London based singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins hails from the small town of Burnley, Lancashire. With visits to Italy and France under her belt by the time she was 18 years old, Lucy began gigging solo at just 16. She picked up the guitar aged 12 after inheriting one from her late Uncle and began songwriting early on.
Her first album “Chasing Clocks” debuted in 2013 to good reviews and airplay from national BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6, with respected country magazine, Maverick Magazine saying: “There are not too many debut albums as promising as this” (4 stars) and R2 Magazine praising the album for it’s “modern folk-tinged country” sound and Lucy’s vocal delivery.
Featuring pedal steel legend BJ Cole and Richard Causon (Tom Jones, Ryan Adams) on keys, the album’s material was written and arranged by Lucy, and produced by mentor and long time friend, Michael Messer, who she met at the European Blues Association week, age 15, after receiving the Sam Mitchell Scholarship. They made the bold decision together to record the album in an analogue environment at Liam Watson’s (co-producer) Toe Rag Studios, recording live with minimal overdubbing.
In November 2015 Lucy released “What’s in Front of Me”, a six track follow up EP to “Chasing Clocks”. Featuring Lucy’s live touring band “The Southern Company” including Andy Crowdy, Simon Price and Pete Billington, it features an eclectic mix of vocals, double bass, guitar, strings, keys, organ and drums and percussion. The EP encompasses a mix of genres, from country stomper “Changing Ground”, to the celtic folk inspired “You Won’t Remember Me”, to the blues rock influenced “Worry and the Wine”. Self penned, the EP was recorded and mixed by Jim Knight (Leona Lewis, The Kooks) of Knight Time Studios in Ealing. R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) Magazine reviewed the EP saying: “Still in her early twenties, if she can continue to write songs of this calibre, Lucy Zirins will become a major player”. EP track “Mercy” was recently picked up by the nationally syndicated BBC Mark Forrest show which showcases the best of local BBC radios and goes out across all 39 stations.
Lucy has received a number of accolades including being picked by the PRS as one of their “Class of 2010” for her promise as a young UK songwriter at just 18 years old. She was a UK Country Radio songwriter finalist (2014) and has been nominated for the British Blues Awards in various categories both as a songwriter and artist for the past 4 years, winning in 2013. Lucy continues to tour and begins work on her next studio album in 2016.
What are the press saying about Lucy Zirins?
- “Lucy Zirins is a young lady going places” – The Yorkshire Times
- “Still in her early twenties, if she can continue to write songs of this calibre, Lucy Zirins will become a major player” – R2 (Rock ʻnʼ Reel) Magazine on “Whatʼs in Front of Me”
- “Like that!” – BBC Mark Forrest Show
- “Songs so delicate that they could make a grown man cry” – BBC Radio Lancashire Introducing
- “Seriously brilliant” – Nick Dow, BBC Radio Lancashire
- “Move over Carole King and Joni Mitchell, there’s a new sheriff in town” – Classic Rock Presents The Blues Magazine
- “Shot through with naturalness and purity” – Keith Ames, The Musician
- “Lucy’s songwriting displays an astonishing maturity and confidence which belie her youth… a young artist who is clearly going places” - FATEA Magazine
- Incredible songwriting… beautiful, heartfelt numbers… phenomenal vocal range… Lucy’s latest genre defying EP blurs the lines from country to folk to blues. With the rising popularity of country music in the UK, “What’s in Front of Me” stands to put Lucy Zirins in good stead. We look forward of more to come from her very bright future.” - National Blues Review on “What’s in Front of Me”
- “There is not much higher praise you can give other than to say that there are not too many debut albums as promising as this” – Maverick Magazine on “Chasing Clocks”
- “(A) beautifully produced debut album… Modern folk-tinged country that perfectly suits the singer’s voice…In Zirins’ voice there’s a delicacy mixed with strength and an authentic country twang. Her delivery is impeccable and well judged for one so young” - R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) Magazine on “Chasing Clocks”
- “The music produced by Lucy has a special magic that is more than just talent. The guitar and voice meld into a harmonious outpouring of music” – Blues Matters Magazine
- “Listening to Lucy Zirins is like hearing a fairy tale for the first time. Her voice has an ethereal purity while her songs weave stories like spells” - Blues In Britain Magazine
- “Great British music weaving great musical traditions together, creating a modern fresh sound… Lucy’s songwriting skills are awesome.” – Blues Matters! Magazine
- “Listening to Lucy is like sampling a fine wine after drinking the regular stuff. Beautiful songs, beautifully sung.” - Man in the Hat Blog