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Isobel Beardshaw (born 28 April 1994), better known as Izzy Bizu, is an English singer-songwriter[1] signed to Epic Records.[2] Bizu has garnered mainstream radio support from BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac and Phil Taggart[3] and BBC Radio 1Xtra's Trevor Nelson.[4] She has supported Coldplay, Sam Smith,[1] Rudimental,[5] and Foxes on their latest UK tours.[6] In November 2015, Bizu was shortlisted for a Brit Critics' Choice award[7] and longlisted for BBC's Sound of... 2016.[8] She won the BBC Music Introducing Award at the 2016 ceremony. On 25 June 2016, Bizu performed on the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

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Bizu performing in September 2015
Background information
Birth nameIsobel Beardshaw
Born (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 25)
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2009–present
LabelsEpic Records
Associated actsSoundGirl
Websiteizzybizu.com

Contents

BiographyEdit

Izzy Bizu is from southwest London.[9] Her mother is Ethiopian and her father is English. She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann, and James Brown,[10] and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop.[11]

CareerEdit

 
Izzy Bizu performing at the Victorious Festival, 2016.

2013: CoolbeanzEdit

After the girl group SoundGirl split, Bizu won an open mic night competition in February 2013 winning over the crowd, which included Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy, who were in attendance.[1] She released her first independent EP, Coolbeanz, in September 2013, which debuted at number 3 on the iTunes Soul and RnB Chart and has sold 50,000 copies.[12] The EP’s lead single, "White Tiger", was also chosen as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’.[13] In October 2013, she supported Sam Smith on his UK tour,[14] and in November Jamie Cullum handpicked her to open for him at The Roundhouse in London.[15]

2014–16: A Moment of MadnessEdit

In January 2014, Bizu entered Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and made it to the final 8 of the competition,[16] performing at the live finals of the event at Pilton Working Men's Club in April 2014. Bizu was named runner-up, winning £2,500 from the PRS Foundation and a slot at that year's Glastonbury Festival.[17] In June 2014, Bizu was also selected by BBC Introducing[14] to perform at the Glastonbury Festival.[18] In July 2014, she signed to Epic Records UK.[2] A year later, she released the first singles from her debut album, "Adam & Eve" and "Diamond", which enjoyed support from BBC Radio 1,[19] Radio 2[20] and 1Xtra,[4] and performed at Glastonbury for the second time.[21]

In September 2015, following the release of her single "Give Me Love", she also made her TV debut on Later... with Jools Holland.[22] Bizu supported both Rudimental[5] and Foxes[6] on their UK headline tours. In November 2015, Bizu was shortlisted for a Brit Critics' Choice award.[7] In January 2016 Bizu's song 'White Tiger' featured on the advert for National Citizen Service (NCS) and in March 2016 she performed at NCS Yes Live alongside Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne. Her debut album, A Moment of Madness, was released on 2 September 2016.[23] In April 2016, Bizu recorded (with the BBC Concert Orchestra) an uptempo, updated version of the Edith Piaf 1957 hit "La Foule" as the theme music for the BBC's coverage of the Euro 2016 Football Tournament.

ArtistryEdit

Bizu has described herself as a fan of jazz-fusion mixes and a lover of squat parties and warehouse raves. She grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown[9] and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop.[24] She lists The Black Keys, Diana Ross, Grammatics and Sam Cooke among her other influences.[25]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[26]
AUS
[27]
BEL
(FL)

[28]
JPN
[29]
NLD
[30]
SCO
[31]
A Moment of Madness
  • Released: 2 September 2016
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
23 86 94 96 95 20

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
Coolbeanz
  • Released: 21 June 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Glita
  • Released: 3 May 2019
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[26]
AUT
[32]
BEL
(FL)

[28]
BEL
(WA)

[33]
FRA
[34]
GER
[35]
JPN
[36]
SCO
[37]
2015 "Diamond"[38] A Moment of Madness
"Adam & Eve"[39]
"Give Me Love"[40]
"White Tiger"[41] 90 65 [A] 45 57
[42]
54 19 51
2016 "Mad Behaviour"[44]
"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" non-album single
"Lost Paradise" A Moment of Madness
"Talking to You" 56 17
2019 "Lights On" Glita

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "White Tiger" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart.[28]

Izzy Bizu was featured as a vocalist in Milky Chance's track, Bad Things, on their 2017 album, Blossom.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Introducing... Izzy Bizu". bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu signs to Epic Records". bimm.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Izzy Bizu unveils new single 'Give Me Love'". thefourohfive.com.
  4. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu in the Live Lounge". bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ a b "Rudimental live at Alexandra Palace". rudimental.co.uk.
  6. ^ a b "Foxes UK Tour 2015 with Izzy Bizu". livenation.co.uk.
  7. ^ a b Gibsone, Harriet. "Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances: meet the Brits critics' choice shortlist". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. ^ "BBC Sound Poll 2016". bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ a b "Introducing: South London based Izzy Bizu". livenation.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Izzy Bizu gets summer started right with Adam & Eve". rwdmag.com.
  11. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Biography". paradigmagency.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Coolbeanz EP". dmpgroup.com.
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe's Next Hype (27.08.13)". soundcloud.com.
  14. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu at Glastonbury 2014". bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Izzy Bizu and Jamie Cullum at Glastonbury 2014". bbc.co.uk.
  16. ^ "2014 Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced".
  17. ^ "M+A win 2014 Emerging Talent Competition".
  18. ^ "Izzy Bizu performs at Glastonbury 2014". mtv.co.uk.
  19. ^ "The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 15/06/2015". bbc.co.uk.
  20. ^ "BBC Radio 2 – Jo Whiley, 16/06/2015". bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ "The Noisey Glastonbury Portfolio by Jillian Edelstein". noisey.vice.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Later... with Jools Holland – Series 47, Episode 2". bbc.co.uk.
  23. ^ "Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness". itunes.apple.com.
  24. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Singer-Songwriter". WIRED.
  25. ^ "About Izzy Bizu". codaagency.com.
  26. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  27. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #413". auspOp. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  28. ^ a b c "Discografie Izzy Bizu". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  29. ^ "イジー・ビズ".
  30. ^ "Discografie Izzy Bizu". Dutch Charts Portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  31. ^ Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
  32. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Izzy Bizu - White Tiger".
  33. ^ "Izzy Bizu - White Tiger".
  34. ^ Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Izzy Bizu - White Tiger".
  35. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts".
  36. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 - Charts - Billboard JAPAN". Archived from the original on 19 February 2014.
  37. ^ Izzy Bizu peaks in Scotland:
  38. ^ "Diamond – Single". iTunes.
  39. ^ "Adam & Eve (Remixes) – Single". iTunes.
  40. ^ "Give Me Love (Remixes) – Single". iTunes.
  41. ^ "White Tiger – Single". iTunes.
  42. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 36, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  43. ^ Cite error: The named reference bpi was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  44. ^ "Mad Behaviour – Single". iTunes.

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