The first time I heard the strong alto of Laura Mvula was on BBC Radio1. The song on the air was “Green Garden” and I scrambled to find out who this artist was with the 60’s infused soulful tones.
The musical arrangement and harmonies on this song does fill you with an urge to shimmy your shoulders or tap your toes.
The sassy stomping of “That’s Alright” is also one of my favorites. “Who made you the center of the universe?” she asks, while telling you that “I will never be what you want, but that’s alright.” I love a girl with attitude.
Yet, she’s not one to let fame rush to her head. The 27 year old Birmingham native still thinks of all the praises heaped upon her as surreal.
Her debut album “Sing to the Moon” has claimed several nominations and prizes this year. In October, the singer won two MOBO awards for Best Female and Best R&B/Soul Artist. Her album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Earlier this year, she earned a place on the “BBC Sound of 2013 New Music” list and the shortlist for this year’s Brits Critics’ Choice award.
Did I say it? I love her sound and her style. Take a listen: