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Laura Mvula: 'I've had a journey of surprises'

15 February 2013 Last updated at 08:38 GMT

A music graduate from Birmingham has been describing how she went from being a receptionist to a Brit Award-nominated singer.

Laura Mvula, a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a former member of the junior City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), has just released her debut album.

Alexandra Tompkinson, from the CBSO, said everyone there was "really, really" proud of Laura's achievements.

Laura said that over the past few months she had "been on a journey of surprises".