Laura Mvula (born Laura Douglas, 23.04.1987) Laura Mvula is an English soul singer.
Childhood: Laura Mvula was born in Birmingham and grew up in the Selly Park and Kings Heath suburbs. Her early musical influences include the band Eternal. She attended the Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with a degree in musical composition. She used to be a supply teacher at a secondary school and was working as a receptionist when she started sending out demos.
Musical career: Laura Mvula used to sing in her aunt's a cappella group 'Black Voices'. In 2008, she formed a group called Judyshouse which she fronted and wrote songs for. In 2009, Black Voices and the Lichfield Festival founded the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir which Laura is a director of. She also directs the Alvechurch Community Choir. After signing with Sony's RCA records, she released her debut EP 'She' in 2012. That year she was also nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll and came fourth place. She released her debut album 'Sing to the Moon' in 2013 with the first single 'Green Garden' charting across Europe. Her first TV performance took place on 'The Graham Norton Show' in 2013.
Personal life: Laura Mvula is married to Zambian-born singer Themba Mvula.
Tinie Tempah, Craig David and Laura Mvula are set to perform at this year's MOBO Awards, and both Tinie and Craig will go head to head to receive Best Male and Best Song accolades.
The three musicians, alongside Clean Bandit - who will be gracing the stage to perform for the first time - and Chase & Status are among artists who will be playing at the annual awards ceremony, which will take place on November 4 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 'Seven Days' musician - who will go head to head for the title of Best Male and Best Song alongside 'Frisky' hitmaker - is excited to be returning to the star studded music bash after he performed there in 2000.
Fresh off his Mercury Prize victory, Skepta is nominated for four MOBO Awards, with Kano and Laura Mvula getting four nods each.
The recent ascendency of grime to the British mainstream has once again been confirmed with the nominations for the 2016 Mobo Awards, with Kano and recent Mercury Prize winner Skepta both receiving multiple nominations.
Skepta, whose album Konnichiwa scooped the prestigious Mercury Prize last week, edging out records by the heavily-favoured David Bowie and Radiohead, is nominated for three awards, including Best Male, Best Album and Best Grime Act.
Skepta following his Mercury Prize victory in September 2016
Laura Mvula attends the launch of The Time Portal by Stella Artois. Immediately after the experience Laura was spotted at the lively Ruby's Bar, sipping on a Stella Artois and enjoying custom Victorian-inspired canapes. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th July 2016
Laura Mvula performs a stunning rendition of her chart hit 'Green Garden' live with the 50 plus members of the Metropole Orkest at The Paradiso in Amsterdam in November 2014. The filmed footage was shot as part of a full concert film, which will be played at the Pilton Palais Cinema Marquee at Glastonbury Festival.
The two films will feature on the cinema screen at Glastonbury later this month.
While Glastonbury 2015 will provide us all with endless live entertainment on the various stages, there are some shows that are just worth re-visiting, and thus, immortalising in film. Laura Mvula and Keane are among them, and they'll have their very own European concerts screened at the cinema tent later this month.
Laura Mvula's Amsterdam performance to screen at Glastonbury
It's a busy five days what with all the musical talent and other stuff going on around the site, but one of the top areas to visit this year is the Pilton Palais Cinema Marquee. As well as showing some classic movies like 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'Bladerunner', through the week there'll be newer stuff on like 'The Theory Of Everything', 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' and 'Whiplash'. But also, with it being a music festival and all, this will be your chance to see some more live music action.
Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire bring life to New Orleans Jazz Festival 2014.
It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North America with their annual two-weekend event, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Festival has expanded to two long weekends since its inaugural year in 1970, meaning that more people than ever can get the chance to enjoy the fine music culture of Louisiana. The Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson appeared at the first event alongside renowned orchestral composer Duke Ellington, and from then on the festival has gone from strength to strength and has never once lost the spirit that has made it so loved.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have gone home without any individual BAFTAs at last night's British Academy Film Awards but the Hollywood power couple have been two of the most talked-about attendees since the glittering ceremony. The actors turned up at the event in the matching attire of tuxedos and black ties and Angelina served as her fiance's touch-up stylist, tweaking his bowtie on the red carpet.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Rocked Up In Matching Suits At The BAFTAs.
Whilst Brad kept his look polished and smart, Angelina opted to dress her look down with an open-necked shirt, loose silk tie and tousled hair. The Tomb Raider actress' choice to ditch a party frock in favour of a Saint Laurent blazer turned heads at the awards and made her the ceremony's style icon.
Singer Laura Mvula was spotted in a breathtakingly gorgeous green glittery gown on the red carpet at the 10th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
We're tipping Arctic Monkeys for a second Mercury Music Prize, but the bookies are sticking with Laura Mvula's 'Sing to the Moon.'
Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.
Laura Mvula Is The Favourite For the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
For weeks, Disclosure's Settle has been the bookmakers' favorite to win the Barclaycard sponsored prize and £20,000 prize money, though on Wednesday Mvula's impressive record - a fusion of jazz, pop and even orchestral elements- was cut to just 4/6 with most bookies. Paddy Power are still holding strong with even money odds, but there's been an undeniable shift in who the bookmakers believe will win the Mercury Music Prize, presented by Lauren Laverne tonight.
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Date of birth
23rd April, 1986
.Dear Mr @kirkfranklin, please can we one day write a song together? #ifyoudontask
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.the sun's out 👍🏾Much better mood ☺️
.3 weeks til US Tour 🇺🇸
.just wrote some wedding music ☺️
RT @MarinaDiamandis: The truth is the BRIT Awards is a CORPORATE award ceremony. Representing diversity is not a priority. Money is the pri…
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.lots of folks disappointed that I expressed disappointment 🙃.Not validation I seek, just not to be constantly slept on is all🙏🏿 #BRITs2017
RT @kobionyame: No. Just no. Please don't ever doubt yourself. Your music is truth! Keep shining! https://t.co/UkDrWbpBwl
RT @questionmia: @lauramvula you make transcendent music. The kind that sets your soul on fire. Breathes beauty into your pain. Acknowledge…
RT @johnnie_cakes: @lauramvula please don't let this dull your light. Your albums are incredible, and we need your voice out there.
RT @Jackpot73: @lauramvula Your music by turns breaks me & makes me feel like I could take on the world. Whatever I need & whatever my mood…
RT @Chief_Boyzin: This is breaking my heart. It's crazy that someone who's one of the greatest composers of all time can doubt herself like…
RT @blawrence155: I'm genuinely saddened to hear @lauramvula has no #BRITs2017 Nomination!?! Am I missing something??? #lauramvula #artistr…