19 Facts About Laura Mvula


Laura Mvula released her debut studio album, Sing to the Moon, to favourable reviews, and earning two MOBO awards and a Mercury Prize nomination.

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In 2018, Laura Mvula received an honorary doctorate of music from her alma mater, Birmingham City University.

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Laura Mvula grew up in the Birmingham suburbs of Selly Park and Kings Heath with two younger siblings.

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Laura Mvula's mother is a humanities professor and is from Saint Kitts.

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Laura Mvula's father is from Jamaica and is a youth legal protection educator.

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Laura Mvula took up piano and violin at primary school and later attended Swanshurst School for girls.

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Laura Mvula was Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, founded by Black Voices and Lichfield Festival in 2009.

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Laura Mvula has previously directed the Alvechurch Community Choir in Alvechurch.

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In 2008 Laura Mvula graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition.

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Laura Mvula worked as a supply music teacher, and later as a receptionist for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, when she began to write songs.

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Laura Mvula's sketches caught the attention of composer Steve Brown, and his manager, Kwame Kwaten, who became Mvula's manager.

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Laura Mvula released her debut extended play, She, on 16 November 2012.

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Laura Mvula worked on the album with producer Steve Brown and mix engineer Tom Elmhirst.

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In July 2015, Laura Mvula performed with fifty musicians of the Metropole Orkest at the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the biggest indoor jazz festivals in the world.

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In January 2016, Laura Mvula released "Overcome", a collaboration with Nile Rodgers, and the lead single from her forthcoming second studio album, The Dreaming Room.

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Laura Mvula composed the music for the 2017 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Antony and Cleopatra, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in March and later transferred to the Barbican Centre in November.

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Laura Mvula's "Sing to the Moon" was performed at the 2019 BBC Last Night of The Proms.

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In February 2021, Laura Mvula announced the pending release of new music and a livestream concert on February 24,2021, titled "Under a Pink Moon".

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Laura Mvula stated her influences include Nina Simone, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Des'ree, Omar, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, and Diana Ross.

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