Izzy Bizu (born Isobel Beardshaw; 28 April 1994) is a British singer-songwriter signed to Epic Records.
Bizu is from South West London. Born to an Ethiopian mother and English father, she grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop. She lists The Black Keys, Diana Ross, Grammatics and Sam Cooke among her other influences.
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. She released her first independent EP Coolbeanz in September 2013 debuting at number 3 on the iTunesSoul and RnB Chart and selling 50,000 copies. The EP’s lead single "White Tiger" was also chosen as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’. In October 2013 she supported Sam Smith on his UK tour and in November Jamie Cullum handpicked her to open for him atThe Roundhouse in London.
In June 2014, Bizu was selected by BBC Introducing to perform at Glastonbury Festival. In July 2014, she signed to Epic Records UK. A year later, she released the first singles from her debut album, Adam & Eve and Diamond which enjoyed support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 1Xtra. and performed at Glastonbury for the second time.
In September 2015, following the release of her single Give Me Love, she also made her TV debut on Later with Jools Holland. Bizu supported both Rudimental and Foxes on their UK headline tours. In November 2015, Bizu was shortlisted for a Brit Critics' Choice award.
A Moment of Madness is the upcoming debut studio album from british singer songwriter Izzy Bizu, scheduled for release on 22 July 2016. It's been preceeded by the singles Diamond, Adam & Eve, Give me Love and Whiet Tiger.
Mad Behaviour - Izzy Bizu