Lucy-Anne’s versatile vocal style has been shaped by the likes of gospel duo Mary Mary, Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few, the latter of which inspired her to beginning singing Jazz after she heard Fitzgerald’s rendition of Someone to Watch Over Me. Her love for Jazz and performance has been nurtured at school, where she sings as a much-anticipated performer in the annual Jazz Evening, at formal affairs and in the school concerts and various internal competitions.
She enjoys putting her own flair on standards, the most recent being in a series of performances exploring the use of just bass and voice. By much contrast, she also relishes the larger ensemble setting as the vocalist for the school Big Band, with whom she competed in the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham’s Town Hall.
As of September 2019, she has been the vocalist for the Leeds Youth Jazz and Rock Orchestra with whom she has performed at the Leeds Town Hall, The Kirkstall Festival and will be performing at the Flensburg Music Festival next July. Whether it be singing with the intimate accompaniment of a rhythm section or supporting a Big Band number, for Lucy-Anne, performance is a pleasant mix of vulnerability and confident self-expression, which in the same vein is why she is a keen songwriter. Pulling on Jazz, Funk, R&B, Soul and Neo-soul influences, she hopes to release an EP of her original music in the near future.
Having decided to take her passion for Jazz further, she intends to begin her undergraduate studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2020.
The Female Vocalist Chair is supported by The Wavendon Foundation.