Lianne La Havas has no shortage of fans, from President Obama to Prince. Another devotee is NPR‘s Suraya Mohomed, who says, “The first time I saw La Havas live, I was unprepared for the experience: Her music touched my heart in a way I’d never experienced before. I cried through the entire performance. Her music was that powerful, with lyrics woven together with beautiful harmonies; it pulled emotions out of me I didn’t even know existed.” Mohomed produced La Havas’ recent Tiny Desk Concert, a three-song affair featuring intimate performances of two songs from new album Blood as well as “Forget,” from her 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? Watch the whole thing here, and prepare to be blown away.
In July, La Havas sat down with the BBC to discuss how much things have changed for her since her first album. One big change transpired when she took a recent trip to Jamaica to mine musical inspiration. “I learned a new perspective,” she says, “and I applied that to the album.” The entire interview, which can be viewed below, is notable for conveying the singer’s significant personal charm.