Named one of the thirteen top global divas by MTV Iggy (US), Iva Lamkum has enjoyed critical support here and abroad, including a placement on influential music blog RCRD LBL. Along the way she’s received nominations for not only the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, but also the Vodafone NZ Music Awards People's Choice award, and chalked up considerable rotate time on radio playlists across the country.
In August 2012, Iva released her debut album Black Eagle, to critical acclaim. Grounded in her rich syrupy voice and sometimes metaphorical, sometimes direct lyrics, Black Eagle consists of a series of deeply personal, yet universally relatable meditations on family, hard-work, internal conflict, the loved and the loveless. Drawing stylistically on elements of roots reggae, folk, rock, funk, indie and beyond, the album repositions Iva, an artist of viewed under a neo soul light, within a borderless musical world.
Co-written and produced by her longstanding musical director Caleb Robinson, the album was recorded between York Street, Trident Studios, The Surgery and Caleb's home studio Base, then mixed by Dr Lee Prebble (The Surgery) and mastered by Mike Gibson. Working with her razor sharp five-piece musical ensemble The Pandas and countless special guests, Black Eagle presents a snappy, picture perfect rendition of her smouldering, emotive live show, whether performing solo with acoustic guitar or in the full flight of band mode.
Iva took her live show international in 2012, performing at festivals in Singapore, Korea, Rarotonga and Australia and in 2013 she performed at some of Europe's biggest festivals. 2013 proved an exciting year for Iva as she toured exclusively throughout the UK & Europe for the most part of the year before returning home at the end of the year to perform at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards and the BW Campground at Gisbourne's Rhythm & Vines festival. 2013 also brought the announcement that she would be teaming up with producers from NY, LA, Berlin & Hawaii to produce her forthcoming second album.
2014 began for Iva with an acoustic performance at Auckland's Big Day Out festival and performing alongside Louis Baker at the Homegrown festival in Wellington. Hitting the road with Six60 for their Australian Tour, this year also saw Iva Lamkum team up with Annie Crummer, Boh Runga, Stan Walker & many others on the charity song Song For Everyone for the For Everyone Charitable Foundation.
November also saw Iva perform at the Samoana Jazz Arts Festival in America Samoa, before joining Hollie Smith, Ria Hall & MC Tali on the stage at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards to perform a tribute to Legendary 'Hall Of Fame' winners Supergroove.
2015 again saw Iva Lamkum begin her year with another performance at Wellington's Homegrown Festival, joining the stage with Six60.