One of the most beautiful and unique new voices we’ve heard this year belongs to UK based singer-songwriter Laura Mvula. Her debut album, Sing To The Moon, was released this week. You can stream the album in its entirety here. Like Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, Mvula has a striking and exotic voice. She blends soul, jazz and pop music in magical ways. For Mvula, it’s not just about her engaging voice, it’s about her unparalleled musical vision. Stephen Thompson, writing about the album for NPR Music has this to say:
Classically trained and only 26, Mvula writes songs that sound like the whole world at once, making Sing to the Moon — out digitally Tuesday, with a physical release to follow on May 14 — an auspicious debut in a year full of them. Equally adept at radiating joy (“Like the Morning Dew”), articulating a socially conscious mission statement (“That’s Alright”), and singing sweet ballads (the harp-infused “Can’t Live With the World”), Mvula radiates the worldly confidence of a singer twice her age.
Mvula was scheduled to play at World Cafe Live next week, however her show was cancelled. She’ll be back in town to play the WXPN Non-Comm in May, which will be broadcast live. More details soon on the live broadcast.