Radio 1 have pinned their colours affirmatively to her mast and together with Radio 2 and 6Music Lucy Rose has already performed sessions and been interviewed by Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq. Joining the alumni of the airwaves in recognising Lucy’s formidable song writing prowess were Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Edith Bowman and Fearne Cotton, and over at R2 : Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and again, Lamo.
Heady stuff for this elfin redhead, who four years ago escaped her Midlands rural home; this however is no overnight success story. Sure enough Lucy Rose made her way to London with dreams of streets paved with gold but also with a determination that belies her waifish form. Lucy spent the time grafting at open-mic nights, busking, promoting her own shows and forming allegiances with other young up-and-coming denizens of the arts. Along the road she collaborated with photographers, video makers and most prominently formed a lasting partnership with Bombay Bicycle Club, becoming their unofficial fifth member, if you will. Lucy sang on the title track of their last record Flaws and sings on eight songs on their current acclaimed Top 10 album.
Turning the tables, BBC’s Jack Steadman has now returned the favour and can be heard performing backing vocals on Scar the forthcoming follow-up to her tremendous August debut. And what a follow-up Scar is. With the translucent cracked porcelain vocals and a palpable sense of heartbreak shrouding the lyrics, Scar is a song that demonstrates Lucy Rose’s astonishing ability to tap into that most personal of heartaches and turn it into an episode brimful of empathy, innocence and heart bursting human warmth.
In the run up to the 15 November physical release of Scar Lucy Rose will be touring with three of the country’s hottest young artists. Touring compadres include Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard as well as support and backing vocal appearances with Bombay Bicycle Club.