The city of London is one of the world’s biggest cultural capitals, mainly because it is home to the arts, entertainment and fashion industry. For years, there has been a tremendous amount of talent coming out of the British capital. From the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to some of the most recent ones, such as Adele and Sam Smith. Now, we can add another name to that list; singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu.
Isobel Beardshaw, originally from South West London, describes herself as a fan of jazz music, considering she grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown. It’s no wonder her sound is a combination of soul, jazz and pop and her sweet, sultry voice makes for great music. While listening to some of her songs, her vocals did remind me of the late Amy Winehouse, whom she says is one of her biggest influences, and also did a cover of her hit song ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. With her musical talent and girl-next-door charm, the 22 year-old is well on her way to becoming a household name.
Izzy has been in the scene since 2013, when she debuted her first independent EP titled, “Coolbeanz“, ranking in at number 3 on the iTunes Soul and RnB chart and selling over 50,000 copies. Ever since opening up for Sam Smith and Jamie Cullum‘s UK tours, Bizu has started creating a fan base of her own and a buzz among music execs. The following year, she performed at the Glastonbury Festival and struck a deal with Epic Records in August 2014.
Since then, a number of singles have been released, including the hit “Diamond” and “White Tiger“, both of which are from her album “A Moment of Madness”. During this year’s Euro Cup, Izzy was asked to record the theme song for BBC’s Euro 2016 anthem, to which she responded was “just the most random thing I’ve ever heard”.
Bizu is currently on tour in Europe and we can only hope that she will make her way to North America sometime soon.