Classically trained Birmingham native Laura Mvula
(pronounced Mmm-vula) started writing songs on her laptop while working as a supply teacher in a secondary school. She released her debut EP She
in November 2012, which garnered much praise from the critics. One reviewer, for instance, described her sound as "like hearing Nina Simone sings The Beach Boys," while another made up a new genre in honor of her soulful vocals and ornate soundscapes - gospeldelia.