LUCY WOODWARD was born in London and lived in Amsterdam ’til she was 5. She moved to New York with her mother who was a musicologist-opera singer-belly dancer-school teacher and spent her summers in The Netherlands with her composer-conductor father. Lucy went to public high school in The Bronx but was accepted early at age 16 to Manhattan School of Music, dropping out after one year when she realized she “loved bebop but didn’t sing it”. She waitressed, sang jazz and blues standards for tips in NYC coffee shops, worked in cover bands, and sang on TV commercials. Lucy began writing songs, eventually signing her first record deal with Atlantic Records in 2003. She had 2 Top 40 pop hits, won 2 BMI Music Awards, toured the US, Japan, and New Zealand, and performed on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.
But Lucy left the pop world as fast as she came in and it lead her to release 3 more studio solo albums: Til They Bang On The Door (GroundUP 2016), Hooked! (Verve 2010) and the basement recorded funk/cabaret indie Hot & Bothered (Barnes & Noble 2008) – all albums rooted in blues, soul, jazz, and pop which was quite the opposite of the world she had been living in the years prior. Lucy was asked to fill in last minute for the lead singer of Pink Martini having to learn the material in Turkish, Croatian, Japanese, Spanish, and French with 6 days’ notice, performing at festivals including Montreal Jazz Fest, Ravinia, and 3 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony.
She recorded the 1.4+ million viewed song “Too Hot To Last” with Snarky Puppy which is featured on their Grammy-winning Family Dinner album and has toured opening for them internationally on and off for 10 years. Lucy has guested with European Big Bands such as WDR Big Band and Hr-Radio Big Band (Frankfurt). She has sung background vocals with legendary artists including Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and Chaka Khan and has contributed her vocals and songs to countless soundtracks such as What a Girl Wants, The Blindside, Last Vegas, and Ice Princess, where she covered the Betty Hutton/Bjork Big Band classic “It’s Oh So Quiet”, also featured in the Birds of Prey trailer and other TV commercials. The album Music!Music!Music! (2019) is the debut collaboration with legendary guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter, where they recreated vintage pop songs and classics from artists such as Terence Trent D’Arby and Bessie Smith. Having toured extensively in the US and Europe, their follow-up album I’m a Stranger Here (2021) includes songs from The Cars, Elmore James, and En Vogue. Charlie and Lucy opened for Snarky Puppy in 2019, closing the UK leg with them at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Lucy has just finished recording her 5th solo album recorded at Sonic Ranch in Texas, co-written/produced by Grammy Award producer David Garza, featuring Tim Lefevre (bass) and Amy Woods (drums), to be released in 2023. Lucy plays in Europe regularly – most recently with 4 nights at Istanbul Jazz Festival, Timisoara’s Jazz X Jazz Fest and Athens Jazz. She travels between NY, LA, and Rotterdam where she is now learning to ride a bike, eat proper cheese and speak Dutch again.
“Til They Bang On The Door, it’s brilliant. Well done, miss you in the band. Sir Rod xxx” SIR ROD STEWART (Twitter)
“What a voice…” RUSSELL CROWE (Twitter)
“…wholly fearless.” DAILY MAIL UK
“Lucy is a deep, soulful vocalist who is as versatile and virtuosic as she is passionate.” MICHAEL LEAGUE (Snarky Puppy bandleader)
“Woodward owns them all with her soul-drenched voice, a slow burn that occasionally erupts into a Mavis Staples-style inferno.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ