Streatham singer song writer nominated for Mercury Prize
The début album of a Streatham singer songwriter has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize 2012 'Album Of The Year' award.
Lianne La Havas' album 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' which was released in July, is among twelve entries shortlisted for the prize.
The 23-year-old soul performer's nominations was announced at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden on September 12.
She will find out whether she won at an awards ceremony on November 1, at The Roundhouse in Camden.
Lianne, who spent her youth jamming with members of the Croydon Brit School, was heralded as 'one to watch for 2012.'
Born to a Greek father and a Jamaican mother, La Havas grew up near St Leonard’s Church in Tooting Bec Gardens, spending the majority of her time with her grandparents after her parents' separated.
The Lost and Found singer said when she gets time to re-visit the area in between her busy touring schedule she feels like she’s "home again".
Lianne has had a packed summer of festival gigs across Europe, including Bestival on the Isle of Wight, where her idol Stevie Wonder headlined.
Speaking to the Streatham Guardian in May, she said: "Just the prospect of being at the same festival as Stevie is wonderful.
"I probably wouldn’t be able to handle speaking to him, but I would like to tell him he is amazing and that he has inspired many people, including my family."
Lianne is currently on her UK and Ireland Tour, her next performance in London is on October 12 at the O2, Shepherds Bush Empire.