Mabel (singer)

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Mabel in September 2018
Mabel Alabama-Pearl McVey

(1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 24)
Málaga, Spain
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Parent(s)Cameron McVey
Neneh Cherry
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
WebsiteOfficial website

Mabel Alabama-Pearl McVey (born 19 February 1996) is a Spanish-born British singer and songwriter. In 2017, she had her breakthrough with "Finders Keepers", peaking at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. Her debut studio album, High Expectations, was released in August 2019 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number three. It spawned the UK top-10 singles "Don't Call Me Up" and "Mad Love". Mabel has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Premios 40 Principales for Best International New Artist in 2019 and the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Mabel Alabama-Pearl McVey[4] was born in Málaga[5] on 19 February 1996.[6] She is the daughter of Swedish singer Neneh Cherry and English record producer Cameron McVey.[7] Her grandfather is American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry,[8][9] and her half-brother is the former Mattafix singer Marlon Roudette,[10][11] Growing up, she spent time in Spain and Sweden, and after finishing secondary school in Sweden, she moved to London in order to pursue her music career.[12]


Mabel's career began in 2015 with her debut single, "Know Me Better".[13] In May 2017, she released "Finders Keepers" featuring British rapper Kojo Funds, which reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.[14] Later in 2017, she released her debut extended play Bedroom, as well as a mixtape, Ivy to Roses. Mabel then opened for English singer Harry Styles during the European part of the second leg of a tour in the support of his debut studio album.[15] After her tour with Styles, she embarked on her own headline tour through the United Kingdom and Europe.[16] In 2018, she was featured on "Ring Ring" alongside American rapper Rich the Kid and British DJ Jax Jones. Mabel then re-released her mixtape Ivy to Roses with a new cover art, and included songs that had been released since the initial release. Later that year, she co-wrote "Blind", a song for British girl group Four of Diamonds.[17][18]

In January 2019, Mabel was nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the 39th Brit Awards[19] and released "Don't Call Me Up", which debuted at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. The song peaked at number three, becoming her highest-charting single to date.[20] On 7 June 2019, she released "Mad Love", the second single from her debut studio album, High Expectations. The song debuted at number 18 in the UK, later peaking at number 8.[20] From 2019 to 2020, Mabel will embark on the High Expectations Tour across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.[21]

In 2020, Mabel featured in a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of the Foo Fighters song "Times Like These" as part of the Live Lounge Allstars. This was organised in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[22][23][24][25]


Concert tours[edit]


  • These Are the Best Times Tour (2018)
  • The Mad Love Tour (2019)
  • High Expectations Tour (2020)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[A] Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2019 Herself Best British Singer Nominated [27]
BreakTudo Awards 2019 Herself International New Artist Nominated [28]
Brit Awards 2019 Herself British Breakthrough Act Nominated [29]
2020 Herself British Female Solo Artist Won [30]
Best New Artist Nominated
"Don't Call Me Up" Song of the Year Nominated
Global Awards 2018 Herself Rising Star Won [31]
Best RnB, Hip Hop or Grime Nominated
Grammis 2018 Herself Best Newcomer Nominated [32]
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 Herself Best International New Artist Won [33]
"Don't Call Me Up" Best International Video Nominated
MOBO Awards 2017 Herself Best Female Nominated [34]
Best Newcomer Nominated
MTV Brand New 2018 Herself Special Award Won [35]
MTV Europe Music Awards 2019 Herself Best Push Act Nominated [36]
Best New Act Nominated
Best UK & Ireland Act Nominated
MTV Video Play Awards[37][38][39][40] 2019 "Don't Call Me Up" Winning Video Won [41]
Musikförläggarnas Pris 2019 Best Song Nominated [42]
Herself Best Composer Nominated
Best International Success Nominated
NRJ Music Awards 2019 International Breakthrough of the Year Nominated [43]
P3 Guld 2020 "Don't Call Me Up" Song of the Year Nominated [44]
Silver Clef Award 2019 Herself Best Newcomer Won [45]
Urban Music Awards 2018 Herself Best Female Act Nominated [46]
"My Lover" (with Not3s) Best Music Video Nominated
2020 Herself Best Female Act Nominated [47]
Artist of the Year (UK) Nominated
"Don't Call Me Up" Best Music Video Won


  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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  2. ^ "Aesthetic: Mabel". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "One to Watch: Mabel, R&B Singer". The Guardian. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "She wore Lycra over her pregnant tummy in 1988; she has her kids to". The Independent. 8 December 1996. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Mabel". Mabel Official Website. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ Mabel [@Mabel] (20 February 2019). "23. Getting older is weird but so much easier when ur friends give u mermaid cakes and Bratz dolls. Thank you for all ur birthday wishes yesterday. Feeling so grateful for all the love xx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Mabel's Mum Neneh Cherry Is The Singer Behind This Absolute '80s Bop". Bustle. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Who's That Girl?". Vogue. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  9. ^ Snapes, Laura (7 May 2017). "One to watch: Mabel". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  10. ^ "People Have Only Just Realised Mabel's Brother Is This Famous Singer". Capital. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Why Mabel McVey is making her own way in the music world". Evening Standard. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Mabel McVey, the multicultural artist who suceeds [sic] brilliantly in the UK". Wanacorp. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Listen To Mabel's Tender, Truth-Telling Debut Single, Know Me Better". The FADER.
  14. ^ Smith, Thomas (23 November 2017). "Mabel breaks down her breakout chart hit 'Finders Keepers'". NME.
  15. ^ "Harry Styles. on Twitter". Retrieved 25 March 2018 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Aubrey, Elizabeth (25 June 2018). "Mabel announces massive UK tour". NME. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Four Of Diamonds Premieres New Music Video for "Blind"". pm studio world wide news (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Four of Diamonds release infectious new single 'Blind'". CelebMix. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  19. ^ "2018 Critics' Choice shortlist announced". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Mabel | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Mabel announces 2020 UK tour dates, find out how to get tickets". The List. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  22. ^ Copsey, Rob (23 April 2020). "Radio 1 unveil all-star Live Lounge charity single: Listen". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge) on Tidal". Tidal. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  24. ^ Reilly, Nick (23 April 2020). "Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins to join huge 'Times Like These' cover". NME. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Live Lounge Allstars - Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge)". BBC Radio 1. YouTube. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  26. ^ Styles, Harry (10 March 2020). "LOVE ON TOUR 2020..." Twitter. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  27. ^ "TWENTY ONE PILOTS, THE 1975, MORE NOMINATED FOR BBC RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS". AltPress. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  28. ^ "BreakTudo Awards 2019: Veja a lista completa de indicados". BreakTudo. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  29. ^ "Brit Awards 2019: Full list of nominees". BBC News. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Winners". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  31. ^ "The Global Awards". Global. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  32. ^ "2018 Archives - Grammis". (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  34. ^ "Here are all the nominations for the 2017 MOBO Awards". The Fader. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  35. ^ "mabel wins mtv brand new for 2018!". MTV UK. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  36. ^ "Ariana Grande Leads 2019 MTV EMA Nominations". Variety. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  37. ^ "Jessie J And Adele Top MTV Video Play Awards Winners List". Capital. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  38. ^ Corner, Lewis (8 February 2012). "Adele, Jessie J scoop MTV Play awards". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  40. ^ "MTV Video Play Awards: Check Out Which Artist is Most Played - BNL". Beirut The Only Way It Should Be, NightLife, Clubbing, Events, DineOut, Concerts, Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Lifestyle, Music, Fashion. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  41. ^ "2019 mtv video play awards". MTV UK. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  42. ^
  43. ^ "NRJ Music Awards 2019 : Angèle, Roméo Elvis et Lil Nas X dominent la liste des nommés" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  44. ^ "Här är artisterna som är nominerade till P3 Guld 2020". (in Swedish). 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  45. ^ "O2 Silver Clef Awards". Nordoff Robbins. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  46. ^ "16th annual Urban Music Awards nominations announced". Urban Music Awards. 22 October 2018.
  47. ^ "Mabel earns x3 nominations at the 17th annual Urban Music Awards 2020". Urban Music Awards. 25 November 2019.

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