Photo by Ian Dingle

Photo by Ian Dingle

Alva grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, an hour east of New Orleans. In 2005, she moved to Nashville to study religion and literature at Belmont University, performing and writing on the Nashville circuit all throughout university. 

With pretty melodies and lush vocals that nod to the likes of Rilo Kiley and Regina Spektor, Alva’s brooding piano pop has received commercial success over in the States when her single 'Calling Me' was used in an episode of the TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Before moving to the UK in 2012, Alva released a covers EP of duets with Natalie Prass, Matthew Perryman Jones and more.

Her latest album, Modern Love Songs (2014) features ten piano-led folk-pop songs with subtle country tones and classic arrangements. 


Once upon a time, she kept a blog about songwriting, living in London, what inspired her. You can view the archive here