Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Playlist

Back in the day, when I used to upload my Friday Playlists using Grooveshark, I'd browse through hundreds of songs a week looking to expand my own music catalogue. In the process, I found some great artists that I've continued to be excited about. Laura Mvula is one such artist. From the time I heard Green Garden, I knew I'd love her music. If you haven't heard of her, she is a British soul-singer and (lucky you!) you cab get her debut album, Sing to the Moon right here.

In doing my research on her, I discovered that she has been singing professionally for about 10 years (and I am sure she was signing long before that) with various groups. In 2005, she was with Black Voices, an a cappella group started by her aunt. In 2008, she formed her won jazz/neo-soul group called Judyshouse. She wrote and sang for the band. She also directed a choir founded by Black Voices. In 2012, she started sending out demos and found a manager as a result. He debut album was released to critical acclaim in 2013 and she's won several awards over the last two years. In 2014, she released an orchestral version of Sing to the Moon.

She says her influences include Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. I totally see why I like her so much. I can't wait to hear more from her. Until then, the songs on today's playlist will have to do. You can check out her VEVO channel for some behind the scenes footage as well. Enjoy! Happy Friday!!


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