By the time she blew out the candles for her 25th birthday, Lucy Wijnands had already toured Europe, Israel and Japan, won the Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition, and graduated as an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar and President’s Award recipient for jazz studies at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. Naturally, she is now a regular on the NYC jazz scene including a residency at the prestigious Mezzrow Jazz Club in the West Village.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Lucy was surrounded by all kinds of music. Her mother is an art historian and self-proclaimed “defender of the groove,” who brought the funk, soul and rock. Her father is one the few living masters of stride piano. As a toddler, Lucy learned to swing seated on her father's lap while his hands moved up and down the piano. Growing up in this unique environment is what made Lucy what is today. She nurtured a maturity and poise in her voice that defies her age, paired with her free-spirited expression of story-telling through song.
Lucy's first record release, "Something Awaits" not only serves as documentary evidence that art is the process of being lost and found all at once, but it also imprints the convergence of lifelong influences that paved the way before the destination itself was known. This is only the beginning for Lucy Wijnands.