After making her triumphant US debut at SXSW, UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula will release her debut full-length CD in the US on May 14 on Columbia Records, with the album available digitally on April 16. The first single "She" is available now on iTunes.
Anyone unable to catch one of Laura Mvula's incredible sets in Austin will get another chance to experience her strikingly beautiful live performance when she returns to North America in April for a handful of dates in LA, San Francisco, and Toronto. A full list of confirmed dates is below.
Mvula played showcases at the FADER Fort, Hype Machine's Hype Hotel, the VEVO TV Control Room, and the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at this year's SXSW. The New York Times featured Laura as one of their picks from this year, describing her set as "polished and unconventionally structured songs that suggested Joan Armatrading by way of Cecil B. DeMille. Her songs had a few lines of exposition that would suddenly be answered by her whole band - which included harp, cello and violin - with choirlike vocal harmonies, pushing Ms. Mvula toward exultant incantations that gave obsessions a cinematic glow."
The 26-year-old classically trained singer-songwriter's music fuses orchestral soul with velvety harmonies and emotional vocals, utilizing her formal training at the Birmingham Conservatoire along with hints of her Caribbean background. Sing To The Moon has received overwhelming critical praise in the UK, with the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and Metro all giving the album 4 stars and the Sunday Times selecting it as their Album of the Week. She was also nominated for the 2013 BRITs Critics' Choice Award and ranked fourth on the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sound of 2013. Mvula made her UK TV debut on The Graham Norton Show, where she performed the lively track "Green Garden." Her first headlining show last month in London sold out in just 2 days, and she also joined Jessie Ware on the road on her recent UK tour.
"She" on iTunes:
"Green Garden" on The Graham Norton Show:
Laura Mvula US Tour Dates
4/16 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg
4/17 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
4/20 Toronto, ON The Drake Hotel