Laura Mvula: Phenomenal Woman

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has had a lot of emotional hills to climb these past few years. The success of her strange, inventive debut LP Sing to the Moon—which lost the 2013 Mercury Prize to James Blake’s Overgrown—manifested with panic attacks, a formal diagnosis of clinical depression and a divorce with her husband, whom she met as a student at Birmingham Conservatoire. Her second album Dreaming Room, out this June, reflects much of her journey—describing both the sorrow of loss and the ferocious rebuilding of spirit. Tracks like “Overcome” and her latest, “Phenomenal Woman,” reflect the latter.