Laura Mvula's Elvis act

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 November 2013
Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

Soul singer Laura Mvula was part of an Elvis Presley tribute act when she was 17 years old

Laura Mvula was once in an Elvis Presley tribute band.

The 27-year-old soul singer has always had a varied taste in music and was keen to try anything.

She said: "At one point I was in an Elvis tribute band.

"It's true: at 17 I was fully dressed in white, with my hair extensions, being one of The Sweet Inspirations."

Laura got her first taste of a professional career in her aunt's a cappella choir Black Voices and though she was terrified of going on stage, it was a great experience.

She told Mojo Magazine: "This is a group that toured all over the world and took me with them, even when I had zero confidence.

"I was given the alto part, which was the lead on quite a lot of things. I wasn't comfortable and I made it obvious.

"I was sweating monster on stage, shaking in my shoes."

The shaved-headed star is on the cusp of Stateside stardom and is happy to feel "overwhelmed" by her experiences as she thinks that helps her creatively.

She said: "I'm allowing myself to feel completely overwhelmed and almost inadequate in order to produce whatever needs to come next."

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