Lucy Never Felt More Like Singing The Blues

photography: www.goldfishphotographic.comSinging is in Lucy White’s blood and she loves nothing more than reeling off one of her favourite jazz or blues standards, telling the District Post: “My dad loved jazz so I was brought up listening to it and I inherited his record collection. The wonderful compositions and lyrics- and the beautiful arrangements really excite me and I like doing my bit to keep the iconic big band swing and jazz standards going.” Lucy’s first song was her cover version of Peggy Lee’s Black Coffee. Julie London’s Cry Me A River was soon added to Lucy’s repertoire and she is also a big fan of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Judy Garland describing them as: “All very special singers with their own distinctive styles and phrasing.”

Broadbridge Heath based Lucy honed her art performing with a band and is constantly developing her skills with assignments at weddings and birthday parties and singing with a friend’s band in local halls and pubs, recently adding Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ to her ever growing song list. Lucy adds: “On my mother’s side of the family my gran used to sing, accompanied by her sister on the piano – their duo entertained the troops, so it’s appropriate that I’m continuing the music from that time!”

Gardening is the other string to Lucy’s bow – she runs her own design, supply and garden maintenance business, which she greatly enjoys but says: “I’ve just been to see the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Hackney Empire and they put on a real masterclass of the big band music that I love – this was such an inspirational experience and has encouraged me to keep practising numbers like Fever, Night and Day and The Man That Got Away. I’m writing a few lyrics of my own and have come up with some melodies, too, but I’m so passionate about the fabulous music from my father’s era and just want to sing more and more of it!”

Martin Read – Entertainment Reporter, The District Post