By Nicole Khuzwayo
27-year old Birmingham born Laura Mvula brings forth a new dimension to soul music with her debut album Sing to the Moon. Infused with orchestral arrangements, jazz melodies, soul, R&B, gospel and deep earthly velvety rich vocals, she delivers what she calls ‘orchestral soul’.
Intricately packaged, the beautifully composed 13 track album shows of Mvula’s Birmingham Conservatoire training. Co-producing and co-writing with the man responsible for the success of Rumer‘s well acclaimed Seasons of My Soul, Steve Brown. The album offers a kaleidoscope of scintillating textures that are bound to have you reminiscing about legendary act Nina Simone and Grammy-Award winning American singer-songwriter, actress and poet Jill Scott.
Sing to the Moon is released at a time when music in its true essence seems to be dying out. Mvula bares her soul explicitly with emotionally charged lyrics in Can’t Live With The World, and addresses her estranged father in the deeply personal Father Father ballad which channels Nina Simone’s rendition of Randy Newman‘s 1968 song I Think It’s Going to Rain Today.
She is a song about not giving up and persevering, and has two video versions, one being shot in South Africa. The album title track Sing to the Moon is another beautiful song on the album that fills one with hope and peace through the simple lyrics and depth in the delivery from her voice. Boasting no featured artists, it is truly a debut.
I will never be what you want and that’s alright
got my skin ain’t light
and my body ain’t tight
and that’s alright.
But if I might
I’ma stand and fight.
I will never be what you what and that’s alright
I’ll play my own damn tune
I’ll shine like the moon
and very soon I’ll soon fly over you
and whatchu gonna do when I fly over you.
___ That’s Alright lyrics
Mvula’s contemporaries include the likes of fellow English singers Emeli Sande, Adele, and the late Amy Winehouse however her work is nothing like you have ever heard before. This album is truly authentic, and wholesome and is a true embodiment of Mvula’s artistry.
The MOBO Awards 2013 took place at Glascow two days ago and Mvula took home the awards for Best Female Act and Best R&B Soul Act. With just one album under her belt, she is already collecting awards and is receiving accolades from one of her influences Ms Jill Scott. Scott and Sande took to their twitter accounts to congratulate the songbird for her wins. Mvula is sure taking the music industry by storm.
Laura Mvula explains the production process of Sing to the Moon
Green Garden was the album’s first single, it is an elegy of Mvula’s home in Kings Heath.
Laura Mvula – Diamonds
Laura Mvula – She (2nd video version)
Laura Mvula interview with Channel 24
Rumer and her mesmerizing debut Seasons of My Soul
To keep in touch with Laura Mvula
- follow her on Twitter
- Like Laura Mvula’s Facebook page, you can always get more information from her personal website
- To hear her latest sounds, access her SoundCloud page
- Click to buy Sing to The Moon