Lady Leshurr

Rapper & Singer

Lady Leshurr, a British rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, has made a significant impact on the music industry with her unique style and powerful lyrics. She grew up in a musically inclined family, which deeply influenced her artistic journey. Her passion for music was evident from a young age, as she began exploring poetry and writing at the age of six and released her first mixtape at fourteen. Lady Leshurr’s early exposure to a variety of musical genres, particularly reggae, played by her mother, including artists like Sister Nancy and Bob Marley, significantly shaped her musical tastes and abilities. This diverse musical background laid the foundation for her future success in the music industry.

Lady Leshurr’s career took a significant turn with the release of her Queen’s Speech series of freestyles, particularly the fourth instalment, which gained widespread popularity in 2016. Her Queen’s Speech 5 was lauded as “brilliant” and “2015’s crowning freestyle” by Spin. Beyond music, Lady Leshurr has also ventured into television, winning the Channel 4 series The Celebrity Circle for Stand Up to Cancer in 2021, where she catfished as Big Narstie. Additionally, her participation in the thirteenth series of Dancing on Ice showcased her versatility and charisma, as she reached the semi-final. These achievements highlight her multifaceted talents and ability to connect with a wide audience.

Lady Leshurr’s talents extend beyond her performance skills. She played a lead role in the 2009 film 1 Day and made her first television music video appearance in 2010. Her entrepreneurial spirit is evident in her Friggin L clothing line, named after her 2011 mixtape. Her artistic and business acumen have been recognised with several awards, including the MOBO Award for Best Female Act in 2016, Best Rap/Grime Act in 2019, and Best Solo Female at the Birmingham Music Awards in 2020. She was also honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2020 for her contributions to music and charity. Her influence extended to the commercial realm, as she became the first Black British woman to lead a campaign for the beauty brand Olay in 2020.