Meet Ma­bel

The singer is de­scended from mu­sic roy­alty but she’s mak­ing it on her own

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Ma­bel McVey (23) is the daugh­ter of ’90s icon Neneh Cherry and su­per-pro­ducer Cameron McVey, who worked with Su­gababes, Mas­sive At­tack, All Saints and his wife, Neneh.

Ma­bel’s first al­bum, High Ex­pec­ta­tions, is due out in July, al­most ex­actly 30 years af­ter Neneh dropped her de­but, Raw Like Sushi.

She worked hard to keep her mu­si­cal her­itage dis­creet – de­ter­mined to make it on her own and prove that she had what it takes to be­come a star.

“I’m not em­bar­rassed to say I’m their daugh­ter,” she told NME. “I work hard and I’m very sep­a­rate from what my par­ents do.”

Grow­ing up, she says, “I felt quite em­bar­rassed by be­ing my mum and dad’s daugh­ter. I thought, ‘Peo­ple will never take me se­ri­ously’.

“But ac­tu­ally, the older I get, the prouder I be­come of the things they’ve ac­com­plished. Like, my mum’s sung for Nel­son Man­dela [at a 1990 trib­ute con­cert in Lon­don], and my dad pro­duced one of my favourite al­bums of all time [Mas­sive At­tack’s de­but, Blue Lines].”


The Span­ish-born, Stock­holm-raised singer has had six tracks on the sin­gles chart since 2017, and two in the top 10 – Finders Keep­ers fea­tur­ing Kojo Funds, and this year’s pop banger Don’t Call Me Up.

But don’t ask her for de­tails about her up­com­ing al­bum.

“I can’t even talk about [it] yet,” she told GQ. “No one can fully un­der­stand the feel­ing or the emo­tion I had when I wrote these songs. I like that the al­bum right now is still my baby. I’m not ready to let it go yet.”

All she would let out was that she “wanted to make some­thing that’s go­ing to tell a story”.

What she’s not se­cre­tive about, is her am­bi­tion. “I want to be re­ally suc­cess­ful and sell loads of records!”

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