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Lianne La Havas - Artist To Watch August 2012

London's new soul sensation is twenty-two year old, songstress, Lianne La Havas. She has an absolutely gorgeous and original voice, and an album of stellar songs, blending soul, jazz and folk


This month’s WXPN Artist to Watch is twenty-two year old songstress Lianne LaHavas. The London-born singer-writer has been singing and playing keyboard since age seven, but did not learn to play guitar until she was eighteen. La Havas’ voice has a smooth, rich quality like Beyonce, but her songs have more of an understated, alternative folk feel. The soulful young singer started singing back-up for English singer Paloma Faith on tour while attending college in England. La Havas was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2010 and left college to pursue her music career full-time. She has since put out three EPs and her first full-length album, recorded in Brooklyn and L.A.Is Your Love Big Enough?, is due to release in the U.S. on August 7. She's been nominated for BBC's Sound of 2012, along with another XPN favorite, Michaeal Kiwanuka and her performance of "Age" on the cult video site Black Cab Sessions created a nice buzz online." Bon Iver asked her to tour with him, after hearing her on the influential British music show Later...with Jools Holland. Lianne opened for Bon Iver on the band’s 2011 North American tour and is now touring the European festival circuit.

Download: "Is Your Love Big Enough?"

Facebook: facebook.com/LianneLaHavas
Website: LianneLaHavas.com
Twitter: @liannelahavas
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/liannelahavas

Recent Release: Is Your Love Big Enough?
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Label: Nonesuch
Band Origin: U.K.

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