Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

born on 23/8/1989 in London, England, United Kingdom

Lianne La Havas

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Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas (born 23 August 1989 as Lianne Charlotte Barnes[1][2]) is an English folk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.[3] Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.

Early life

La Havas was born in London, England to a Greek father and Jamaican mother.[4] She was raised in Tooting and Streatham, spending the majority of her time with her grandparents following her parents' separation as a child.[5] La Havas began singing at seven and cites her parents' diverse musical tastes as having the biggest influence on her music.[6] Her mother played with Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige, and her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of guitar and piano. Lianne wrote her first song at the age of 11, but did not learn to play the guitar until she was 18 years old. Lianne attended Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls in Croydon, where she studied art A-level, and planned to take an art foundation course; however, she left college to pursue a career in music full-time.[5] Although born Lianne Barnes, her stage name is an adaptation derived from her Greek father, Henry Vlahavas's, surname.[7]

Music career

While attending sixth-form in Croydon, a friend of La Havas', singer and songwriter Allan Rose, (who attended the Brit School) introduced her to other musicians who assisted La Havas in the recording of her first demos.[5] Through that same friend, La Havas was also introduced to British singer, Paloma Faith; she later sang backing vocals on tour for Faith. La Havas was co-writer and performer in 'The Paris Parade' alongside Christian Pinchbeck (who designed the artwork for Lost & Found) and also is now part of the duo 'Elephant' (Memphis Industries). They had a short career but it began La Havas' career in commercial music.[8] In 2010, Lianne signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting skills before releasing music publicly.[9][10]

Her first EP Lost & Found was released on 21 October 2011 on the Labour of Love label[11] and featured Willy Mason on the opening track, "No Room For Doubt".[12] That same month, La Havas released a live EP, Live From LA, which was made available for free download on her website.[13][14] La Havas made her television debut on 21 October 2011, broadcast of BBC Twos Later with Jools Holland, a programme that also featured Wisconsin folk band Bon Iver.[15] Following her appearance on Later with Jools Holland, it was announced on 25 October 2011 that La Havas would be the supporting act for Bon Iver's December 2011 North American tour.[16] Her official debut single, "Lost & Found" was released in the UK on 30 April 2012,[17] and her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? was released on 9 July 2012 in the UK on Warner Brothers.[9] On 24 September 2012, September La Havas supported Alicia Keys at MTV 'Crashes' Manchester; the performance was live to 1,000 people in Manchester Cathedral and was broadcast in 164 countries.

At the end of 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? was named iTunes Album of the Year.

On 31 December 2012, she appeared on BBC Two's New Year's Eve show Jools' Annual Hootenanny singing Cow Cow Boogie.

On 9 June 2013, La Havas played at the RockNess music festival in Inverness, Scotland.[18]

On 30 June 2013, La Havas performed at the Glastonbury Festival 2013.[19]

Instruments and equipment

La Havas plays a hollow-bodied 1964 Harmony Alden Stratotone. On stage with her band, it is put through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp while for solo gigs she uses a SansAmp DI'd. A Roland CUBE amp is used for practice.[20]


Studio Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Is Your Love Big Enough? 4 27 66 96 30 21 3 32 142
  • UK: Silver[30]
"" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country.

Extended plays

Title EP details
Lost & Found
  • Released: 7 November 2011
  • Label: Warner, Labour of Love
  • Formats: CD,[31] 10" vinyl,[32] digital download
Live in L.A.
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Warner, Labour of Love
  • Formats: Free digital download
  • Released: 13 February 2012
  • Label: Warner, Labour of Love
  • Formats: CD,[33] 10" vinyl,[34] digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
2011 "No Room for Doubt" (featuring Willy Mason) 67 21 Is Your Love Big Enough?
"Forget" 142
2012 "Lost & Found" 126
"Is Your Love Big Enough?" 103 17 28
"Age" 43 96
"" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Other appearances

Title Year Notes
"Little Talks"[36] 2012 Cover version recorded for the BBC Radio 1 show Live Lounge

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2011 BBC Sound of... Sound of 2012[3] Lianne La Havas Nominated
2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize[37] Is Your Love Big Enough? Nominated
iTunes Best of 2012 Album of the Year[38] Is Your Love Big Enough? Won
2013 MOBO Awards[39][40] Best Female Act Lianne La Havas Nominated
Best R&B/Soul Act Lianne La Havas Nominated

Concert tours

  • Is Your Love Big Enough? Tour (201213)


  1. Lianne La Havas always in good company- Toronto Sun
  2. Lester, Paul, Paloma Faith (No 532), The Guardian, 2009-04-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sound of 2012 Lianne La Havas. BBC (2011-11-22). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  4. Lianne La Havas on Facebook, retrieved October 30, 2011. Lewis, Tim, "One to Watch: Lianne La Havas"; The Observer, Saturday, October 29, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jasmine Gardner (2012-04-12). Sound of the summer: Lianne Le Havas Music Arts Evening Standard. Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  6. Nonesuch to Release English Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Lianne La Havass Debut Album in US This Summer; First LA Show May 22 | Nonesuch Records. (2012-04-03). Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  8. Ligature Magazine, retrieved October 17. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lianne La Havas: A Lot Has Happened In My Life | First On | DIY. Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  10. 3 UK Female Singers to Look Out For. (2011-06-22). Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  11. Lost and Found: Lianne La Havas. (2009-09-09). Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  12. Ligature Magazine.
  13. FreEP: Lianne La Havas Live In L.A « Alt-Urban Specialists. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  14. Peter Vidani (2011-10-08). Lady. Bang. Beat. Lady. Bang. Beat.. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  15. BBC BBC Two Programmes Later... with Jools Holland, Series 39, Episode 5. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  16. De Souza, Kris, "Lianne La Havas confirmed for Bon Iver's December US tour"; Thefourohfive, October 25, 2011 (retrieved October 27, 2011)
  17. Lianne La Havas' Sold Out Scala Show To Be Streamed Live. (2012-03-06). Retrieved on 2012-06-15.
  18. Lynn, Kirstin. RockNess 2013: Lianne La Havas raises the bar in supreme soul diva set. STV. Retrieved on 3 July 2013.
  19. Lachno, James, Glastonbury 2013, Day Three review: other stages: Bobby Womack, Lianne Le Havas, Sir Bruce Forsyth, 1 July 2013. URL accessed on 3 July 2013.
  20. Guitar Girl'd: 'Is Your Love Big Enough' for Lianne La Havas?. NewBay Media, LLC (2012-09-08). Retrieved on 2013-01-20.
  21. 2012-07-21 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive. Official Charts Company. Official UK Charts Company.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Lianne La Havas Belgium (Flanders) Charts. Hung Medien.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Lianne La Havas Belgium (Wallonia) Charts. Hung Medien.
  24. Discographie Lianne La Havas (French). Hung Medien. Retrieved on 5 November 2012.
  25. Album Lianne La Havas, Is Your Love Big Enough?. Media Control. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  26. IRMA Irish Charts. IRMA.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Lianne La Havas Dutch Charts. Hung Medien.
  28. Swiss Charts > Lianne La Havas. Hung Medien. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  29. US Billboards. Billboards.
  30. Certified Awards Search. British Phonographic Industry (2013-01-11). Retrieved on 2013-01-17.
  31. Lianne La Havas Lost & Found EP (CD) at Juno Records. Juno (2012-07-07).
  32. Lianne La Havas Lost & Found EP (10") at Juno Records. Juno (2012-07-07).
  33. Lianne La Havas Forget (CD) at Juno Records. Juno (2012-07-07).
  34. Lianne La Havas Lost & Found EP (10") at Juno Records. Juno (2012-07-07).
  35. Official Charts Analysis: Newton Faulkner needs just 16k sales to hit No.1. Music Week (Subscription Required) (16 July 2012). Retrieved on 18 July 2012.
  36. Lianne La Havas Live Lounge. BBC (2012-09-21). Retrieved on 2012-09-22.
  37. Jonze, Tim, Mercury Prize 2012 Nominations, The Guardian, 2012-09-12. URL accessed on 2012-09-14.
  38. Lianne La Havas, Emeli Sande, amongst iTunes Best of 2012. Music Week (2012-12-14). Retrieved on 2012-12-18.
  39. Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Jessie Ware & more nominated for MOBO Awards 2013. (04/09/2013). Retrieved on 04/09/2013.
  40. Winners 2013 MOBO Awards. Retrieved on 2013-12-12.

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