When a new singer is billed as “classically trained” it generally means they can play the
piano. Mvula – whose music sounds like Amy Winehouse and David Axelrod
a> reworking a score by Gershwin – graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. The 26-year-old is a unique collision of her Caribbean background and formal music training: “My parents encouraged us to commit to things,” she says, “so if we wanted to learn an instrument, it was all the grades and all the theory.”
That’s an excerpt of the interview with Laura Mvula the Guardian ran this weekend. (You can read the whole feature here)
They also named her in their New Band of The Day series in the same week this video dropped, where Laura renders an equally stirring, though less dramatic, version of She‘(no choir, just piano).
Stanning much? Of course! And there’s more. I got hold of this (slightly shaky) footage of what was happening on set while filming the video for She in Montagu, South Africa.
Buy Laura Mvula’s debut EP here.