Laura Mvula has revealed the comforting advice her mentor Prince gave her after she lost out at the Brit Awards in 2014. The 30-year-ol...
Soul singer Laura Mvula reveals comforting advice given to her by Prince
The 30-year-old soul singer, who boycotted this year’s ceremony over its lack of diversity, found a kindred spirit in the late singer when she attended an after-party thrown by him just after losing out on the best British breakthrough and female solo artist awards.
After Prince asked how she felt, Laura said: “I was like, ‘You know what? I’m disappointed that I’m disappointed’. And he said, ‘I understand.’…And he talked with me for 40 minutes about how he’s tirelessly worked to create and own his music.
“He was the most relaxed, angelic presence. It’s not a facade; his coolness is genuine. To the core.”
Laura paid tribute to the Purple Rain singer’s “fearlessness” as she called him “one of the biggest champions of my work” and explained how Prince worked as her own personal John the Baptist.
She told ES magazine: “He spent time putting my name out – I can’t tell you the amount of times I’d go places in the world and people would say, ‘I know your music because of Prince’.
“There was no one like him. And I just remember he smelt so divine, that’s the thing.”
She continued: “There’s no bullshit (with Prince). And that’s rare. In our culture… we’re obsessed with what’s not real and so sometimes it’s easier for people to play up to things. He did not, ever. And he was fearless.”