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Laura Mvula entered the music industry as a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. Thus her orchestral pop sound has more than made her stand out in a crowded field of artists looking to make a big wave from across the pond.
Mvula's music – a unique blend of classic pop, soul and jazz – has certainly garnered her a ton of attention. But first and foremost, it pushed her to pursue her passion. She sang with the Black Voices, an a cappella group, back in 2005. Three years later, she formed her own jazz/neo-soul outfit called Judyshouse, writing material and taking on lead vocals. And by 2009 she had become the Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, and was frequently directing the Alvechurch Community Choir.
Mvula was famously working as a receptionist when she began sending out demo tapes to industry heads. One of them, British composer Steve Brown, passed them along to his manager Kwame Kwaten, who would ultimately become Laura's manager. She was eventually signed to RCA and released her debut EP, "She," in November 2012. A month later, she was long-listed for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll and finished fourth.
A proper debut album, "Sing to the Moon," bowed in March 2013 to rave reviews. It reached No. 9 on the UK Albums Chart and cracked the top 100 in seven other countries, though it managed to reach just 173 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Mvula won both best female act and best R&B or soul artist at the 2013 MOBO Awards. The songbird will play a number of festivals this summer, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Love Supreme Festival and the Postivus Festival.
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Laura Mvula Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/11/2014 Paris Grande Halle de la Villette - Charlie Parker 09/04/2014 Newport Iow Robin Hill Country Park 08/19/2014 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 08/09/2014 Ebbw Vale Brecon Market Hall 07/06/2014 Glynde South East Glynde Place 07/05/2014 Glynde South East Glynde Place 07/04/2014 Glynde South East Glynde Place 07/04/2014 Glynde South East Glynde Place 05/19/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 05/01/2014 Cheltenham Wmd Big Top Cheltenham 04/28/2014 Atlanta GA The Loft 04/25/2014 New Orleans LA New Orleans City Park 04/23/2014 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 04/22/2014 Austin TX The Parish 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/09/2014 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 04/08/2014 Washington DC The Hamilton 04/07/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 04/06/2014 Montreal QC La Tulipe
Laura Mvula Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/22/2013 Montreal QC La Tulipe 11/21/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 11/19/2013 Washington DC The Hamilton 11/04/2013 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre 11/03/2013 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom 11/02/2013 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 11/01/2013 Oakland CA Fox Theater 10/31/2013 Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 10/12/2013 Dublin D Olympia Theatre 10/09/2013 Manchester Man The Ritz 10/08/2013 Birmingham War The Institute 10/07/2013 Bristol Bst O2 Academy Bristol 10/04/2013 London Lnd O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 10/01/2013 Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne And Wear Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre 09/30/2013 Edinburgh Edinburgh Queens Hall Edinburgh 09/17/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 09/15/2013 San Francisco CA The Addition 09/13/2013 Chicago IL Martyrs' 09/09/2013 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live 09/07/2013 Toronto ON Mod Club Theatre 09/04/2013 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 08/18/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Telford Tfw Weston Park 08/06/2013 Oslo 03 Middelalderparken 07/18/2013 Beccles Sfk Henham Park 07/12/2013 Kinross ?? Balado Airfield 07/11/2013 Copenhagen 147 Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel) 06/13/2013 Newport Iow Seaclose Park 05/24/2013 Londonderry Dry Ebrington Square 05/21/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 05/20/2013 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 05/19/2013 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 05/13/2013 Montreal QC Petit Campus 05/08/2013 Birmingham Wmd Glee Club 05/07/2013 Manchester Lan Manchester The Deaf Institute 05/05/2013 Glasgow Dby Oran Mor 05/01/2013 London Lnd Islington Assembly Hall 04/30/2013 Brighton East Sussex Komedia 04/20/2013 Toronto ON The Drake Hotel 04/17/2013 Los Angeles CA Bootleg Theater 04/07/2013 Amsterdam NH MC Theater 03/13/2013 London Lnd O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 03/07/2013 Manchester Man The Ritz 03/04/2013 London Lnd The Tabernacle 01/11/2013 Amsterdam Paradiso Kleine Zaal
Laura Mvula Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/27/2012 Birmingham W Mids Hare and Hounds 11/27/2012 Birmingham W Mids Hare and Hounds