Laura Mvula at Union Transfer
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“Brilliantly fierce and fiercely brilliant” – The Evening Standard
“Striking and heartfelt with shades of Nina Simone-style jazz but also hints of avant- garde modern classical. The songs were terrific” – The Times
Since catapulting into the limelight with her universally adored debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’, Laura Mvula today announces the release of her new single ‘Phenomenal Woman’. The sec- ond single from her new album, ‘The Dreaming Room’ which will be released on 17th June through RCA Victor (Sony), was premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Annie’s Mac’s Hottest Record last night.
New single and spikier album track, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ is a the remarkable 1970’s style gospel funk anthem. Inspired by a poem of the same name by the remarkable Maya Angelou, Laura says, “I wrote this anthem to raise up our women. We are the givers of life, we are the chil- dren bearers, the nurturers, the heroines, we are extraordinary in our ordinariness, we fly, we fight we are ‘Phenomenal Woman’.”
‘The Dreaming Room’ is an expansion on what was already a captivating sound. The heavenly layers of voices, the unexpected complex diversions and the celestial grandeur are still all there but with the addition of buzzy analogue synths and electric guitar lines. This is Laura in a new found light – still reflecting her distinctive signature sound but showing the progression of an artist who has come into her own.
As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura has previously been nominated for the Mercury Prize, BBC Sound poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act) and winning an incred- ible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul). Having caught the attention of her musical heroes Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Prince whilst performing at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, Laura has gone on to travel the world, selling out shows captivating crowds and was even crowned “Queen of the Prom” and given a five star review from the Evening Standard for her Proms 2014 Late Night performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Laura will be also be kicking off her regional UK tour in Leeds on the 14th May 2016 and will be heading back to Worthy Farm this year following her Glastonbury debut back in 2013. She will return to play the Pyramid Stage on Sunday 26th June.
Laura has taken personal misery and turned it into musical magic. The result may come as a surprise to many, but the final product is a true testament to her musical talents. Now critically acclaimed, Laura has broken the boundaries of music once again.
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