Interview: Lucy Spraggan talks to us about fans, life and the future

Beer Fear, Boobs & Pride…
Following a short-lived appearance on X-Factor, something which she is clear to acknowledge was a spring board to all that’s happened in her career throughout 2013, Lucy Spraggan has rocketed onto the pop music scene. No stranger to writing, gigging, recording, with her quirky, extremely likeable, original acoustic-folk-hip-hop style, it’s fantastic to see this young musician take off in a scene that has been dominated by boys with their guitars for the last few years.

And she’s stayed as humble as she came across in those early X-Factor audition days, still stating she’s just a girl who
likes to play her guitar.

She lists her influences amongst the likes of Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Judy Garland, Petula Clark, Offspring, Limp Bizkit and Kirsty McColl – an ecclectic mix of styles that reflect her songs – beautiful lyrically told stories, that often pierce deep down or express humour of situations her fans will surely be familiar with.

Lucy says that she appreciates her loyal fans, and that “Its really nice to be able to hear from the young gay people around the world and when they say that I inspire them it’s amazing.” There aren’t many young, out gay singers in the charts, so Lucy is carrying the flag.

It’s great to see her keeping a strong connection to the LGBT scene, playing numerous Pride events this summer, she says “it’s great to be playing Pride on bigger stages than I have done before. I’ve played Manchester Pride since 2009
so it’s always been really important to me.”

And the fans appreciate that Lucy is out there gigging and performing. Some show their appreciation more than others, and Lucy describes her best reaction from a fan at the V Festival, when an audience member flashed the singer mid-song – “and they were great tits!” she reports.

As well as the live performances, it’s been a successful year in the studio too – Lucy’s favourite moment of the year was getting signed to Columbia Records (Beyonce’s label Lucy’s always proud to state). The first single from the forthcoming album Join the Club, Lighthouse, charted in July, and the popular Last Night the song that introduced Lucy to the ears of many eager fans, is being released next week. Lucy is “really looking forward” to the album release. [And so are we!]

Happily the new album is followed by a tour, of venues around the country, with the highlight being what will be Lucy’s biggest gig to date at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 30. For that, Lucy says she “Can’t bloody wait!”.

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