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Lucy Woodward Biography

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Genres: Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock, Seasonal, World

Lucy Woodward (born in 1977) is an American pop/jazz singer and composer.

Woodward was born in England, and moved with her family to Amsterdam when she was three. At the age of five, her parents split up and she relocated to the Bronx with her mother. With both parents accredited musicologists, Lucy grew up surrounded by music.

She spent summers in Holland visiting her composer/conductor father (who once conducted for the BBC), learning classical music. With her mother, a music teacher who sang opera and belly danced professionally, Lucy was also raised on plenty of opera music, as well as jazz, classic soul, pop, and rock.

As a child, she learned a great deal about captivating an audience while watching her mother perform as a belly dancer, often accompanying her to gigs when babysitters were unavailable. Her mother attempted to instruct her young daughter in the art form, but Lucy preferred ballet. She learned to play the piano and flute at an early age, and started taking voice lessons at 14. She began her professional singing career at 16, and worked at a local Ben & Jerry's to help make ends meet.

Woodward found work as a session vocalist, lending her voice to various studio demos and commercial jingles. She also honed her craft by performing at coffeehouse jams, open mic nights, and singing with cover bands around New York City. She became a regular participant at weekly jam sessions at the legendary Bitter End nightclub, and at biweekly meetings of the New York songwriters' circle, where she received constructive feedback from other aspiring singer-songwriters.

Her first album, ''While You Can'' was released on April 1, 2003 through Atlantic Records. The follow-up, ''Lucy Woodward Is...Hot and Bothered'' was released exclusively on iTunes in 2007, and received a physical retail release on July 29, 2008 through an exclusive deal with Barnes & Noble. Her third album, ''Hooked'' was released on June 15, 2010 through Verve Records.