Laura Mvula Returns To North America For Headlining Tour Dates

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

British singer/songwriter Laura Mvula released her debut album Sing to the Moon in March, and she will return to the United States for a handful of live performances in September. I hadn’t heard Mvula before this press release hit my inbox, but I had a chance to check out some of the songs off the album and was very impressed. Mvula has an incredible voice and her material has some soul, pop, and gospel influences but doesn’t quite fall completely into any of these genres. Check out three videos from Sing to the Moon below as well as the full list of tour dates.

(New York, NY; Columbia Records; June 11, 2013) – Immensely talented UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula will return to North America for a string of headlining dates in September. After selling out New York’s Bowery Ballroom in May, she will kick off the run with a pair of dates in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, before heading off to Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and ending at LA’s El Rey Theatre. Tickets for all dates will go on sale this Friday, June 14.

Mvula’s performances both live and on her debut Sing To The Moon have met with amazing critical praise both in the US and at home in the UK. The New York Times said of her Bowery Ballroom performance “more akin to the recent wave of female singer-songwriters – Tune-Yards, Julianna Barwick, even Joanna Newsom-who shape whole, complex, tightly orchestrated musical worlds around their words… her songs here were full of tactile multipart harmonies and arrangements that allowed each instrument to breathe,” while Vogue called their Artist of the Week’s performance “a wall of sound that ensconces the audience in Mvula’s unique brand of soul/rock/gospel.”

Sing To The Moon has been widely praised, from the Wall Street Journal’s assessment as “quietly yet forcefully brilliant… smart, sophisticated contemporary pop infused with a sense of bliss,” to People’s 4-star review that promises “with her enchanting, lushly arranged potion of neo-soul, orchestral pop and torchy jazz-plus a lovely lilt perhaps owing to her Caribbean roots-she’s the most likely to keep you spellbound,” to Pitchfork’s description of “a triumph of arrangement and melody… combine[s] earworm hooks with beautiful, uniquely shaped verses… Mvula’s debut is filled with visceral and musical beauty.” Essence Magazine also selected Laura as One To Watch in 2013, and said that “[Mvula boasts] a velvet voice coupled with richly textured harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements,” and Entertainment Weekly included Mvula on their Must List, describing her as “[The Brits’] next great homegrown soulstress.” NPR has also been a huge early supporter, with All Things Considered raving that “it sounds like practically nothing else out there. It’s not exactly pop or soul or jazz; it’s all those things, yet it transcends those things… a debut that’s ambitiously distinct and confident.”

At home in the UK, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and Metro all gave Sing To The Moon 4 stars and the Independent on Sunday gave the album 5 stars, and the Sunday Times selected it as their Album of the Week. She was also nominated for the 2013 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and ranked fourth on the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sound of 2013. Mvula made her UK TV debut on The Graham Norton Show, where she performed the lively track “Green Garden,” and has also performed on Later… With Jools Holland andAlan Carr: Chatty Man. She recently completed a tour with Jessie Ware and will perform this summer on Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage.

“She” video:

“Green Garden” video:

“That’s Alright” video:

Sing To The Moon on iTunes:

Sing To The Moon on Amazon:


“Laura Mvula makes a stunning entrance on her debut album… The songs on

Sing to the Moon chart boldly idiosyncratic paths.” -LA Times

“Laura Mvula swings soul in a fresh direction.” -NY Daily News

“There’s not a moment here that doesn’t captivate.” -San Francisco Chronicle

“Laura Mvula is a commanding presence… Mvula grafts a potent, naturally dramatic sense of soul – the centerpiece to a perfect debut effort.” -Philadelphia Enquirer


Laura Mvula North American Headlining Tour

9/4 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

9/5 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge

9/7 Toronto, ON Mod Club

9/9 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live

9/13 Chicago, IL Martyrs

9/15 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s Lounge

9/17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey

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