Laura Mvula




Laura Mvula (née Douglas; born 23 April 1986) is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon, was released on 4 March 2013 with an orchestral re-recording released on 11 August 2014. After several showcases, Mvula was signed by Colin Barlow to Sony subsidiary RCA. She released her debut extended play, She, on 16 November 2012. The title track 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”, 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. 9 December, she was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll and finished in fourth position. 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 Nina Simone, 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 Orkest and conducted by Jules Buckley. This was released on 23 June 2014 as a high quality download via Bowers & Wilkins’ Society of Sound and on CD on 11 August 2014. On 19 August 2014, Mvula performed with the Metropole Orkest at the Albert Hall as part of the 2014 BBC Proms Season, supported by Esperanza Spalding and ElectricVocals.

In January 2016, Mvula released “Overcome”, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers, and the lead single from The Dreaming Room. Mvula recorded “Sing to the Moon” with Snarky Puppy for the album Family Dinner – Volume 2, which was released on 12 February 2016. She began promotion for The Dreaming Room by performing “Overcome” on The Graham Norton Show on 29 January 2016 and on The Andrew Marr Show on 14 February 2016. On 19 March 2016, Mvula played the first live show of the album at the Jazz Maastricht Festival. 22 March 2016, she previewed the entire album at Islington Assembly Hall. 7 April 2016, Mvula released “People” from the album, a collaboration with Wretch 32. 19 April 2016, Mvula released the second single from The Dreaming Room, “Phenomenal Woman”. On 27 May 2016, Mvula released “Show Me Love”. The Dreaming Room was released on 17 June 2016.



Discography

Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: Phenomenal Woman
Album: The Dreaming Room (Explicit)
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Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: Green Garden
Album: Sing to the Moon
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Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: Like the Morning Dew
Album: Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest (Live)
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Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: Jump Right Out
Album: She (EP)
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Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: She (MJ Cole Remix)
Album: She (Remixes)
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Artist: Laura Mvula
Title: Royce Wood Junior
Album: Overcome (Rmx)
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Studio albums
“The Dreaming Room” (17 June 2016). “Sing to the Moon” (4 March 2013).

Live albums
“Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios” (23 June 2014).

Extended plays
“She” (16 November 2012). “iTunes Festival: London 2012” (2012).

Singles
“Ready or Not” (2016 Album Non-album single). “Show Me Love” (2016 Album The Dreaming Room). “Phenomenal Woman” (2016 Album The Dreaming Room). “People” (featuring Wretch 32) (2016 Album The Dreaming Room). “Overcome (featuring Nile Rodgers) (2016 Album The Dreaming Room). “That’s Alright” (2013 Album Sing to the Moon). “Green Garden” (2013 Album Sing to the Moon). “Like the Morning Dew” (2012 Album Sing to the Moon). “She” (2012 Album Sing to the Moon).

Music videos
“Show Me Love” (2016 Director: Damian Willers). “Phenomenal Woman” (2016). “Overcome” (featuring Nile Rodgers) (2016 Director: Alex Southam), “She” (2013 Director: Alex Southam). “That’s Alright” (2013 Director: Wendy Morgan). “Green Garden” (2013 Director: Wendy Morgan).



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