Lucy Spraggan netted her fourth top 40 album in January2017. She followed that success with extensive UK and European tours, and this summer makes her way to North America. And after that to Belfast, a city she is no stranger to musically and socially, for a first headliner since the record’s release.
I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing charted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. The album, the second under her own label – CTRL Records – was described as ‘a triumph’.
As well as more than 60 headline shows Lucy also performed at some of the UK’s most popular festivals, including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival.
Recognised as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase into a far wider market.
Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. Lucy signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success.
Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don McLean and Kirsty MacColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk narratives of Peter, Paul and Mary, and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B.
Her name is now synonymous to the melodic middle ground where pop and acoustic folk meet. The toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues, are hard to forget. Spraggan’s trademark sound is the rattle of rap dropped into sing-along folk-style numbers.
After releasing four albums in five years Lucy is probably due a rest, but the writing process is already underway for album number 5, due for release in early 2019, and set to release on the legendary Cooking Vinyl label.