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Sometimes I can really be too much, so it does fit me,” Isobel Bizu Beardshaw says of her middle name, which means ‘too much’ in Ethiopian, where her mother is from. “I was a really big baby, so my mum looked at me and was like…” she adds, before launching into laughter, something she does constantly throughout our interview.

Better known as Izzy Bizu, the British singer-songwriter shot to fame after releasing her debut album A Moment of Madness , which clocked up over 225 million global streams and included massive hits Someone that Loves You and White Tiger. It saw her shortlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2016 and the Brits Critic Choice; and win the BBC Music Introducing Award. She has also supported Sam Smith, Alicia Keys and Coldplay on tour.

Her second album is due for release in 2021 and she’s been dropping tracks from it since September. “I’ve had so much inspiration because of, dare I say it, lockdown. I’m actually really enjoying life and feeling very creative. Like I did at the start of my career, which is something that’s really hard to get back.”

As well as writing new material for the album during that time, Izzy moved twice, “But I only had two suitcases, so it was pretty much an Uber ride,” she jokes. First off it was into a friend’s house when the lease on her London flat ran out. “That was a bit inconvenient, but I moved in

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