Spotlight on Lianne La HavasJuly 14, 2012 2 Comments
Spotlight on Lianne La Havas
The Topflash of Flashmag this month is a rising star of the contemporary black music.
Lianne La Havaswas born on August 23rd, 1989 in London, England she’s an English folk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist she plays with cunning simplicity guitar and piano.
La Havaswas born to a Greek father and a Jamaican mother. She was raised in Tooting and Streatham, in south west London, spending the majority of her time with her grandparents, following her parents' separation as a child.
La Havas cites her parents diverse musical tastes as having the biggest influence on her music. She began singing at seven. Her mother played Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige, while her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of guitar and piano. Lianne wrote her first song at the age of 11, but did not commit fully herself to play the guitar until she was 18 years old. At the same period, Lianne began attending Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls in Croydon, where she studied art and planned to take her A-Levels in art foundation. However, she will be taken back by the muse of music; she then left college and decided to pursue a career in music full-time.
While attending sixth-form in Croydon, a friend of La Havas', singer and songwriter Allan Rose, (who attended the Brit School) introduced her to other musicians who assisted La Havas in the recording of her first demos. Through that same friend, La Havas was also introduced to British singer, Paloma Faith; she later sang backing vocals on tour for Faith.
La Havas was co-writer and performer in 'The Paris Parade' alongside Christian Pinchbeck (who designed the artwork for Lost & Found) and also is now part of the duo 'Elephant' (Memphis Industries). They had a short career but it began La Havas' career in commercial music.
In 2010, Lianne signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting skills before releasing music publicly. "My boyfriend told me to say, “If anyone asks, you're single? laughs.” the new soul sensation Lianne La Havas admit "It's just that if you're going to be in the public eye, you want people to think you're available. So I'm single!"
She continues stating: "It's really important that my lyrics are truthful," says La Havas. "It's hard for me to make up a story and to be able to put the necessary emotion into the performance. It doesn't make me happy if I can't hear myself in it. It's like I'm lying; I feel bad."
Her first EP Lost & Found was released on 21 October 2011 on the Labour of Love label and featured Willy Mason on the opening track, "No Room For Doubt". That same month, La Havas released a live EP, Live From LA, which was made available for free download on her website.La Havas made her television debut on 21 October 2011, broadcast of BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland, a program that also featured Wisconsin folk band Bon Iver. Following her appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, it was announced on October 25, 2011 that La Havas would be the supporting act for Bon Iver's December 2011 North American tour.
Afterwards Pending must her time between London and Los Angeles since late 2011 she one of the most Promising talent coming from the crown she had been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012.
Her official debut single, "Lost & Found" was released in the UK on April 30th, 2012. Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough is out since July 9th, 2012 in the UK on Warner Brothers
Video "Lost & Found"