The 27-year-old, who studied classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, sets herself apart from the post-Winehouse glut of British nouveau soul singers with her ability to deftly hopscotch between jazz, soul, classical and even bluegrass, creating something complex yet cohesive and at times ethereal — like the soaring overture of an Elia Kazan film. These skills and sensibilities have taken Mvula from directing community choirs in her native Birmingham to being nominated for a prestigious BRIT award earlier this year, weeks before her debut record, Sing to the Moon (which came out in the U.K. in March and the U.S. in May) was even released. Trained as a classical musician, she acknowledges a debt to her time singing in church and community choirs. Via Papermag and Rfienglish.

 

The beautiful Laura Mvula is definitely one to watch, with over a million views on Vevo/youtube for her video Green Garden. Check out some her music videos below: