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Lianne La Havas: A Young Voice With Old Soul

The Mercury Prize-nominated soul singer and guitarist performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lianne La Havas in the Soundcheck studio (Mike Katzif/WNYC)

A year ago, Lianne La Havas had just put out her debut EP following a songwriting stint in New York City. Now, the 23-year-old British soul singer has fans like Prince and Stevie Wonder and a Mercury Prize-nominated album, Is Your Love Big Enough? 

La Havas recently joined us in the studio to talk about her musical influences -- including Ella Fitzgerald's "Cow Cow Boogie" -- about the "older man" referenced in one of her songs, and about taking phone calls from Prince in dark alleys.

La Havas also performed a stripped-down set of songs off her critically-acclaimed album.

Set List: 

  • "Age"
  • "Forget" 
  • "No Room for Doubt" 


Lianne La Havas

Comments [1]

Geoff from Yonkers

Hey John,
Thanks for presenting this wonderful, original artist. She has an amazingly developed vocal and guitar technique, and without the least bit of self consciousness. It is great, with the popular music bar set so low, that Ms La Havas is receiving both critical acclaim and popular recognition.

Sep. 25 2012 11:01 PM

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