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Laura Mvula

(1986-), Singer and musician

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Birmingham-born Laura Mvula is a soul singer-songwriter who graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. In 2013, she signed a multi-album record deal with Sony, and her debut album Sing To The Moon was released in 2013, reaching number nine in the UK albums chart. Guardian critic Paul Lester coined her music as 'gospeldelia'. She won awards for Best Female Act and Best R&B or Soul Artist at the 2013 MOBO Awards. She received the 2017 Ivor Novello Award for her second album, The Dreaming Room (2016). She lists her influences as Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott. In 2017, the Royal Shakespeare Company invited her to compose the music for their new production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Mvula has spoken publicly about her struggle with anxiety and filmed the documentary Generation Anxiety for the BBC in 2017.

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Laura Mvula, by Simon Frederick - NPG P2040

Laura Mvula

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG P2040

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