Sing to the Moon

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Sing to the Moon
Studio album by Laura Mvula
Released 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre
Length 49:36
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve Brown
Singles from Sing to the Moon
  1. "She"
    Released: 29 October 2012 (2012-10-29)
  2. "Green Garden"
    Released: 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22)
  3. "That's Alright"
    Released: 28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)

Sing to the Moon is the debut studio album by English recording artist Laura Mvula. It was released on 1 March 2013 by RCA Victor. The album includes the singles "She" and "Green Garden". The album debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 18,954 copies.[1] It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize.

On 11 August 2014, Laura released an orchestral version of the entire album 'Sing to the Moon' which she recorded at Abbey Road Studios accompanied by the Metropole Orkest.[2]

Inspiration[edit]

Sing to the Moon (the inspiration behind the song): In 2013, Laura revealed during an interview for Blues and Soul magazine with the assistant editor Pete Lewis [3] that the inspiration behind her song Sing to the Moon came from a biography of the American jazz singer Adelaide Hall titled Underneath a Harlem Moon: The Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall (written by Iain Cameron Williams).[4]

Quote: Laura: “Well, the actual song Sing to the Moon came from a time when I was reading a book called 'Underneath a Harlem Moon', which is a biography of a jazz singer called Adelaide Hall, which is basically all about how she kind of was overlooked, or probably didn’t get the recognition she perhaps deserved. Plus it also talks about how she’d had a hard time growing up because her sister - who she was very close to - had died tragically of an illness... So anyway, there’s a point in the story where she describes her close relationship with her father… which I think kind of resonated with me, where she talks about the conversations she had with him and how he used to say to her randomly ‘Sing to the moon and the stars will shine’. Which kind of became her thing really that she just took with her everywhere. … And I don’t know why, but for some reason it just struck some kind of chord with me - you know, it was just something I seemed to connect with at that time. And so because of that, it then became a saying that I liked to use myself. So yeah, because it’s become something I personally like to express, I just thought Sing to the Moon would also make a good title for the album as a whole.”

History[edit]

Singles[edit]

Several of the album's singles were released before the album came out in March 2013. "She" was released as the lead single from the album on 29 October 2012. It was released both as a standalone single and as part of the She EP which contained three other songs ("Like the Morning Dew", "Can't Live with the World" and "Jump Right Out"). "She" was re-released on 16 August 2013 as an EP containing a new "2013 Edit" of the song and five other remixes.

"Green Garden" was released as the second single from the album on 22 February 2013. The song peaked at number thirty-one on the UK Singles Chart. It has also charted in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands. "That's Alright" was released as the third single in March 2013.

Release[edit]

Sing to the Moon was released on 1 March 2013 by RCA Victor. The album debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 18,954 copies.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
The Independent 5/5 stars[8]
NME 5/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10[10]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]

The album met with a largely positive reception, receiving a perfect score from The Independent, and 3.5/5 from Rolling Stone. Allmusic stated the album is "rooted in decades-old forms of gospel, jazz, R&B, and, most deeply, orchestral pop. Almost all of the material is as serious and as refined as it is majestic, with vocal showcases and hushed-belted-hushed-belted dynamics galore."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Like the Morning Dew"   Laura Mvula, Steve Brown Brown 3:40
2. "Make Me Lovely"   Mvula Brown 4:38
3. "Green Garden"   Mvula Brown 4:09
4. "Can't Live with the World"   Mvula, Brown Brown 6:05
5. "Is There Anybody out There?"   Mvula, Brown Brown 5:11
6. "Father, Father"   Mvula, Brown Brown 4:42
7. "That's Alright"   Mvula Brown 3:34
8. "She"   Mvula, Brown Brown 3:25
9. "I Don't Know What the Weather Will Be"   Mvula, Brown Brown 3:30
10. "Sing to the Moon"   Mvula, Brown Brown 4:07
11. "Flying without You"   Mvula, Brown Brown 3:21
12. "Diamonds"   Mvula, Brown Brown 3:14
Total length:
49:36

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Ireland[31] 1 March 2013 CD, digital download RCA Victor
United Kingdom[32] 4 March 2013
Denmark[33] Sony Music
Australia[34] 15 March 2013
Germany[35] 5 April 2013
United States 16 April 2013 Digital download[36] Columbia Records
14 May 2013 CD[37]
France[38] 3 June 2013 CD, digital download Sony Music
Japan[39] 5 June 2013

Orchestral Version[edit]

Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios [40]
Studio album
Released June 23, 2014 (digital download)
August 11, 2014 (CD)
August 18, 2014 (LP)
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
Genre
Label RCA
Producer Metropole Orchestra

In March 2014, Mvula re-recorded an orchestral version of her debut album Sing to the Moon in collaboration with all 52 members of the Metropole Orchestra. Conducted by Jules Buckley, the orchestral version of Sing to the Moon was recorded over two days and saw its release on 23 June 2014 as a high quality download via Bowers & Wilkins' Society of Sound.[41] The album is currently available for pre-order and will be released to the public on 11 August 2014.[42][43]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Make Me Lovely"   5:51
2. "Like the Morning Dew"   3:38
3. "Can't Live with the World"   5:38
4. "Sing to the Moon"   4:23
5. "Is There Anybody out There?"   5:16
6. "Flying Without You"   3:49
7. "She"   4:05
8. "Father, Father"   6:19
9. "I Don't Know What the Weather Will Be"   3:55
10. "Green Garden"   4:12
11. "Diamonds"   3:31
12. "That's Alright"   3:26

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