AFTER her mesmerising performances during the UK festival season, including Glastonbury, Izzy Bizu will be launching herself into the music spotlight once again when she releases her debut album ‘A Moment of Madness’ on September 2. Quays News entertainment reporter Rachel Foy was fortunate enough to get her hands on an pre-release copy…

The British breakthrough star is only 22-years-old and yet has already sold out two UK tours; she sang the Euro 2016 BBC song – ‘La Foule’, where a representative from the broadcaster described her as “the perfect sound to the summer championship”.

Earlier this year she was also nominated for The BRITs Critics’ Choice award which was won by Jack Garratt.

Her debut album – ‘A Moment of Madness’ features ‘White Tiger‘ her first single, in addition to other tracks which focus heavily on the relationships and experiences she has endured throughout her life.

The 13-track album displays that Bizu wears her heart and emotions well and truly on her sleeve, evidenced particularly poignantly in ‘Lost Paradise’ and ‘Trees and Fire’.

What the vocalist is particularly good at is creating a blend of emotions and sounds across the record.

Give Me Love‘ has a tempo and rhythm that perfectly captures that summer feeling whilst also lyrically linking to the theme of love.

When she spoke to, she described ‘White Tiger’ as being about resting on her laurels and meeting somebody that lets her be free and to ignore the conventions in life.

White Tiger’ is also the liveliest song on the album and shows how her life has been brightened by certain events.

The success with her EP released in 2013 led her to tour with big names in the industry, such as Sam Smith, Foxes and Rudimental.

Amazingly, Bizu also appeared on The Jools Holland’s show and performed live with Mark Ronson, at the Amy Winehouse foundation event.

Her musical talent was discovered at high school and she would take part in impromptu jam sessions with music teachers.

There is a real sense that the rawness back then is still equally as prevalent in this debut album.

She grew up in South West London with her family whilst listening to her mother’s choice of music including Marvin Gaye, Lionel Ritchie and Billy Holiday.

It is evident that her parent’s music tastes continue to influence her music, especially ‘Naïve Soul’ and ‘Glorious’ which distinctly mimic the sound of Gaye, Holiday and Ritchie.

Her music is in keeping with her own cultural tapestry of musicality, developed during her younger years, and she is now channelling her very own ‘Amy Winehouse’ sound.

A sound that very few female artists possess within the modern music industry, she sings with a mixture of nostalgic funk and soulful elements that create an ‘indie’ spirit throughout her album.

By Rachel Foy

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