Laura Izibor - Don't Stay in May
NEW SINGLE: DON’T STAY – 11TH MAY 2009
“Upbeat, infectious and joyful” – Pride
“Modern classic” - Elle
Officially nu-soul’s hottest prospect for 2009 – Irish singer/songwriter and producer Laura Izibor releases - ‘Don’t Stay’, her stunning new single via Atlantic Records on May 11th. The piano-led track tipped earlier this year by Observer Music Monthly as “one of the most impassioned soul performances you will hear all year”, is the second to be lifted from her highly anticipated debut album, LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD - May 18th.
Born into a working class family in Dublin and raised by her Irish mother (her father is Nigerian), Laura Izibor’s love affair with soul music started pre-teens. By age 15, Laura had won her first competition for the “2FM Song Contest” in Ireland and by the time she was 17, the recording process for her debut album had started.
Drawing stylistic comparisons to seminal soul singers like Candi Staton, Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD anchors itself firmly in classic RnB, combing a reverence for the traditions of vintage soul with a thoroughly refreshing twist of modern sensibility, layered with Laura’s honey-tinged vocals. Written and co-produced by Laura herself, LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD is a fitting display of a formidable talent at work.
Izibor is already a star in her home in Ireland – Hot Press recently declared her “undoubtedly one of the greatest voices Ireland has ever produced, a brilliant soul singer, an exceptional performer and a fine songwriter”. High praise continues on both sides of the Atlantic with US music bible Rolling Stone tipping her as one of the hottest artists to watch this year.
The process of bringing her Truth to light has had a long gestation period, taking her around the world and back. She’s poised and ready for her moment. “Life is good. Music is amazing. It’s just a great, unusual thing to be doing what I love, and I’m genuinely grateful. I come from a working class family, so my bothers and sisters and my mother worked so many jobs their whole life, just trying to provide for us. That’s why I’m extremely humbled and grateful to be able to do something that is not only what I love, but pretty unbelievable.”