When Lianne La Havas
performed at North Sea Jazz for the first time three years ago, she was still a diamond in the rough; her first album had yet to appear. Since that time a great many things have happened in the career of the young British singer-songwriter. With her debut Is Your Love Big Enough?
(2012) La Havas was immediately nominated for a Mercury Prize. She also sang on the latest album of Prince, who is a fan, and can boast sold-out venues all over the world. Born in London to a Greek father and Jamaican mother her voice is sweet but can really tear you apart with a heart-rending sound. Her songs are playful, interesting and intelligent and in live performances she has real stage presence. If you wish to truly experience the power and fragility of La Havas’s voice, you should listen to the duet Warm Foothills
that she recorded with Alt-J front man Joe Newman. Sung like an angel and guaranteed to move you.