album Sing to the Moon was released exclusively online via Bowers & Wilkins' Society of Sound on 23 June 2014.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Early and personal life[edit]

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. In 2005, Mvula sang with Black Voices, an a cappella group set up by her aunt. In 2008, she formed a jazz/neo-soul group called Judyshouse, singing lead vocals and writing material for the band. Laura was Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, founded by Black Voices and Lichfield Festival in 2009. She has also previously directed the Alvechurch Community Choir. Laura graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire at the Birmingham City University 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. One of them, Steve Brown, heard the songs and sent them to his manager Kwame Kwaten who would become Laura's manager. Laura is married to singer Themba Mvula. In a podcast for The Daily Telegraph, Mvula admitted to suffering from "crippling stage fright".Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Career[edit]

2012–14: Sing to the Moon[edit]
Main article: Sing to the Moon

After several showcases, Laura Mvula was signed by Colin Barlow to Sony subsidiary RCA. She released her debut extended play, She, on 16 November 2012. The title track, "She" is the first song Mvula ever wrote. Her debut studio album, Sing to the Moon, was released on 4 March 2013. She worked on the album with producer Steve Brown and mix engineer Tom Elmhirst. Paul Lester from The Guardian described her music as "gospeldelia", calling it a new musical genre. 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. On 1 February 2013, she gave her first live TV performance on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, singing "Green Garden". Mvula stated her influences include Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill.

Sing to the Moon reached number 9 on the UK Albums Chart and within the top 100 in seven other countries and has so far reached 173 in the US Billboard 200 In October 2013, Mvula won awards for best female act and best R&B or soul artist at the 2013 MOBO Awards.

In March 2014, Mvula re-recorded an orchestral version of her debut album Sing to the Moon in collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, and was released on 23 June 2014 as a high quality download via Bowers & Wilkins' Society of Sound. The album is currently available for pre-order and will be released to the public on 11 August 2014.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Concert tours[edit]

Sing to the Moon Tour (2013-2014)
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Date Venue Location Tickets
08.09.14 Brecon Market Hall Ebbw Vale, UK
08.19.14 Royal Albert Hall London, Kec UK
09.04.14 Robin Hill Country Park Newport, Iow UK
09.11.14 Grande Halle de la Villette - Charlie Parker Paris, France

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Activity

  • 07.09.14 RT @ITISLENNYHENRY: I've experienced racism in the acting industry, now I'm tackling it | Danny Lee Wynter http://t.co/Jxt1SoZlw4 via @guar…
  • 07.09.14 RT @Oritse: I really want this Hidden Army of young carers to come to light and be supported after tonight! #BritainsYoungestCarers
  • 07.09.14 RT @birminghammail: Read all about it :-) → http://t.co/lmSAE1qpaR RT @lauramvula: Spent today selecting#BsideBrum playlist as a part of t…
  • 07.09.14 Spent today selecting#BsideBrum playlist as a part of the panel.So much great music has come outof Brum! @visit_bham http://t.co/vggyPzSygX
  • 07.09.14 The pigeons at euston station are getting sooo brave
  • 07.09.14 RT @visit_bham: @MyahIsMyName you voted @LauraMvula 'Green Garden.' Do you think it will make the #BsideBrum cut today? http://t.co/6iYXTQU…
  • 07.09.14 RT @BerniBishop: @UVCollective @lauramvula Absolutely agree-it was an honour to sing with you last night Laura! You are phenomenal! <3 #UVC…
  • 07.09.14 RT @UVCollective: @lauramvula you were incredible last night Laura! We loved singing with you in Circle of Life! True artist and talent xxx…
  • 07.09.14 Had fun channelling my inner lioness #TheCircleofLife #TimRice #RoyalFestivalHall #tribalmakeup http://t.co/HywnafMEly
  • 07.08.14 I'm desperate to go to Jamaica & St Kitts. #home
  • 07.07.14 Erm when can we expect this Hayfever season to be on its merry way?
  • 07.07.14 Anti-Fame Manifesto by @sia http://t.co/vg53X7cc0J