Interview: Laura Izibor -- talks 'The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I' live studio EP
The young soul singer Laura Izibor is back with her latest musical creation titled The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I. Recorded live in the studio without touch ups, the talent allows her raw vocals to leak into her listeners ears as she takes you down the avenue of her musical inspiration. The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I follows the release of her 2008 debut album, 'Let The Truth Be Told' and allowed her to tour with John Legend, Maxwell, India.Arie, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, James Brown, Angie Stone, and Atlantic labelmate Estelle. We caught up with the songstress recently and asked her a few questions to give a bit of insight to her new project.
Your tone is extremely unique and your sound has a heavy jazz influence at first listen; do you feel you have a signature sound? If so, was it intentional or something you stumbled upon and found to be a great fit?
I suppose my distinction is my voice really, and no it was not my intention. Lots and lots of live gigs, and just growing really is what has helped my sound in every sense of the word come into its own.
You debuted in the U.S. in 2008 with your album "Let The Truth Be Told" and received critical acclaim for your authentic R&B sound; four years later, how do you feel about the material you've compiled for "The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I"?
I feel good about it.. It’s a live studio EP, which you very rarely hear. It felt so freeing going in with my band and saying, “OK, press record."
After spending so much time on the road, what were the recording sessions like for "The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I"? Did you listen to any artists for inspiration in preparation for this project?
The recordings are very authentic… bit of a reggae vibe meets 60's. I didn't listen to anyone in particular.
With the present state of music - R&B as a genre, particularly - what do you hope your music will bring to the scene?
I hope my music brings originality and individuality. So much of what I hear is so recycled I can't tell who's who. Not all of it, but a lot!
How much different from "Let The Truth Be Told" will "The Brooklyn Sessions Volume I" be - its production, lyrical content, vocal arrangement?
Well “Let The Truth Be Told” was produced.. this EP is very much well engineered, but it is a LIVE record so what you hear is what you get--imperfections and all.
How do you discover new music and new talent?
I love to type in someone I love, like Nina Simone, on itunes and then I keep scrolling and scrolling to see what the other listeners also bought. Also just word of mouth! My friends put me onto new stuff.
In terms of music.. what is success to you?
Success in music to me is even one person saying that a song or a lyric moved something in them… to give them hope or make them feel they are not alone. It is really such a gift from God to experience.