We take a moment with singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu to discover what makes this fast-rising talent tick in our quickfire-Q&A series.

From appearing on Radio 1 via BBC Introducing in 2014 to supporting Sam Smith on tour, South West London-based Izzy sings with a soul-jazz-funk background, swirling it with modern interpretations of the sound - plus a lil' dash of pop - and coming up with sunny songs like 'Adam & Eve', showcasing the gorgeous texture of her voice, the bursting energy in her delivery; watch the recently released video for 'Adam & Eve' below to see what we mean.

How did you get started? I started jamming with bands for the first time at tech music school when I was 17. I learned how to be free with my emotions and let the song pour out. I left school after a year, as I couldn't afford the rest of my fees, so got a part time job and wrote songs in my tiny one bed flat. I then did an open mic at ILUVLIVE at XOYO and performed the old jazz classic 'Summer Time'. I won! I decided to work with ILUVLIVE and they hooked me up with lots of gigs and I started doing some park sessions. I supported Sam Smith on tour and Jamie Cullum in London. I then started working with different producers, to create a new, but organic sound for the album.

Where do you find inspiration? Nature, spontaneous nights out, train journeys, moving out, family and love! Amy Winehouse also plays a really big part in how I song write. When I first moved out, she was the artist that I could relate to whenever I went through a hard time.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail? Sky diving! If there wasn't a chance of the parachute not working I would totally do it. Maybe I will one day, in a crazy moment of madness.

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? Go-karting with my bro in Ethiopia and the adrenaline rush. We're both so competitive and the karts make you feel like a grown up.

When was the last time you tried something new? Tequila with worms. It's surprisingly nice!

Whose life do you believe you've had the biggest impact on? I think that I am too young to have had an impact on anyone that I know. Perhaps in the future I will hopefully influence people!

What are you currently working on? I'm doing festivals at the moment and I've just finished the album. I still write loads about the events that happen in my everyday life.

What's the most challenging thing you've ever created? Well music is something that is natural, but my eyebrows are another story.

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on? Marriage. I think that it's a convention that a lot of people are pressured by. It's for some people but not for me.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take in your career? Get a butt job - joking. I would like to go on a world tour as I love gigging so much!


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