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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.

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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".

^ Jones, Alison (22 February 2013). "Birmingham singer songwriter Laura Mvula singled out to be music's next big star". Birmingham Post (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 22 February 2013. ^ "Black voices". ^ "judyshouse". ^ "lichfield choir". ^ "alvechurch community choir". ^ "Laura Mvula to support Jessie Ware on tour". counteract-magazine.com. Retrieved 10 February 2013. ^ Cosyns, Poppy. "Brit Awards nominee Laura Mvula: Everything’s gone at 110mph". The Sun (London: News Group Newspapers). Retrieved 22 February 2013. ^ Louisa Poocock, "Laura Mvula: 'I still suffer from stage fright. I'm terrified I'll be found out’", The Telegraph, 14 March 2013.


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.

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Concert tours[edit]

Sing to the Moon Tour (2013-2014)
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Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

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 Le Trabendo Paris, Ville De Paris France

Video from YouTube

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  • thumbnail from Laura Mvula - She Laura Mvula - She
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