After making her triumphant US debut at SXSW, 26-year-old UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula releases her debut album, Sing To the Moon
in the US (out digitally now, CD out May 14th). Laur'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. Her first single "She," produced by Steve Brown (Rumer) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele), appeared out of nowhere to huge praise from the cream of UK music critics - a track so lyrically poetic that it took on a life of its own. Described as "The Voice of 2013" by the UK's The Evening Standard, she was nominated for the 2013 BRITs Critics' Choice Award and ranked fourth on the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sound of 2013.
Laura will showcase her strikingly beautiful live performance when she returns to North America for a handful of dates from May 13 - May 21. Check tour dates below.
US Tour Dates
5/13 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
5/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Non-Commercial Radio Conference @ World Cafe
5/19 - Washington, DC - The Birchmere
5/20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
5/21 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
"Simultaneously fresh and like a wholesome throwback... While her voice is clearly the star, her ability to envision such lush arrangements is what makes her songs so striking." — The FADER
"[Mvula boasts] a velvet voice coupled with richly textured harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements." — ESSENCE, One To Watch in 2013
"There's a string-swept, horn-infused Technicolor brightness to her full-length debut, Sing to the Moon, that evokes visions of 75-year-old movie scores, and yet the album never feels as if it's trying to re-create anything... Mvula radiates the worldly confidence of a singer twice her age." — NPR
"The songs [on Sing to the Moon] hail from some alternate pop universe: a realm of choirs and orchestras, of dense harmonies and of songs that unfurl their own forms rather than follow verse-chorus-verse formulas... She's a musical architect... Her lush backdrops flaunt instruments and singing, not electronics; they're unhurried and expansive, surrounding her voice with halos of vocal harmony or letting it float on its own." — The New York Times