Like the music of her mother and father -- Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey -- Mabel McVey's first releases weren't easy to classify but were rooted in R&B with a level of maturity beyond her years. She issued her debut efforts, Bedroom and Ivy to Roses, in 2017. While "Finders Keepers" was her first U.K. hit, she topped it with 2019's "Don't Call Me Up," which featured on an expanded reissue of Ivy.
Born in Spain and raised in London and Sweden, McVey showed a deep interest in music during early childhood and studied music production. Her parents didn't know that she was writing music until she was 16. Before she turned 20, she released her debut single, the independently released "Know Me Better" -- a moody, yearning piece of breakbeat soul. Signed to Polydor, she had her second single, "My Boy My Town," out by the end of 2015. Shortly after that, she was nominated in the BBC Sound of 2016 poll (won by Jack Garratt). In 2017, she delivered the mixtape Ivy to Roses, which included the platinum-certified single "Finders Keepers," featuring Kojo Funds. After opening for Harry Styles on his 2018 European tour, she joined Jax Jones and Rich the Kid on hit single "Ring Ring" before issuing her single "One Shot." Early the following year, her single "Don't Call Me Up" became an international hit, rising into the Top 10 across Europe and attracting viral attention in the U.S. The track was featured on the reissue of Ivy to Roses, which added six tracks to the original. ~ Andy Kellman