Lianne La Havas drastically expanded her musical world for her second album, 2015's Blood: She recorded in Jamaica, worked with Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, U2), dropped the mesmerically ornate "Unstoppable" as her first single and toured with a robust band of multi-instrumentalists. Now the 26-year-old Londoner is doing a limited run of American solo performances—just her and her guitar, sporting the sound that characterized much of her luminous 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough?
Before La Havas' Brooklyn performance tonight (Feb. 5), she spoke to Fuse about Blood getting a GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, the very different direction she'll take for the new record she's now writing, plus eating at Cracker Barrel as a vegan.
Fuse: Can we start
with the GRAMMY nod? You're in the same category as The Weeknd, Miguel,
The Internet and Kehlani.
Lianne La Havas: It's amazing. It's completely amazing. I can't believe I'm nominated for a GRAMMY. That just makes all of my worries about anything I've ever worried about completely go away.
That's a strong
I'm very, very proud. I'm so honored to be able to go there and represent the U.K. as well, and just be able to say that my whole album was acknowledged for a GRAMMY potentially. I feel like I've already achieved a great amount just by being nominated.
How has the solo tour been so far? Tonight's your fourth show.
It's been absolutely amazing. I'm so glad I did it. I'm not even halfway through yet, but it's so—it's just been so brilliant. All the crowds have been so gorgeous and lovely and supportive. I feel really a great sense of freedom being able to play my songs alone, because I only have myself to rely on. And initially I was a little bit daunted by that fact, but having done it now, I really feel a great sense of newfound confidence in the whole thing. And I would do it again and again. It's where I came from, just playing on my own, writing songs on my own—I love it. There's a lot to be said for playing guitar and singing.