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Songwriter Lucy Spraggan has already impressed X Factor judges, Radio 1 DJs, festival organisers across the world and Columbia Records, who immediately signed her to their roster. What makes her such a valued artist to this many industry heavyweights? Her quest for truthful music that deeply connects, wherever and whoever you are, that’s what.
In her two decades of existence, Lucy’s been in rap groups, worked as a magician, trained as a plumber, travelled across America, been a tour guide in a cave, fallen from a cherry picker and had ‘Olly Murs’ tattooed onto her foot. She even studied Buddhism in Scotland. But now she’s ready to focus on music; her new album, a fusion of acoustic, folk and hip hop, is a collection of songs that’ll one minute bring you to tears, and the next make you feel like a fool for being so emo.
Growing up in Derbyshire with her mum and siblings, Lucy got her first guitar aged ten and two years later started performing anywhere she could, in front of anyone who would listen. Dolly Parton and Kirsty MacColl always played on rotation in her mum’s red Escort and, combined with an obsession with the lyrical truthfulness of Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Big Pun, Lucy’s initial bursts of creative inspiration were triggered. Drawing from these artists, as well as hook-laden mainstream pop like Taylor Swift, her fresh and innovative sound led her to be the first X Factor contestant in audition history to come back on stage for an encore. Falling ill a few weeks into the competition however, Lucy decided she wouldn’t return, realising she could take her career in a different direction. It helped that her first album, Top Room At The Zoo – which was recorded in 2011 on a £30 mic in her friend’s living room – had rocketed to Number 2 in the iTunes chart since performing on the show. Lucy Spraggan had a fanbase and didn’t need to win a competition to affirm her talents.
Since, Lucy’s fearlessness has gained her thousands of fans and a contract with the same label that looks after one of her all-time heroes, Bob Dylan. She set up camp in the studio with Sam Preston of the Ordinary Boys and rising producer James Flannigan, working on songs she’s tried and tested live and a collection of acoustic tracks inspired by travelling around the world.
With a wealth of life experience already behind her, Lucy released her new album “Join The Club” in October 2013 where it stormed into the UK Charts at No.7. It’s an album that will enthrall fans of Dylan to Ed Sheeran, hip-pop acoustica to folktale and elegiac storytelling. While her trajectory hasn’t been the most conventional one for an artist so new, every step of it has fuelled her unmistakeable songcraft. Lucy Spraggan may have experienced a lot already, but her journey has just begun.
.@lspraggan fans! she’s going to do a mini, taster performance live from @TowerDublin May 2nd ahead of her headline @whelanslive gig May 3rd
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).