Date of Interview: 06/15/2009
© 2009 Clayton Perry
Far across the Atlantic, in the distant land of Ireland, the life and success of Laura Izibor have cast a bright light on the global interconnectedness and reach of the modern music industry.
As the daughter of an Irish mother and Nigerian father, it may surprise some Americans that Laura Izibor’s unique talents, while refreshing, are at the same time familiar. Inspired by the music of Roberta Flack, Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye, Izibor’s songwriting talents embody the spirit and passions of her musical heroes and, for this reason, the international press has hailed her as “The Soul of Ireland.” With a bit of luck, in the weeks and months to come, several tracks from Let the Truth Be Told will find a welcome home on American radio.
Upon the release of Let the Truth Be Told, Laura Izibor managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Marvin Gaye, her cultural roots, and “If Tonight Is My Last.”