Lucy Billings | Carry the Water

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Carry the Water

by Lucy Billings

Featured in the May, 2015 issue of "O, The Oprah Magazine", this compelling singer-songwriter is a keen observer with a soft heart. She delivers powerful songs with a crystal clear voice. Music for social change.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Carry the Water
3:49 $0.99
2. Wyoming
2:47 $0.99
3. God's House
5:12 $0.99
4. Canyon
3:35 $0.99
5. The Answer
3:38 $0.99
6. Edge of the Ring
4:40 $0.99
7. Courage
4:18 $0.99
8. Asking You Why
5:19 $0.99
9. Freedom
3:55 $0.99
10. The Here and Now
5:04 $0.99
11. What You Gonna Do?
2:23 $0.99
12. Not Far from Me
3:55 $0.99
13. State of Blind
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Album Notes
CARRY THE WATER is a compelling journey through the twists and turns that we all experience. Without pretense, Lucy Billings explores life’s questions and struggles as a keen observer with a soft heart. A voice that is powerful yet reassuring combined with lyrics that reflect our truths, Lucy’s songs will draw the listener in.

Lucy takes personal experiences and expands them into global concepts. CARRY THE WATER, inspired by discussions with Lucy’s sister about her experiences in Africa, is a rhythmic waltz in which lush harmonies accent the story of the struggle for the most basic of necessities. ASKING YOU WHY (co-written with John Jennings) was penned in response to the 2011 shootings that occurred in Tucson, Arizona. Infused with rousing gospel elements, ASKING YOU WHY is an articulate and expressive journey on which faith and skepticism collide.

Lucy has a knack for writing well-crafted story songs, and she was sure to include some of these on CARRY THE WATER. In GOD'S HOUSE, Lucy deftly combines humorous anecdotes with a deeper examination of faith and home. In WYOMING Lucy relives childhood experiences with horses and cowboys and the “growing pains” that instilled strength and resilience in her. In WHAT YOU GONNA DO? Lucy paints an empathetic picture of a retiree who feels closed in by the sudden onset of too much freedom.

Although Lucy’s writing may reveal some painful truths, she always gives us hope. THE ANSWER with a touch of swing and standout vocals, is about giving yourself permission to follow the path that you feel in your heart, even though it may run counter to expectations of family, society or even yourself. EDGE OF THE RING is about creating a partnership in the midst of fear and scarcity of trust. COURAGE, driven by themes of hope and trepidation in the face of change, will surely resonate with the listeners.

CARRY THE WATER was produced, recorded and mixed by John Jennings at Red Hill. Basic tracks were recorded by Brett Lind at Quad Studios. Featured musicians are Lucy Billings (lead and backing vocals and acoustic guitar), John Jennings (piano and keyboards, stringed instruments, backing vocals and additional drums and percussion), Harry Stinson (drums), James T. Brown (acoustic and electric base) and Vince Santoro (percussion).

Lucy’s second album, NO OTHER ROAD, earned a five star rating from Paul Riley of Country Music People (UK), who said, “I just can’t find anything wrong with this superb disc. The songs, vocals, backing-tracks, production, and sound mix are all near to perfection.” NO OTHER ROAD climbed into the top 100 on the Americana radio chart for 3 consecutive weeks, was also among Top Albums for 2011 on the Folk DJ/L Radio Chart and was #1 on the Roots Music Report: Folk/Internet radio chart for 2 weeks, #2 for 10 weeks and in the top 20 for 18 months. The CD was also in the Top Albums and Billings was among the Top Artists on the Folk DJ/L Radio Chart for both May and June of 2011. In 2011, every track on NO OTHER ROAD received radio airplay. Continuing to chart in 2012-2013, the album placed in the top five on the Roots Music Report: Folk/Internet for 6 consecutive months, ultimately reaching #2.

Lucy has been hailed by the press as one who “tells great stories via song” (Vintage Guitar), whose “convincing ways with words carry over like a dream” (Hittin The Note), and who “writes with the confident air of a practiced storyteller” (Wildy’s World). ICON Fetch dubbed No Other Road a “great listen by an up and coming artist.” called the album a “wonderful combination of “shine” and substance” and an “instant winner,” and concluded “it is the substance – the melodic flow and refreshingly honest lyrics – that makes the album enduringly enjoyable. Laced with engaging personal stories, thought-provoking themes, instrumental nuances, and interesting chord progressions, NO OTHER ROAD never loses its appeal, no matter how many times I listen to it.”

In addition to her musical achievements, Lucy has worked as a cowgirl, scientist and attorney and now lives in Nashville.



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