Aidin Vaziri | With lavish endorsements from soul greats Prince and Stevie Wonder, a former backup singer from south London named Lianne La Havas is having an unforgettable year. Considering the heartbroken tunes on the 23-year-old songwriter’s debut album, “Is Your Love Big Enough?,” it’s well deserved. The record, which was made with Aqualung’s Matt Hales, was recently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in her native Britain.
Lianne La Havas
Q: There’s a lot of emotional turmoil on your album. Is your real love life as interesting as these songs make it sound?
A: All the songs on the album that discuss my love life are completely autobiographical, and I had hoped only to express a true account of my feelings through my songwriting. Therefore, I am glad it comes across as interesting.
Q: Stevie Wonder left you a voice mail singing your song “Is Your Love Big Enough?” and you got to hang out with Prince at his Paisley Park home. What is the most surreal thing that has happened to you this year?
A: It was a great honor and extremely emotional to meet two living legends that have been idols for a long time. The other surreal thing that I’ve seen happening is the sheer fact that people started coming to my shows of their own accord and they know all my lyrics and songs and sing along with me in countries and towns that I don’t live. It always takes my breath away when I see the many corners that the music has traveled.