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About Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas, formally Lianne Barnes, was born in 1989 and raised in London, England. Coming from a combination of Greek and Jamaican backgrounds, she cites her parents’ diverse musical passions as her biggest influences, with her mother having played alongside Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige and her father being an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Having learnt her craft from her family, Lianne La Havas is now known for her own alternative blend of funk and soul. As a singer-songwriter, she started out her career with a brief stint in the group Paris Parade alongside Christian Pinchbeck, latterly of Elephant, before breaking out on her own. Signing with Warner Bros record label in 2010, she worked on perfecting her music for nearly two years before releasing any publicly.
In October 2011, Lianne released her first solo EP, Lost and Found, a four-track record featuring a duet with legendary musician Willy Mason on the song No Room For Doubt. Shortly after the EP's release, she went on tour with Bon Iver as their support act, gaining a collection of new fans and attracting media interest. The following year, she received nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and from the BBC for their Sound of 2012 award. Later that same year, she released her debut full-length studio album, Is Your Love Big Enough? in the UK and USA, winning her the accolade of iTunes Album of the Year. In September 2012, she opened for Alicia Keys at the MTV Crashes Manchester event, a show that was televised across their channels in 164 countries.
Lianne La Havas made a huge breakthrough with her Top 5 debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ which sold 200,000 copies and won Album of the Year at iTunes as well as Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Best Album nominations. Now the 25-year-old London-based singer-songwriter will release her eagerly anticipated new album ‘Blood’ in July.
‘Blood’ is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall / reggae producer Stephen McGregor.