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Izzy Bizu

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Isobel Beardshaw born 28 April 1994, better known as Izzy Bizu, is an English singer-songwriter signed to Epic Records Bizu has garnered mainstream radio support from BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac and Phil Taggart and BBC Radio 1Xtra's Trevor Nelson She has supported Coldplay, Sam Smith, Rudimental, and Foxes on their latest UK tours In November 2015, Bizu was shortlisted for a Brit Critics' Choice award and longlisted for BBC's Sound of 2016 She won the BBC Music Introducing Award at the 2016 ceremony On 25 June 2016, Bizu performed on the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
    • 21 2013: Coolbeanz
    • 22 2014–16: A Moment of Madness
  • 3 Artistry
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 Albums
    • 42 Extended plays
    • 43 Singles
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Izzy Bizu is from southwest London Her mother is Ethiopian and her father is English She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann, and James Brown, and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop


Izzy Bizu performing at the Victorious Festival, 2016

2013: Coolbeanz

After the girl group SoundGirl split, Bizu won an open mic night competition in February 2013 winning over the crowd, which included Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy, who were in attendance She released her first independent EP, Coolbeanz, in September 2013, which debuted at number 3 on the iTunes Soul and RnB Chart and has sold 50,000 copies 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 handpicked her to open for him at The Roundhouse in London

2014–16: A Moment of Madness

In January 2014, Bizu entered Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and made it to the final 8 of the competition, performing at the live finals of the event at Pilton Working Men's Club in April 2014 Bizu was named runner-up, winning £2,500 from the PRS Foundation and a slot at that year's Glastonbury Festival In June 2014, Bizu was also selected by BBC Introducing to perform at the Glastonbury Festival In July 2014, she signed to Epic Records UK A year later, she released the first singles from her debut album, "Adam & Eve" and "Diamond", which enjoyed support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 1Xtra, and performed at Glastonbury for the second time

In September 2015, following the release of her single "Give Me Love", she also made her TV debut on Later with Jools Holland Bizu supported both Rudimental and Foxes on their UK headline tours In November 2015, Bizu was shortlisted for a Brit Critics' Choice award In January 2016 Bizu's song 'White Tiger' featured on the advert for National Citizen Service NCS and in March 2016 she performed at NCS Yes Live alongside Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne Her debut album, A Moment of Madness, was released on 2 September 2016 In April 2016, Bizu recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra an uptempo, updated version of the Edith Piaf 1957 hit "La Foule" as the theme music for the BBC's coverage of the Euro 2016 Football Tournament


Bizu has described herself as a fan of jazz-fusion mixes and a lover of squat parties and warehouse raves She grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop She lists The Black Keys, Diana Ross, Grammatics and Sam Cooke among her other influences



Title Details Peak chart positions
A Moment of Madness
  • Released: 2 September 2016
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
23 86 94 96 95 20

Extended plays

Title Details
  • Released: September 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2015 "Diamond" A Moment of Madness
"Adam & Eve"
"Give Me Love"
"White Tiger" 90 65 45 57
54 19 51
2016 "Mad Behaviour"
"Sweat A La La La La Long"
"Lost Paradise"
"Talking to You" 56 17


  1. ^ "White Tiger" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart

Izzy Bizu was featured as a vocalist in Milky Chance's track, Bad Things, on their 2017 album, Blossom


  1. ^ a b c "Introducing Izzy Bizu" bbccouk 
  2. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu signs to Epic Records" bimmcouk 
  3. ^ "Izzy Bizu unveils new single 'Give Me Love'" thefourohfivecom 
  4. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu in the Live Lounge" bbccouk 
  5. ^ a b "Rudimental live at Alexandra Palace" rudimentalcouk 
  6. ^ a b "Foxes UK Tour 2015 with Izzy Bizu" livenationcouk 
  7. ^ a b Gibsone, Harriet "Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances: meet the Brits critics' choice shortlist" the Guardian Retrieved 2015-11-26 
  8. ^ "BBC Sound Poll 2016" bbccouk 
  9. ^ a b "Introducing: South London based Izzy Bizu" livenationcouk 
  10. ^ "Izzy Bizu gets summer started right with Adam & Eve" rwdmagcom 
  11. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Biography" paradigmagencycom Archived from the original on 17 November 2015 
  12. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Coolbeanz EP" dmpgroupcom 
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe's Next Hype 270813" soundcloudcom 
  14. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu at Glastonbury 2014" bbccouk 
  15. ^ "Izzy Bizu and Jamie Cullum at Glastonbury 2014" bbccouk 
  16. ^ "2014 Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced" 
  17. ^ "M+A win 2014 Emerging Talent Competition" 
  18. ^ "Izzy Bizu performs at Glastonbury 2014" mtvcouk 
  19. ^ "The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw 15/06/2015" bbccouk 
  20. ^ "BBC Radio 2 – Jo Whiley, 16/06/2015" bbccouk 
  21. ^ "The Noisey Glastonbury Portfolio by Jillian Edelstein" noiseyvicecom Archived from the original on 24 September 2015 
  22. ^ "Later with Jools Holland – Series 47, Episode 2" bbccouk 
  23. ^ "Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness" itunesapplecom 
  24. ^ "Izzy Bizu – Singer-Songwriter" WIRED 
  25. ^ "About Izzy Bizu" codaagencycom 
  26. ^ a b "Izzy Bizu" Officialchartscom/ Official Charts Company Retrieved 9 September 2016 
  27. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #413" auspOp 25 March 2017 Retrieved 25 March 2017 
  28. ^ a b c "Discografie Izzy Bizu" Belgium Flanders Charts Portal in Dutch Hung Medien Retrieved 9 September 2016 
  29. ^ "イジー・ビズ" 
  30. ^ "Discografie Izzy Bizu" Dutch Charts Portal in Dutch Hung Medien Retrieved 9 September 2016 
  31. ^ Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
    • For A Moment of Madness: "Chart Archive > 03 February 2017 - 09 February 2017" Officialchartscom/ Official Charts Company Retrieved 4 February 2017 
  32. ^ Hung, Steffen "Izzy Bizu - White Tiger" 
  33. ^ "Izzy Bizu - White Tiger" 
  34. ^ Hung, Steffen "leschartscom - Izzy Bizu - White Tiger" 
  35. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts" 
  36. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 - Charts - Billboard JAPAN" Archived from the original on 19 February 2014 
  37. ^ Izzy Bizu peaks in Scotland:
    • "White Tiger": "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company" wwwofficialchartscom Retrieved 3 February 2017 
    • "Talking to You": "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company" wwwofficialchartscom Archived from the original on 15 March 2015 Retrieved 4 February 2017 
  38. ^ "Diamond – Single" iTunes 
  39. ^ "Adam & Eve Remixes – Single" iTunes 
  40. ^ "Give Me Love Remixes – Single" iTunes 
  41. ^ "White Tiger – Single" iTunes 
  42. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP Week 36, 2016" in French Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique Retrieved 10 September 2016 
  43. ^ "Mad Behaviour – Single" iTunes 

External links

  • Official website

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