Friday 9 June 2017

LUCY WOODWARD

'Til They Bang On The Door'-Album Tour

Lucy Woordward has just finished college, when she gets gigs in New York to sing some jazz standards. She regularily performs with cover bands and she writes songs for other performers. A label of legendary proportions, Atlantic Records, then is struck by her talent and offers her a deal; in 2003, Lucy Woodward releases her first album, ‘While You Can’. She manages to break into the Top40 with her hit song ‘Dumb Girls’ and Stacy Orrico scores a Top5-hit with Lucy’s song ‘There’s Gotta Be’.

‘Lucy Woodward deserves a larger audience’, was the headline of the Patronaat’s (a music venue in Haarlem) review from when she performed there in December. This is absolutely and undeniably true, because her music is an energetic mix of jazz, pop, R&B and New Orleans rhythms. It wasn’t just because that she got to sing along on Snarky Puppy’s ‘Family Dinner’.

 

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However, Lucy Woodward is not looking for a career in pop music. The successor to her self-titled album, was ‘Hot and Bothered’ (2008), which was produced by Itaal Shur (Santana, Maxwell) and Tim K (Tiny Hearts) and this album brings out Lucy’s jazzy side. Two years later, ‘Hooked!’ was released by Velvet Records; this album is a great mix of swing and pop and it was produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie).

Through Verve, she gets in touch with Snarky Puppy’s frontman, Michael League; that encounter has lead to Lucy’s newest work, ‘Till They Bang On’, which will be released by League’s own label, GroundUP. This is an all-star production with Snakry Puppy members Cory Henry and League himself, plus producer/keyboardist Henry Hey (David Bowie, George Michael). Aside from her solo career, Lucy Woordward has been working with some big cheeses like Rod Steward, Celine Dion, Carole King and Joe Cocker.

Lucy Woodward rises to great heights and reaches Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. Such moments have made me fall for Lucy Woodward's musical charm.

Erwin Zijleman, Popblogspot