Introducing... Izzy Bizu

Izzy Bizu

Twenty-one-year-old Izzy Bizu hasn't even noticed the fact that everyone's talking about her.

"Well, I don't have a TV and my internet is cut," she laughs, sitting in a plush room at her record label's HQ.

"But it is nice to know that people like the music."

Since winning an open mic night in February 2013, Izzy has released her first EP and supported Sam Smith on tour.

And the influences of her youth are clearly reflected in the music: a fusion of soul and jazz with a touch of pop.

"I actually used to listen to Craig David and I had a really big crush on Gareth Gates," she laughs.

"Then I really liked Lionel Richie at one point, because my mum used to listen to him, then there was Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday that my mum used to play."

Then when Izzy went off to boarding school, she took the tunes with her so she wouldn't miss her parents so much.

And it was there that her love of performing music really took off.

"The guy that actually ran the boarding school also played piano," she recalls. "So after school we would play music, he would play the piano and teach me Killing Me Softly and all those cool tunes."

But the expense of boarding school meant she had to leave; she ended up back in London at a theatre school where she excelled in singing.

Then she started listening to Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, along with her friends.

But it was an open mic night for ILuvLive in Camden where Izzy was spotted.

Izzy Bizu

She won the competition after covering Summertime and also met one of her cousins for the first time - who went on to manage her.

Naughty Boy was also in the audience and he remembers her performance.

"I was in the crowd and I loved it," he tells Newsbeat.

"She was amazing, it was like one of those Emeli (Sande) moments when she performed. I was like, 'Who is this girl. Why haven't I heard of her?' not in an arrogant way just like, 'This is amazing.'

"I would love to work with her."

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