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[MUSIC] Lianne, it's so wonderful to have you here. It's amazing to be here. And it's, I feel like because I met you that's why all of this has happened. That time two years ago, I think it was two years ago, when I first became involved with all the amazing women at Essence. So you're here to perform with his purple highness. Do you get to call him Prince? Yeah. That's his real name. I know but it's like calling like, I don't know, Barack Obama like hey Barack. No. [LAUGH]. [LAUGH] It is a bit like that, and I still have trouble saying it, but you just have to say it. Yeah, yeah. If you want to call him, you have to just say his, his name. It's still very surreal though. Yeah. Every time. It never gets, like, it's always very exciting. He's just the best guy. He's lovely. How did he tell you about this gig. Like, was it like 3 a.m. in the morning Leanne. Come to New Orleans. well, it was, well, no. But it was you know, still pretty cool. I just, I just came by. We email a lot. So, I got invited on, you know, our chatting email. I was like yeah sure, you know, maybe, okay, I could do that. Come to New Orleans. [LAUGH] So I'm absolutely thrilled that I made it and that we can do this. It's just, I can't believe we're gonna do this. It's so exciting, it must be you know to have Prince be a fan of your music and, you know, your talent. And really sort of champion you as a, as the future you know, what. Give his baton, in a way, to your, you, musically. Yeah, I like to think of it that way, and I think he's good at like, seeking out, you know, perhaps, underrated talent. Or just unusual things. You know? And I quite like that he's really into it and he really into Esperanza Spalding and of course Janel Monet. So I think he's discovering the kind of different interesting girls, and I'd like to think I'm one of those. I think Prince is a feminist. [LAUGH] Probably. He has a lot of amazing women walking around all the time, so, but they're like, you know, doing stuff and they're extremely cool and smart, so. How did you two meet? We first spoke two years ago and he rang me on the phone [LAUGH] it just it had to be arranged like what time he would speak to me but I just didn't believe it until it actually happened. And I was with my boyfriend at the time. And we were with friends and then he rang my boyfriend's phone cause I had stupidly forgotten my phone at home. And then we just spoke like for about twenty minutes about music and Joni Mitchell and what am I listening to at the moment and, you know, what is he listening to. I just told him I really liked his [LAUGH] his music. You couldn't think of anything deeper than that? No. You know. [LAUGH]. Off the top of my head, I can't really like. It was so surreal though, so, it was a good time there and then we just managed to stay in touch that whole time, so, now we're here. [LAUGH] And I heard that you're working on a new album which we're very excited about. Yes. Yes, I'm very excited too. I think it's going to be a progression from the last record, but it's not going to be like suddenly, a dance record. But it will be as meaningful and it's about real things, again, because I think there's just too much in reality going on not to write about it. So, I'm going to be exploring new textures, but still playing guitar, cuz I love it And exploring where my voice can go So. I can only imagine where your voice can go. [LAUGH] Well, we'll see. We'll see. All right. Well thank you so much. We love having you here. Thank you. I love Essence. Thanks for having me.

ESSENCE Fest: Lianne La Havas

The British songbird on performing at Festival with Prince and new album.