Watch Lianne La Havas Sing Jill Scott
La Havas sings Scott's "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)" in this latest installment of the Women In Music-themed Candid Covers series.
Soul-meets-folk singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas has her own mother to thank for connecting her with celebrated new millennium R&B songstress Jill Scott's sounds, particularly the song "He loves Me." Those small moments listening to Scott during her tween years had a big influence on her own future career and musical choices. Watch below to see La Havas apply her own style to "He Loves Me," the Scott song that meant the most to her growing up.
"I first found Jill Scott when I was 11 or 12; my mother had the first album, 'Who Is Jill Scott?,'" the 23-year-old Brit explains. "I loved it. It was the first album that I fell in love with, basically. That song, for some reason, just stuck out to me. That was one of the ones I would put on repeat all the time."
The young singer puts her rich, textured voice and acoustic guitar in the foreground on her take of "He loves Me." "I like how little it is and how detailed it is," La Havas explains of her love for the song and how personally she feels it. "She even goes do far as to say how he loves her from her hair follicles to her toenails. That's so candid. I aspire to that; honesty I suppose. When I sing it, I tend to think of who I'm in love with."
The 11-year-old La Havas who played the track from Scott's double platinum 2000 debut on repeat now finds herself 12 years later with a well-recieved debut album of her own, "Is Your love Big Enough?," which was released earlier this year. La Havas is currently touring Europe through December 9, and she heads down under on January 18 for a trek across Australia before doing a number of dates in France in February.
Bonus Video: La Havas performs her single "Lost and Found" below.