Beginning in 2016, mercurial British singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya rode a series of soulful guitar-based indie pop EPs and singles like Small Crimes and Baby Luv to widespread critical acclaim in advance of her 2019 full-length debut, Miss Universe. A West London native, Yanya played classical piano in secondary school, later developing a love for electric guitar, spurred on by her guitar teacher, Dave Okumu of the Invisible.
Her early inspirations included bands like Pixies and the Cure. As she continued writing songs, a more soulful element grew thanks to the influence of artists like Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone. After several years of hitting London’s small stages and open mikes, Yanya broke through with her acclaimed 2016 EP, Small Crimes, firmly establishing Yanya as a rising star in the U.K. indie world.