*NEW* Artist of the Week: LIANNE LA HAVAS

The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.

ARTIST/GROUP: Lianne La Havas
BIRTH NAME: Lianne Charlotte Barnes

AGE: 23
ORIGEN: London, England

GENRE: Folk and Soul
LABEL: Warner Bros. Records
WEBSITE: http://www.liannelahavas.com/

FANBASE
TWITTER: 48,262 followers | https://twitter.com/liannelahavas
YOUTUBE: 5,447,073 video views | http://www.youtube.com/user/liannelahavas
FACEBOOK: 99,951 likes | http://www.facebook.com/LianneLaHavas?ref=ts&fref=ts
SOUNDCLOUD: 58,582 followers | https://soundcloud.com/liannelahavas
LAST.FM: 1,162,709 scrobbles | http://www.last.fm/music/Lianne+La+Havas

WHY LIANNE LA HAVAS?

I discovered Lianne La Havas in one of my classes here at Berklee Valencia–International Music Business Seminar. Professor Graham Ball presented several artists to the class for us to propose and assume their success rate based on selected videos. Here’s the video he showed us:

This performance launched La Havas into stardom. She had already signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2010, and she had already released two EP’s “Lost & Found” and “Forget.” Therefore, after her debut on Later… with Jools Holland (an influential British music show) in October 2011, her career began to climb with astounding turn outs at her proceeding shows that were previously booked for showcasing her EP’s and promoting her anticipated album release.

I’ll be honest. At first, I wasn’t really paying attention in class because my phone was distracting me. However, the mere sound of Lianne La Havas’ voice immediately captured my attention with exquisite tone and intriguing lyrics.

La Havas was raised with Jazz and R&B influences from her Greek father and Jamaican mother who favored artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blidge. Erykah Badu is one of her all time favorite artists. Interestingly, La Havas was studying art in college. She did not intend on making a career out of music until a friend from The BRIT School invited her to accompany them at a gig. There, she was introduced to Paloma Faith, and she eventually quit art school to pursue a music career. Then, she toured as a background singer for Faith, performed with other bands, put her music up on MySpace, and eventually found a management team that led her to producer Brit Matt Hales (Aqualung) who co-wrote several of her songs and produced her album Is Your Love Big Enough?.

Here are my favorite songs from her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?:

Lianne La Havas “Forget”:

Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough”:

Lianne La Havas “Gone”:

According to the Billboard charts, La Havas’ album ranked #23 for Adult R&B Airplay, #7 for Folk Albums, #1 for Heatseekers Albums, and #4 in the U.K. She recently began her tour in the UK, and she’ll be touring in the USA as well in March and April! I’m bummed that I won’t be able to see her live on April 13th in Atlanta, but hopefully she’ll return again with an even bigger fanbase and more tunes!

Check out her Interview with I Like It A Lot discussing her collaboration with Willy Mason and how she plans to incorporate her visual art talents with her albums:

Here she talks about her encounter with Prince and acquired fan Stevie Wonder!

Lianne La Havas has definitely gained me as a fan. Every time I hear her voice, I am captivated by its mesmerizing tone and quality. Even before I was familiar with her tunes, her melodies attracted my interest like magnets, pressing me to repetitively ask my friends who they were listening to. Each time, they answered: Lianne La Havas. I have never been so excited to buy someone’s album. I am certain her album sales are going to skyrocket once she’s completed her tour, and I’ll be able to say amongst my friends “I bought her album months ago!” Stay tuned!

Prayre Finley

Sources:

“Artists: Lianne La Havas.” BillboardBiz. Billboard. Web. 27 Feb 2013. http://www.billboard.com/artist/307149/lianne-la-havas

“Lianne La Havas (Bio).” Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records. Web. 27 Feb 2013. http://press.wbr.com/liannelahavas

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