Til They Bang On The Door marks Lucy Woodward's long-awaited fourth solo return with her debut release on GroundUP Music/Verve/Universal -- the breakthrough indie label started by Snarky Puppy's Michael League. Looking for “crazy, low brass instrumentation with feminine vocals,” she paired up with an all-star recording cast, featuring co-producer Michael League, co-producer/ keyboardist extraordinaire Henry Hey (David Bowie, George Michael), organist Cory Henry and core musicians from Snarky Puppy. “I had been touring with Snarky Puppy which is what sparked the whole concept. In pretty much one Skype conversation with Henry, Mike and I, we knew where this was going to go. I wanted to surf on a wave of horns.”
The unfolding romantic twists and turns Woodward embraces on Bang is matched by the dramatic fits in her music: opening with the Shirley Bassey-style “Ladykiller”, the album eventually segues into the funk/pop single “Live Live Live” and one guaranteed live sing-a-long “Be My Husband” (recorded with the ever-soulful Everett Bradley) before ending—like the moment after a big storm settles—with the beautiful piano ballad “Free Spirit”. Ruth Brown’s “I Don’t Know” has been part of Woodward’s live arsenal for years, as well as a new take on “Too Hot to Last,” featuring a trombone choir as a backdrop for the piece. Originally the song was performed by Woodward with Snarky Puppy on their 2013 Grammy-winning Family Dinner (Vol. 1) album.
The daughter of two classical musicians, Woodward spent her childhood, as she puts it “music-making and creating”. Fresh out of school, she was singing jazz on Bleecker St. for tips, singing in cover bands and writing songs before signing with Atlantic Records—a time period that saw her score a Top 40 hit in 2003 with “Dumb Girls” and another Top 5 hit she wrote for Stacie Orrico called “(There's Gotta Be) More to Life”, earning her 2 BMI Awards.
But Woodward had no desire to be a pop starlet: her follow-up, the jazzier Lucy Woodward is...Hot and Bothered was released in a unique indie arrangement with Barnes and Noble in the U.S. This, in turn, was followed by Hooked!, an album of Brill Building meets swing-styled songs, released on Verve in 2010 -- which coincidentally distributes the GroundUP label -- and produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie).
In addition to her solo career, Woodward has recorded with Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Celine Dion, Carole King, Snarky Puppy and Joe Cocker and has toured as a band member filling in for the lead singer of Pink Martini singing in Croatian, Japanese, French, Turkish and Spanish. Her songs and vocals have been heard in movies including What a Girl Wants, The Blind Side, Music and Lyrics, First Daughter, Manhattan Nocturne and Ice Princess, where she sang the Bjork Big Band classic “It’s Oh So Quiet”. In 2017, Lucy will be touring in Europe and the U.S.
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