“I was sort of singing in secret, because I was shy about it. I felt like I was exposing myself, in a weird way. I’d hear my parents coming upstairs and I’d feel like I’d done something bad,” 22-year-old upstart soul singer Lianne La Havas tells the Evening Standard.

Since bursting on the scene, the London native has been described as “a soulful Beyonce,” but her haunting voice and adept songwriting put her in a category of her own.

La Havas, the product of a German father and Jamaican mother, was recently nominated for BBC’s sound of 2012 poll and has been dazzling audiences across the UK since dropping her first EP Lost & Found last October. La Havas seamlessly blends folk and soul, using her lithe voice to confidently move between genres, singing of love, longing, and life in ways that touch the deepest parts of our soul.

La Havas credits her father’s influence on her music, and lists Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and India Arie as idols. But it’s one man—Prince—who La Havas adores. And it seems the feeling is mutual.

After hearing her music, Prince called La Havas and the two have already met in his hometown of Minneapolis.  With a possible collaboration with The Artist in the works, it looks like Lianne La Havas will be around for a while sharing her gift with the world.

Check out some of my favorite Lianne La Havas songs. Have you gotten into her music? 

*Lianne La Havas’ debut album, Lost and Found, will be released April 30.

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