Lianne La Havas

- BBC - Sound of - 2012


The year's most promising new artists

Lianne La Havas

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22 year-old Lianne La Havas has been making music since she was handed a keyboard by her multi-instrumentalist father at the tender age of 7. The South Londoner picked up guitar from her dad too and wrote her first song at 11, adding influence from the likes of Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill along the way.

By the end of her teens Lianne was providing backing vocals for artists such as Paloma Faith, but it was only when she stepped forward with her own material for online sessions for Black Cab Sessions and French website La Blogothèque that La Havas first became noticed.

Trips to New York to work with Aqualung's Matt Hales, and debut EP Lost & Found followed, but it was an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland in October that shot the young-singer's into the spotlight and won La Havas the offer of a prestigious support slot on tour with fellow Later... guest Bon Iver.

Articles and Features

Fader interview

Read the full article 20/10/11

"The 22-year-old Londoner is currently a relative unknown-her first proper single has only just been released-but her songs will soon be beamed into millions of homes courtesy of musician-cum-TV host Jools Holland..."

Observer - One To Watch

Read the full article 30/10/11

"The London soul sensation lionised by Justin Vernon and Gary Barlow on the personal nature of her songs and the relief of finding a sense of identity..."


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