Live Concert Photography: Izzy Bizu at S.O.B.’s 11/9/17
Born to an Ethiopian mother and British father, Isobel Beardshaw, the up-and-coming, 23 year old London-born and-based singer/songwriter Izzy Bizu grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown — although her own work also draws from the likes of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Erykah Badu, as her overall sound meshes classic soul, neo soul, funk, jazz, hop and hip-hop. And with the release of her first two effortss — 2013’s Coolbeanz EP and last year’s full-length debut, A Moment of Madness — as well as a series of singles released over the past year or so, Beardshaw has received airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 1‘s Annie Mac and Phil Taggert and BBC Radio 1Xtra‘s Trevor Nelson, which has resulted in opening slots for Sam Smith, Rudimental and Foxes during their UK tours. Adding to a growing profile, Beardshaw was shortlisted for a Brit Critics Choice Award, long listed for BBC’s Sound Of . . . and won the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Award.
Over the last half of this year, Beardshaw has been expanded her profile Stateside, as she’s opened for Coldplay during their American tour and has released a handful of singles that have received attention across the blogosphere — and to celebrate her Stateside launch, the up-and-coming singer/songwriter played a short, private set at S.O.B’s in SoHo the other night. Check out some photos from the set below.