British soul singer/songwriter Laura Mvula recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Mvula discussed what she enjoys most about performing live in the United States, her debut album, Sing ToThe Moon, and her recent nomination for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Mvula's set featured tracks from Sing To The Moon, including "She," "Diamonds" and "Father, Father."
"It's such an overwhelming feeling," said Mvula on being shortlisted for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which honors the top British and Irish album of the year. "The Mercury Prize is something that means a lot to so many artists. I feel very honored. When I was seeing my name next to David Bowie's in so much of the UK press — that's something quite extraordinary."
A Birmingham, England, native and a composition graduate of the famed Birmingham Conservatoire, Mvula's ability to combine orchestral soul with smooth harmonies has drawn comparisons to artists such as Björk, George Gershwin and Nina Simone. After signing with RCA Records, Mvula released her debut four-track EP, She, in 2012. She was nominated subsequently for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, finishing in fourth place.
Released in March, Sing To The Moon peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The album features 12 tracks co-written by Mvula, including "Diamonds," "Father" and "Green Garden." Sing To The Moon was recently shortlisted as a nominee for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The winner will be announced on Oct. 30.
Mvula is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through November.
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