Laura IzborNEW YORK (March 20, 2010) - Laura Izibor, the hard-working 22 year-old singing sensation, is gearing up for a thrilling performance at the 2010 Saint Lucia Jazz festival, from May 1 to 9 in Saint Lucia this year.

Booked to perform on Wednesday, May 5 at the Gaiety indoor venue in Rodney Bay, the Irish soul singer recently delivered a show-stopping performance at New York's SOB's entertainment venue last month, after which she expressed her enthusiasm for visiting the Caribbean paradise.

"I am excited, it's also going to be my vacation," she disclosed, while meeting fans backstage. "I plan on reaping all the benefits of Saint Lucia! I heard it's a wonderful gig to do and I am honored to be asked, and really, really look forward to going out there," she added, explaining that while her music has a lot of ballads, "the show has a lot of energy - it's soulful and most importantly we'll have fun!"

Currently touring the US, Laura Izibor is described as one of Rolling Stone magazine's "Artists to Watch" and her voice has been compared to greats like Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys and her writing to that of Carole King and Joan Armatrading.

This past week, the Dublin soul star met US President Barack Obama at the White House for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

"We have heard so much about Laura's amazing career and we're honored she'll be here to share her gifts, talents and abilities with Saint Lucians as well as with visitors to the island," said Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. "And in turn, we look forward to delivering the vacation of a lifetime to this incredible musician," he said.

For a full concert schedule with updates about the line-up and information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1 (888) 4-STLUCIA or visit www.stluciajazz.org or www.saintlucianow.com.

Fans can also follow the Saint Lucia Tourist Board on Twitter at @SLTB2010 and on Facebook under the fan group, 'Saint Lucia Jazz'.

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies' Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The "Helen of the West Indies," Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a tropical rainforest and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. For information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1 (888) 4-STLUCIA, or visit www.saintlucianow.com.