Laura Izibor
Let the Truth Be Told
Released: June 16, 2009
Atlantic Records

Don’t Sleep on Laura Izibor’s new Album!

Born to a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Izibor admits she didn’t grow up in a musical household. “My mother raised five kids on her own, so there wasn’t much time to buy records – it wasn’t that kind of home. I found myself fancying music at about 13.” Once the love for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Candi Stanton, and Roberta Flack took hold, she was smitten for good. “One door opened to the next – first I discovered Marvin Gaye, and then Otis Redding, and I just fell in love with soul music.” At the age of 15, Izibor won a prestigious national performance competition, the “2FM Song Contest.” At 17, she started work on her debut album, taking the time to really hone her songs. Let The Truth Be Told was recorded over the course of four years in a diverse range of cities: New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dublin among them. Laura also performed live constantly during this period, finding her true home onstage. Having performed several sold-out shows in Ireland, and opened for acts including James Brown, Angie Stone, and The Roots, she’s earned the affectionate moniker “The Soul of Ireland” from the folks back home.

Early 2009 will reveal the fruits of this process, when Izibor releases the fully self-penned and co-produced Let The Truth Be Told. “The title felt like a strong, almost biblical statement,” she explains. “I’ve written this album because it’s my truth. It’s a sincere record and it has a feel of survival in it as well.” Izibor resisted the urge to feature established artists on various tracks, instead creating a revealing, and very personal, document of this moment in her life. “I didn’t want to be anybody’s protégé,” she says. “It’s very tempting to put in the reinforcements, but for my debut album I wanted it to be 100% from me.”

The songs are ripe with authenticity, from the sassy, soulful album opener, “Shine,” to the magnificent and deeply personal “If Tonight Is My Last,” to the anthemic and inspirational “Mmm,” which colored the soundtrack of Step Up 2: The Streets. With her tracks also featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, and The Nanny Diaries, Izibor has found that airing her heartfelt take on life and love has translated to the hopes and struggles of various characters, as well as to the people at home watching them. “I hope people take away a sense of honesty and realness in the record. They’re just songs written from a really sincere place, and hopefully people can connect to it on some level and relate their own lives to it as well.”

For Izibor, the process of bringing her Truth to light has had a long gestation period, taking her around the world and back. She’s poised and ready for her moment. “Life is good. Music is amazing. It’s just a great, unusual thing to be doing what I love, and I’m genuinely grateful. I come from a working class family, so my bothers and sisters and my mother worked so many jobs their whole life, just trying to provide for us. That’s why I’m extremely humbled and grateful to be able to do something that is not only what I love, but pretty unbelievable.”

Let the Truth Be Told will be released June 16th, 2009 on Atlantic Records.

Cover + Track Listing

1. Shine
2. Don’t Stay
3. If Tonight Is My Last
4. What Would You Do
5. From My Heart To Yours
6. Perfect World
7. The Worst Is Over
8. Yes (I’ll Be Your Baby)
9. Don’t Want You Back
10. Mmm…

Tour Dates

Jun 1 2009 8:00P
Kings College London, London and South East
Jun 3 2009 8:00P
Nouveau Casino Paris
Jun 4 2009 8:00P
Paradiso Amsterdam
Jun 10 2009 8:00P
Pontiac Garage @ House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 12 2009 8:00P
Vinyl Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 15 2009 8:00P
World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 16 2009 8:00P
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage Washington, Washington DC
Jun 17 2009 8:00P
S.O.B.’s New York, New York
Jun 20 2009 8:00P
CBS Saturday Morning Show New York, New York
Jun 20 2009 11:30P
Joe’s Pub Late Show New York, New York
Jun 22 2009 8:00P
House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Jun 23 2009 8:00P
Palm Beach Improv West Palm, Florida
Aug 26 2009 6:00P
Billboard Live Osaka Early Show Oaska
Aug 26 2009 9:00P
Billboard Live Osaka late Show Japan
Aug 28 2009 7:00P
Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Japan
Aug 28 2009 9:00P
Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Aug 29 2009 7:00P
Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Tokyo
Aug 29 2009 8:00P
Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Sep 5 2009 8:00P
Electric Picnic TBC Portlaoise, Louth
Sep 13 2009 8:00P
Bestival Isle of Wight Isle Of White, Channel Islands
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