J Records founder Clive Davis and his key A&R man, Peter Edge, have a knack for discovering tomorrow's superstar divas today.

J Records founder Clive Davis and his key A&R man, Peter Edge, have a knack for discovering tomorrow's superstar divas today. Lamya is the duo's latest discovery, and on her debut, Learning From Falling, she exudes a confidence that is not studied or learned, but simply is. Ditto for her musical vision, which is not easy to pigeonhole. Is it hip-hop? Alt-rock? What about folk, world music, soul, or dance/electronic? Learning From Falling is all this and more. Over this rhythmically rich foundation, Lamya—who penned all the poetic lyrics (she has a way with words, trust)—sings of strong, secure men ("Empires"), internal hate ("Black Mona Lisa"), unrequited love ("Never Enough"), and the game of life (title track). Throughout, she is deftly assisted by a handful of savvy producers, including Nellee Hooper, David Kahne, and Soulshock and Karlin. Sensual, mysterious, and provocative, Learning From Falling shines brightly.—MP