Though you may be hearing her name for the first time, Lucy Stone has a voice that’s hard to forget. A Philadelphia native, the 20 year-old songstress has already dedicated herself to more projects than a person has fingers. Picking up the guitar at an early age, Lucy was performing original compositions by 12, and teaching voice lessons by 16, constantly forming new groups in which to experiment with different musical styles. Having opened for national acts such as The Dirty Projectors, Cymbals Eat Guitars, B.o.B and Major Lazer, the young college student has just finished working with multi-platinum recording artist Rusted Root on their upcoming album.
Transitioning from a multi-band repertoire to her newly formed solo project, Lucy released her first EP, Would You? in late April. Showcasing a unique lyrical style, the songs are intricately crafted, and were recorded in West Philadelphia by Brandon Bost, Paul Impellizeri, Isaac Louis and Sean Donaghy, the current members of the band. With a variety of folk-inspired harmonies and re-vamped vintage guitar tones, the bass and drums drive the arrangements, tastefully borrowing a 60’s pop sensibility that defines the blues-based indie-pop band.
Those unfamiliar with her previous work have cited her as “sleeper talent, with the name to succeed,” claiming that her song “Out of Time” “deserves more than your attention” for it’s “refreshingly unique hook and raw vocal skills.” Also piquing the interest of several music blogs, Bruce Warren, program director at XPN, calls Lucy a “very promising up and coming artist,” whose “wonderful three-song EP” is “excellently arranged, these pop songs bring to mind the work of Natalie Merchant and Paula Cole.”
Since the EP’s release, Lucy was named “Philadelphia’s Artist of the Month” by Deli Magazine, and has revisited venues such as The North Star Bar and World Café Live Downstairs with her newly structured band. With several festival appearances scheduled this summer, Lucy is set to announce the dates for their September tour within the next few weeks.