Austin, Texas rejoiced a few years ago when singer-songwriter Havilah decided to leave the backpacking life behind and departed Europe for the live music capital of the world. Even though she had spent the previous year trekking through the live flamenco capital of the world, the live Celtic music capital of the world, and the live accordion capital of the world (an ill-fated wrong turn near Poland),Havilah decided it was time to take up residence where she belongs - in the best of all musical worlds.
Havilah's music was immediately embraced in the Austin scene, as her style has been compared to that of Norah Jones, Nina Simone, and Joni Mitchell (note: Joni Mitchell's singer-songwriter period, not her abstract painting period). With regular performances at staple venues like Momo's and The Saxon Pub, she has established herself as an engaging live performer, whether it be solo or with a band.
Havilah's 2010 release, "Bengalese Butterflies," is the next step toward dominating the Austin singer-songwriter scene and beyond. Songs like "Ben" and "Low Down" will cause thoughtful foot-tapping at every listen, and "All Night" is a stunning track that is featured in the upcoming film "Leading Ladies." Havilah has spent much of 2009 on the road and plans to do the same in 2010 in support of her new album, which has already won her enthusiastic crowds in Texas and as far away as California and Washington. The genuine glow her voice and words bring into a room is matched by few; her live show and "Bengalese Butterflies" make her one of the essentials in her genre.
She would also like to make it clear that no butterflies were harmed in the making of this record.