The Audio Diva Interview: Laura Izibor

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recently, I, the Audio Diva chatted with the lovely Miss Laura Izibor. The Irish soul stunner has graced this blog before, as I reviewed her stellar debut, Let The Truth Be Told, back in May. I, of course, took no mercy that she is a bonafide singing star and I asked her the ultimate tough questions. You know, mostly chatting about her debut, her musical influences, why Shia Labeouf is awesome and what she misses about being away from home. She of course was happy to answer my "tough" questions. Behold the very first Audio Diva interview with the classy, humble and immensely soulful, Miss Laura Izibor.

Hi, Miss Izibor, this is Jennifer aka the Audio Diva from Adventures of an Audio Diva blog, how are you today?
I am good. I'm in the Atlantic Records studio now, in New York, getting ready for touring in Japan with John Legend.

Nice! Well, to get started...Your debut album, Let The Truth Be Told, is just great, and one of the best of 2009, how did you go about writing the songs for the album?
Well, I wanted to take a different approach with the music, as it is the first time out. I was signed at 17 and most of the songs I had written for my album were already done. At 15-17, the first chunk of my album was written and at 17-19 the other chunk was written. Mostly my album is a collection of songs from those years.

Where do the ideas for songs come from?
Mostly true to my own experiences and what usually comes out whenever I'm writing. Lots of different feelings, and that sort of thing.

What is your favorite song from your debut, and why?
I like all of my debut, but "Don't Stay" is one I never get tired of. People can relate to it the most out of the other songs, as its about conflicting emotions in a relationship.

Your songs have been featured in a number of movies, TV shows and even cereal ads. Was it weird the first time you heard your songs?
Oh, yes! I first heard one of my songs in a movie theater with my manager. It was very strange to hear the song in a public place. But it was really cool to create a vibe onscreen with the actors with my song, and that was just amazing.

How did you get started as a professional singer? Did you consider having a career other than in music?
No, music was a first choice. I started at 13 in music class when the teacher asked me to sing in front of the class, from there it just took off. Piano lessons, writing at around 14 and 15 just followed.

I used to play piano, centuries ago, and I quit because of my mean teacher. What made you stick with it?
The piano became a form of myself and I wanted to keep progressing with that feeling. It just sort of happened that I enjoyed it and wanted to stay motivated and keep playing it.

What artists or albums have influenced your musical style?
I love Carole King's Tapestry album. And I enjoy Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Jay-Z. Lots of hip-hop with modern twists, where you can hear old and new come together for a unique sound. I like that.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
Oh, Lupe. Lupe Fiasco is great. And Maxwell, it was incredible touring with him and watching this amazing performer live. Yes, those two.

I saw you perform and amazing version of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love" during a webcast of a performance the Kennedy Center recently. Do you perform any other covers live?
Usually it's a surprise when I do a cover as most people in the audience just scream at me to "Play this one!" and I'll just do it. I like to surprise people with my picks mostly.

When you are touring, what are some things you miss from back home in Ireland?
I miss my piano, my piano is in the front room of my home. Miss my bed, and my mom and family. It seems the more I tour, the less space I get in between when I do get to see my family.

What is next on your list of things-to-do?
Touring with John [Legend]. I have a heap of festivals coming up, and then a quick tour in the UK and then back to Japan again. Then I have some studio time to knock down...I'm a very busy girl. [laughs]

I read that they are calling you the "The Soul of Ireland", how do you feel about that title?
It feels cool to be called that, but I don't feel I own it, I'm among other Irish artists, even European artists, all of who are great and deserve the recognition, so it feels that I don't own the title. Still its nice.

Okay, random fun questions!

What was the last movie you saw?
Eagle Eye. With Shia LaBeouf. Oh, I like him, he's great, hilarious too. I think he should have his own show or something. He's going to be an Oscar winner one of these days, he's just a really good actor.

What TV shows are you into right now?
Breaking Bad! Wonderful show. And I also love Sex & The City. Can't wait for the second movie.

If you could pick any song that describes you or speaks to you on a personal level, what is it? (The catch is, it can't be one of your songs!)
Oh....let me see, that's tough. "I'll Be Around" by The Spinners. Classic soul is always the best and its better to have a classic song represent you than a top 10 ringtone at the moment. [laughs]

Well, thank you so much Miss Izibor for your time, and I wish you all the best with your musical endeavors!
Thank you and take care, good luck with your schooling!

More about Laura Izibor
Let The Truth Be Told, 2009


  1. Wow! What a fabulous interview! I've always thought that Laura was a great talent but I've never felt the urge to check out her album - until now. Well done X


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