Izzy Bizu – the star of Euro 2016!
We’ve always known that Izzy Bizu is a star to watch out for, and we’re really excited that Izzy’s providing the BBC’s soundtrack to Euro 2016!
The friend of NCS – who wowed the crowds at YES Live 2016 – has recorded a modern version of Edith Piaf’s classic French song La Foule, which will be the soundtrack to the BBC’s Euro 2016 telly coverage.
This week Izzy appeared on the BBC Breakfast couch to talk about the song. In true NCS spirit, the studio process required her to master a new skill – learning how to sing in French! It’s a beautiful little number, and if you’re tuning into the Euros, the chances are you won’t be getting it out of your head anytime soon!
It’s been an amazing rise for the North London songstress, who’s already got a couple of Glastonbury appearances under her belt, a Brit Critics’ Choice nomination, and a debut album to look forward to in September 2016. Earlier this year, Izzy’s ‘White Tiger’ was the soundtrack to the NCS TV ad – a TUNE if ever there was one!
Izzy has an amazing backstory and has achieved great things by grabbing life’s opportunities with both hands. As a teenager at boarding school, her talent was first noticed by a teacher who overheard her singing; she would later take part in after-school jamming sessions on the piano with her headteacher.
“There was [a piano] in the common room and one in this little box room where I used to go and play,” she told Contact Music. “We used to play The Fugees' Killing Me Softly. [The headteacher] was like, ‘After your homework, we can jam if you want’. Every day after school, that's the first thing I would do.”
With her confidence building, Izzy would continue to explore her love of music and poetry. Perhaps her defining moment came at an open mic night, where she plucked up the courage to get on stage and perform a cover of the jazz classic ‘Summertime’. Needless to say, she won the night’s competition and the rest is history!
It’s amazing to see Izzy go from strength to strength. If you haven’t heard the song yet, check it out on YouTube, or tune into BBC One tonight (June 8) at 22:45 when it’ll appear in a special Euro 2016 show.