Laura Izibor is an Irish R&B/Soul singer who came to fame when her single “Shine” was used as the lead track for the Nanny Diaries movie. Her music has been described somehow to the likes of Alicia Keys, Jill Scott and Lauren Hill. She is currently signed to Atlantic Records in the US and is set to release her full length debut album titled “Shine” in May in the UK.

I highly recommend Laura Izibor’s music especially the song “Shine” if you’re in need of a happy, fulfilling yet inspiring song to fill your dark moments. It’s absolutely enjoyable and worthy of recognition. Here are sample of her song “Shine”. Watch out for the review sometime in February 2009.

She has recently been featured in an article by the magazine “Rolling Stones” as one of the Artists to Watch this year.

Here is an excerpt:

“Rolling Stone, Artist To Watch”

“The foundation begins with soul,” explains 20-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the powerful, honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure. For Laura Izibor, it’s got to be real.

Born to a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Izibor admits she didn’t grow up in a musical household. “My mother raised five kids on her own, so there wasn’t much time to buy records – it wasn’t that kind of home. I found myself fancying music at about 13.” Once the love for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Candi Stanton, and Roberta Flack took hold, she was smitten for good. “One door opened to the next – first I discovered Marvin Gaye, and then Otis Redding, and I just fell in love with soul music.”

At the age of 15, Izibor won a prestigious national performance competition, the “2FM Song Contest.” At 17, she started work on her debut album, taking the time to really hone her songs. Let The Truth Be Told was recorded over the course of four years in a diverse range of cities: New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dublin among them. Laura also performed live constantly during this period, finding her true home onstage. Having performed several sold-out shows in Ireland, and opened for acts including James Brown, Angie Stone, and The Roots, she’s earned the affectionate moniker “The Soul of Ireland” from the folks back home.

Laura Izibor – Shine

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