Born in 1986, Laura grew up in the suburbs of Birmingham, where she was raised by her mother (who was from Saint Kitts) and father (who was from Jamaica). Introduced to jazz by her father, Laura began taking piano lessons at age eight and violin lessons at age ten. Growing up she also played in local youth orchestras and, influenced by her love of Disney films, aspired to be a film composer.
In her teens, Laura began listening to R&B and gospel music, and eventually joined her aunt’s a cappella ensemble, Black Voices. After high school, she enrolled at the Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University, where she graduated with a degree in composition. She then worked as a supply teacher in the Birmingham school system and as a receptionist, during which time she also began writing songs on her laptop. Her demos eventually caught the ear of manager Kwame Kwaten, who helped Laura sign a recording contract at RCA.
Her debut EP, “She “followed in September 2012. The EP quickly grabbed the public’s attention and by October. Mvula had been long-listed for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, ultimately finishing in fourth place. In 2013 she released her debut LP “Sing to the Moon”. The album met positive reviews, peaking at number 9 on the UK charts and launching several singers including “Green Garden” the Top 40 single. “Sing to the Moon” also gained Laura a mercury prize nomination and Best female act and Best R&B/Soul artist in the MOBO Awards.