Music Mondays: Lianne La Havas


Newcomer Lianne La Havas has been busy building up a steady fan base that even includes Prince and Stevie Wonder. She's already a hit back in the U.K., but with a slew of recent U.S. shows and her first album, Is Your Love Big Enough? set to drop stateside tomorrow, this soul/folk/jazz musician is prime to transform into an international phenomenon. Lianne's soul-stirring single, "Lost & Found" is based on a past, almost one-sided relationship. The black and white video is just as stripped down as the track, allowing Lianne to show off her powerful yet tender voice.

Born in London to a Greek father and Jamaican mother, Lianne was actually primarily raised by her grandmother after her parents got divorced. The singer/songwriter credits her multicultural background with helping inspire her musical sensibilities. Her dad played a variety of instruments and often listened to jazz, while her mom favored soulful R&B acts like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Lianne started singing at age seven, but she didn't perform in public until several years later as a member of her school choir. Despite a growing fondness for the piano (she also picked up the guitar at age 18) and writing songs, this rising star actually had her sights set on a career as an art teacher. It wasn't until she connected with some musically-inclined friends from The BRIT School that her career path shifted fully to music. She went on to provide backup vocals for Paloma Faith, and eventually landed her own development deal with Warner Bros. Records. What really shot Lianne into the public consciousness, though, was her masterful performance back in October 2011 on the popular British show, Later� with Jools Holland. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon was also performing that night and the young singer made such an impression that he invited her on the band's North American tour. We absolutely love Lianne's ability to turn her life stories into beautiful, innovative music and her reportedly still-intact sense of modesty.

Check out Lianne's moving video for "Lost & Found" below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL’s YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.



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