Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Clearwater.
Lucy is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. With influences from Eva Cassidy, James Taylor, Norah Jones, and Joni Mitchell, Lucy has a very unique, acoustic sound and seeks to spread positivity and feeling through her music. With a classical background in violin, she began teaching at age 12 and eventually had a full studio offering lessons in violin, piano, guitar, ukulele and singing, inspiring children and adults to have music be a part of their lives. However, her passion for her own music led her to graduate from high school a year early, leave her hometown of Lafayette, and move to Los Angeles so she could further pursue her career as a performing and recording artist. Here she is constantly playing shows, collaborating with other artists, and reminding the music industry that hard work and real talent still exists.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an acoustic singer-songwriter. My music genre could be called indie/folk or new-acoustic. When I perform, its generally just me and my guitar and sometimes I’ll have a cellist and/or percussionist accompany me. The idea is to keep it really organic and raw. I personally think that some of the best music is the most simple and unsaturated, not over-produced. If I had it my way, all the biggest radio hits would be like it was back in the time when Joni Mitchell and Carol King were in the spotlight. Make people feel. Good emotions, sad emotions. Heal people. Tear down the walls that so many of us have built up because of past heartbreaks or childhood trauma. Show everyone that we are all connected. Unify humanity by making people feel things and relate to each other through sound.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
How to stand out in today’s music industry?! Because of technology and how anyone can release songs themselves nowadays, it’s hard to get your music into the right hands and heard by the right people. There is SO much music out there so the question is, how to make yourself stand out and get noticed.
Anyone can record really good quality music even from their own bedroom. You don’t need a professional studio and a famous producer to create an amazing track. But how can you get to the point where your songs are getting millions of streams on Spotify when there is so much out there to listen to?