Laura Mvula (née Douglas; born 23 April 1986) is a British recording artist, songwriter and composer. A native of Birmingham, Mvula has gained experience as a young member or leader of a cappella, jazz/neo-soul, and gospel groups and choirs. She was classically trained. In 2012, she signed with RCA Records and released an extended play, She, to critical acclaim. Laura Mvula Mvula at Glastonbury Festival in 2013 Mvula at Glastonbury Festival in 2013 Background information Birth name Laura Douglas Born 23 April 1986 (age 35) Birmingham, England Genres R&B soul jazz Occupation(s) Singer songwriter composer record producer Years active 2012–present Labels Atlantic RCA Sony UK Website lauramvula.com Mvula released her debut studio album, Sing to the Moon (2013), to favorable reviews, and earning two MOBO awards and a Mercury Prize nomination. In 2014, an orchestral re-recording of the album with the Metropole Orkest was released. Her second album, The Dreaming Room (2016), was also received with critical acclaim, and won the Ivor Novello award and garnered a Mercury Prize nomination. Mvula then wrote the music for the 2017 theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra by the Royal Shakespeare Company. While working on her third album, she released the 1/f EP in February 2021. In 2018, Mvula received an honorary doctorate of music from her alma mater, Birmingham City University.
April 23, 1986