10 for 2012: #8 – Kyla La Grange

By on Saturday, 3rd December 2011 at 11:00 am

In the last couple weeks, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2012. She may be the lone single woman on this top 10 but you voted this act into 8th position…

Cambridge graduate Kyla La Grange’s songs have been coming slow and steady. She has released nearly an album’s worth of torchy, compelling songs this year with singles dropping every few months – ‘Walk Through Walls’ in March, ‘Been Better’ in July and the most recent double A-side ‘Heavy Stone’ (watch the video at the end of this post)/’Lambs’ (the latter of which was our MP3 of the Day here) in October. Even the free CD in July’s issue of Mojo included an alternate version of ‘Walk Through Walls’ produced by Ian Grimble and Kev Jones of Communion.

While she is entering a race already crowded with high caliber female singers, this dusky voiced beauty deserves every drop of attention she is getting right now. Although she is just a wisp of a girl, her voice has a darkness and a power to it is quite a juxtaposition to her appearance. Written up by the likes of the Guardian, Vogue and Glamour, La Grange is a complete package on her own, despite the inevitable comparisons to Marianne Faithful and Stevie Nicks. Of South African and Zimbabwean parentage, La Grange grew up in London and it is here that she is honing her indie folk/rock sound at places like the Notting Hill Arts Club and Hoxton Bar and Grill.

A few headline gigs and a string of support dates with the Guillemots rounds out La Grange’s 2011. After creating buzz for her music, she will retreat into the studio to complete her first album, with a release slated for 2012. With a swirling howl, she exclaims from her song ‘Been Better’, “I’ve been better with the things I said, when I took the lead instead of being led”. I’m happy to let her take the lead and show us where she is going.


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