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.
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.
Laura Mvula - Brit-Nominee Laura Mvula pictured last night (19Feb15) at London's Soho Screening Rooms, as she launches her unique broadcast event coming to cinema screens for one night only on March 5th. at Soho Screening Rooms - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th February 2015
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.
Continue reading: Is Laura Mvula The Winner of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?
With David Bowie, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and Laura Marling this year could be truly hard to call.
This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize could be one of the greatest lists of nominees in the awards history. 2013's nominees shortlist includes talent old and new, rock, pop, and dance with one thing to unite them all: they represent a selection of Britain and Ireland's strongest mainstream albums released during the last 12 months.
Bowie Looking A Favourite To Win.
It would be almost too easy to say that David Bowie will win: the 66 year-old made a triumphant and unexpected return this year with the critically lauded The Next Day which was recorded in secret over two years. He's also the bookies favourite along with Arctic Monkeys at the moment, with odds that are unlikely to change. Last time Bowie was nominated was in 2002 when he suffered defeat to pop star Ms. Dynamite but this time round there's been such a lot of press surrounding Bowie's come-back that he's been hard to ignore.
Date of birth
23rd April, 1986