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Lucy Woodward Is...Hot & Bothered

by Lucy Woodward

Smart and sassy women vocalists may sound like the flavor of 2008, but Lucy Woodward has been blazing her own path since the 2003 release of her Top 40 hit “Dumb Girls.”
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Is Gonna Getcha
3:25 album only
2. Use What I Got
4:06 album only
3. Slow Recovery
4:33 album only
4. Submarine Love
4:15 album only
5. You Found Me Out
4:18 album only
6. Hot & Bothered
4:13 album only
7. What I Can Do
4:04 album only
8. Geographical Cure
4:10 album only
9. Sugar
3:59 album only
10. Too Much to Live For
3:45 album only
11. Don\'t Wanna Love Again
3:49 album only
12. I Won\'t Care
5:07 album only


Album Notes
Lucy Woodward began her musical life the moment she was born. Lucy's father was a composer and conductor for the BBC Singers and director of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Her mother was a belly dancer/musicologist/opera singer. After living in Amsterdam briefly, Lucy moved with her family to New York when she was five. "I was lucky to have had such an international lifestyle when I was so young, because it's a big part of who I am today," she says. When she was in high school, her mother became a music teacher and moved the family to the Bronx. Lucy found other kids who "wanted to sing everywhere," she recounts. "You couldn't stop us. We'd sing and dance Salsa." The first songs she recorded were House music, because "everyone's dad or brother had a studio in his basement." Lucy found singing that kind of music "liberating and improvisationally freeing" and she began to write her own songs.

An exceptional talent and terrific live performer, Lucy is already a young veteran of the music business. Lucy's song "Dumb Girls" from her Atlantic Records 2003 debut album `While You Can' was a Top 40 chart hit, which allowed her to tour internationally as well as garner her significant press exposure including a spot on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

Lucy's song "There's Gotta Be More To Life" earned her a BMI Songwriter's Award and she's recorded songs for several film soundtracks including `What A Girl Wants,' `First Daughter' and `Accepted,' as well as covering Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet" for Disney's `Ice Princess.' "My good friend Jamie Houston who I wrote with on my first record was producing the track. The song took about an hour to cut, and in that time I knew I had the inspiration for my next record. That vocal made me open up in ways I hadn't done before. It was really satisfying." Lucy plunged back into her record collection and pulled out all the recordings of her favorite songstresses – singers like the sassy powerhouse Etta James and the wild and idiosyncratic entertainer Betty Hutton, who had originated "It's Oh So Quiet" in the early 1950s. "Her fearlessness just blew me away." But, Lucy adds, "I have so many musical influences, and I knew I needed this record to allow for that. I am a singer fan. When a singer can make her voice dance, that's what moves me."

After the success of `While You Can,' Lucy felt a shift in her songwriting inspiration. "I kept coming back to three albums in my collection: Julie London, Ray Charles, and the soundtrack of `The Jungle Book.' They were triggering something in me I hadn't felt in a while and I knew I was brewing up the sound for my next bunch of songs."

Lucy's new album, `Lucy Woodward...Is Hot & Bothered' was co-produced by Itaal Shur, her longtime friend and collaborator and Tim K., of the House/Electronica duo Home & Garden. A multiple award-winning composer, Itaal is best known for having written the smash hit "Smooth" for Santana which won the 'Song of the Year' Grammy in 1999. "All of our songs were written on piano or guitar but Tim was integral in tying the songs to all the strings, melotrons, horns, beats and whatever else we could muster up to make our sonic template," says Itaal. "Writing solid songs and having this innovative soundscape to showcase them on was our goal."

Lucy, Itaal and Tim K. teamed up to create a funky, sultry, pop/torch song record with twisted beats. The title song, "Hot and Bothered" takes the melody of a Yiddish lullaby Lucy's grandmother sang to her as a baby. "It turned out pretty racy, but I still think Grandma Sylvia would approve if she heard it now," Lucy says. "Lucy and I wrote the song 'Hot and Bothered' before she recorded the Atlantic album," says Itaal. "I felt `While You Can' was good, but only scratched the surface of who she was as an artist. I told her I wanted to make an album with her that was totally 100% bona-fide Lucy. I wanted to capture the rambunctious, whimsical, funky, melancholy, sexy, soulful, playful, and explosive Lucy that I had known for years."

Recently, Lucy performed on "American Idol" judge and superstar producer Randy Jackson's debut album for Concord Records, which was released this past March. This year, she sang background vocals on Celine Dion's latest release, `Taking Chances.' Lucy's journeys have led her further from New York each year, and to Kenya many times. In 2006, she went to Rwanda to visit an AIDS village that she and her friends had been raising money for. Another year they brought school supplies to a Nicaraguan children's refugee camp. "Most of my friends are musicians, so we had a talent show. We sang Bob Marley songs to the kids, and they sang us songs about Jesus. We had our broken Spanish, and they didn't speak a word of English, so music was the only thing that connected us." Lucy was asked to sing for Desmond Tutu at a benefit for his foundation in Dallas, and she sang with Carole King at another benefit in New York. Just this summer, Lucy and some friends visited a shelter in Kigali, Rwanda that helps women who have been traumatized by the 1994 genocide to get back on their feet. In the same trip, they visited Cura, an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya where they spent a couple of days singing songs with the children and painting animals on their bedroom doors.

Lucy is currently performing The Hot & Bothered sessions around New York and Los Angeles. Here's what some of the press have said about Lucy's new album:

"A steamy, string-kissed slice of retro British pop by a versatile singer/songwriter." - USA Today

"A sonic turnstile that flips through dreamy pop, jazz and bluesy bebop, first single "Slow Recovery" lovingly revisits '60s Britpop, with a cool
finger-snapping rhythm, stings of strings and percussive snaps, and a performance that fosters an image of the vocalist clinging to the mic stand with one hand, glass of champagne in the other and a faraway look in
her eyes, toying sensuously with her audience. The album boasts staggering versatility as Woodward transitions to new wave-y "Sub Love," Shirley Bassey-esque "Love Is Gonna" and torchy "I Won't Care." Lucy's a ball, equally appreciable for fans of melodic singalong baubles and highbrow aficionados of finely honed musical composition." - Billboard



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