Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor has announced upcoming North American concert dates kicking off April 1st in San Francisco. Having just recently completed a major European tour supporting John Legend, Izibor will now hit the road alongside India.Arie. The Irish soul sensation has also shared the stage with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, James Brown, Angie Stone, and Atlantic labelmate Estelle. Laura's highly anticipated debut album "LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD" -- which includes the single, "From My Heart To Yours" -- will be available in stores and via all online retailers on June 16th.
"From My Heart To Yours," which was featured last year on an episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," is already shaping up as a breakthrough hit for the Dublin-based singer. The single is currently ascending the airplay charts at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, including Urban Mainstream and Urban AC, where it has just bulleted into the top 10. In addition, the track's companion video clip is now in rotation at both BETJ and VH1 Soul.
Izibor has drawn ecstatic praise in a wide range of national and international publications, including Rolling Stone, which recently featured her among its "Artists To Watch." Billboard included Laura in its "Best Bets - Faces To Watch '09" section, while Ebony declared Laura to be the "Soul of Ireland," noting that her music "brings to mind the echo of older, soulful songstresses like Aretha Franklin."
In the UK, The Guardian singled out Izibor's melodic and lyrical gifts, pointing out that "LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD" is "full of the kind of catchy tunes that usually mean a record label has spent a mint on expensive writers and producers -- but the writing is all her own work... Her lyrics are more intelligent than your average 21-year-old's -- more sophisticated young woman than gobby teen." Vibe also waxed effusive, naming Laura one of its "Next: Artists On The Verge," and hailing her album as "a marvel -- (Izibor's) killer voice slicing through a passel of breezy R&B."
Izibor -- who will be featured as Steve Madden Music's "Artist Spotlight" for May and June -- has already had her songs included in an array of films and television series. In addition to "Grey's Anatomy," Laura's music has been featured in "The Nanny Diaries," "Step Up 2: The Streets," "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married," "Seven Pounds," and MTV's "The Hills."
Born and raised in Dublin, Izibor became enthralled with the sounds of classic soul and R&B at an early age. By 15, she had honed her vocal talent to such a high level that she won Ireland's prestigious RTÉ 2fm Song Contest. It wasn't long before Laura began working on what would ultimately become "LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD," recording her self-penned songs in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dublin. From the sassy "Shine" to the deeply personal "If Tonight Is My Last," the album is rich with authenticity and passion, its songs revealing Izibor's uniquely heartfelt take on life and love.
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LAURA IZIBOR ON TOUR WITH INDIA.ARIE
April 1 - San Francisco, CA @ Zellerbach
April 3 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 4 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
April 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
April 17 - Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino
April 18 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 19 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove Anaheim
April 30 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live
May 1 - New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom @ Manhattan Center
May 3 - Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live
May 4 - Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
May 6 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
May 8 - Portsmouth, VA @ Willet Hall
May 9 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
May 10 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
May 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
May 13 - St. Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
May 15 - Toronto, ONT @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 16 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 17 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 21 - Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium
May 22 - Houston, TX @ Arena Theatre
May 24 - Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre