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Laura Mvula

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Laura Mvula (née Douglas) is an British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was produced by Steve Brown and released on 4 March 2013.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. She is also Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, founded by Black Voices and Lichfield Festival in 2009. She also frequently directs the Alvechurch Community Choir. 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. 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).


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 and Jules Buckley. It will be released in May 2014 as a high quality download via Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.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
04.28.14 The Loft Atlanta, GA US
07.04.14 Glynde Place Glynde, South East UK
07.05.14 Glynde Place Glynde, South East UK
07.06.14 Glynde Place Glynde, South East UK
08.09.14 Brecon Cathedral Powys County, Pow UK
09.04.14 Robin Hill Country Park Newport, Iow UK

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  • 04.24.14 I've been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for best album!!! - so chuffed #SingToTheMoon
  • 04.24.14 RT @patopatokakaruk: Happy Bday @lauramvula @HOBDallas 6 part harmonies, keyboards, strings, & drums - just beautiful! http://t.co/3AYzOCF4…
  • 04.24.14 RT @IonaThomas: Amazing gig in Dallas tonight now to celebrate @lauramvula birthday with the biggest cake I've ever seen! http://t.co/NfLs8…
  • 04.24.14 RT @Moco_latte2: @lauramvula you were so amazing. Beautiful show!! I hope you return to Dallas!!! http://t.co/U9jcd2lOx4
  • 04.24.14 RT @JChrstophrFrank: I got to sing Happy Birthday to @lauramvula tonight. Thanks for sharing your talents with Dallas. Cheers!
  • 04.24.14 RT @Moco_latte2: So I may have cried during Diamonds and Father Father. Both were emotionally breath taking. @lauramvula
  • 04.24.14 RT @DylanBJohnson: @Troy__Miller @lauramvula if you're ever in LA I'd love to take a lesson with you!