Izzy Bizu is a 20 year-old singer songwriter from South West London. Born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father, she grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright, James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences, Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop that sounds classic and new all at once.
She won the ILUVLIVE Open Mic in February 2013 winning over the crowd, which included Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy. She went on to release an EP, Coolbeanz, on ILUVLIVE Records in Sept 2013 debuting at No. 3 on the iTunes Soul and RnB Chart and selling 50,000 plus units to date. She was selected by BBC Introducing and in 2013 received over 25 plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra including daytime support from Fearne Cotton, Trevor Nelson, Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts and Twin B. 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 personally chose her to open for him at The Roundhouse in London.
Izzy signed a publishing deal with US company Cutcraft (via Downtown) in November last year and signed a worldwide record deal with Epic in August 2014. The support from the BBC continued throughout the 2014 festival season with Izzy performing on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury and her track, ‘Fools Gold’ selected for the BBC Introducing playlist on Radio 1 receiving six daytime plays across the week beginning 30th June. Izzy also supported Milky Chance at their hometown Festival in Germany in August. Izzy is now in the process of recording her debut album slated for a Spring 2015 release.