Lianne La Havas
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The soul-funk sensation is releasing her self-titled album in July 2020
Born and raised in south London, Lianne La Havas – her formal name is Lianne Charlotte Barnes – enjoyed a melting pot of influences. Lianne took her artist name from her Greek father Henry Vlahavas, an accomplished instrumentalist, whilst her Jamaican mother Lorraine Barnes often listened to music by the likes of Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige.
Surrounded by jazz, reggae, R&B and urban pop throughout her youth, Lianne shaped her unique indie soul-folk sound.
Beginning her music career with the band Paris Parade alongside Christian Pinchbeck (now part of the duo Elephant), it wasn’t long before she struck out on her own path.
Lianne released the solo EP Lost & Found, featuring a duet with Willy Mason on the track No Room For Doubt, in 2011. Later that year she toured as support for Bon Iver, and began to attract serious attention.
2012 turned out to be a stellar year for Lianne. Not only did she release her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, but she was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and named in BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll. She made a memorable performance on Jools Holland’s show and opened for Alicia Keys at the MTV Crashes Manchester event – both of which gained her praise and widespread exposure.
Lianne released her second album Blood in 2015. Inspired by her heritage as well as a trip to her family’s home in Jamaica, it was a bolder and more mature collection which included the popular songs Unstoppable and What You Won’t Do.
Her third album, the self-titled Lianne La Havas, arrives on 17 July 2020. Earlier this year, Lianne joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley at London's Barbican Hall to perform Bittersweet, one of its featured tracks. In May 2020, she also unveiled the stunning single Paper Thin and Can't Fight from the forthcoming album.
In advance of its arrival, Lianne has also announced a one-off solo live show to be live streamed across five time zones. Called Lianne La Havas – Live From The Roundhouse, London, the event takes place on Wednesday 15 July 2020 and includes new material from Lianne La Havas as well as popular songs from her first two records.
The album Lianne La Havas is available for purchase here.
Lianne La Havas was born in 1989.
Lianne La Havas is based in London where she was born.
Lianne doesn't like to be confined to a specific genre. Her music draws from all sorts of influences including soul, R&B, hip hop, pop, reggae, jazz, folk and much more.
In addition to her parents, Lianne has been inspired by the music of artists ranging from Nina Simone to Lauryn Hill.
Lianne was one of Prince's protégées. She caught the legendary musician's attention in 2012 when he saw her during an internet live stream performance. Shortly after, Lianne began providing vocals and recording music at his Minnesota studio. In 2014, Prince commandeered space in Lianne's London flat to play a gig for a handful of people. Later that year, she appeared with him as a guest star during his special eight-minute set on Saturday Night Live.
Lianne's biggest hits include the following:
- What You Don't Do
- Green & Gold
- No Room For Doubt
- Lost & Found
In celebration of her forthcoming album, she will be doing a special live stream performance on 15 July 2020. It's called Lianne La Havas – Live From The Roundhouse, London. Tickets are required to view the show which will start at 20:00 (BST) and end at 21:00 (BST). The live stream performance will be available in four other time zones (Europe, The Americas, Australia/New Zealand and the Far East/Japan/Korea) as well.