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Laura Izibor, ESSECE’s pick for Best New Artist in our Hot List Summer Music Guide, releases her debut album “Let the Truth Be Told” (Atlantic Records) today. This Nigerian-Irish singer mines the deeper registers of her warm alto. The result: a sweet, sophisticated debut filled with catchy tunes about female empowerment and ballads about achy love that have the right amount of blues grit and gospel emotion. Make sure you catch this fresh-faced songstress when she hits the road alongside soulful crooner Maxwell beginning tomorrow, June 17, at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The tour culminates with a coveted slot on the main stage of the ESSENCE Festival on July 4 in New Orleans. (See below for full listing of dates).


June 17 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Performance Hall

June 19 Hammond, IN The Venue

June 20 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre

June 23 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

June 24 Vancouver, CAN The Centre

June 26 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl

June 29 Phoenix, AZ Dodge

July 1 Austin, TX Bass

July 2 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre

July 4 New Orleans, LA Mainstage at Essence Festival (Superdome)


Watch Laura Izibor’s new music video for ‘Don’t Stay.’