Lucy Rose Parton (born 20 June 1989), known as Lucy Rose, is an English singer-songwriter from Warwickshire, England. She contributed vocals on the Bombay Bicycle Club albums, Flaws and A Different Kind of Fix. Her solo debut album, Like I Used To was released in September 2012.
Born in Frimley, Surrey, England, Rose’s musical origins began with her playing drums in her school orchestra, her songwriting started writing tunes on her family home’s piano, she later bought a guitar from a shop she passed on the way to school, taught herself and began writing material at around the age of sixteen. Rose never played her material for anyone until she left home after completing her A-levels. At eighteen, she moved to London; but instead of taking her place at University College London to study geography,she began experimenting and performing with other musicians including David Best, a London based singer songwriter. It was at this time when she met Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club. After becoming friends Steadman asked if she would like to perform vocals on a song he had written and was recording. The acoustic album Flaws came out with Steadman on lead vocals, and Rose performing backing vocals most notably on the title track “Flaws”, as well as others on the album. She also performs some backing vocal duties on Bombay Bicycle Club’s latest album, A Different Kind of Fix.
Rose often plays with a band, including the guitar player Björn Ågren, drummer Sam Nadel, bassist Simba Bhebhe, who booked Lucy for her first ever open mic with eARmusic, and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Eichenberger.
Rose’s music videos have received a lot of positive attention online, many of her videos are shot by close friend Orestes Mitas.
A fan of tea, Rose began selling her own blend named ‘Builder Grey’ (two part English Breakfast and one part Earl Grey) at her shows as a substitute for merchandise or CDs.
Vogue magazine has stated that she is “one of indie music’s breakout stars for 2012”.
Her song, “Don’t You Worry” appeared on the TV show Skins on the second episode of the sixth season.
“Night Bus” appeared on the TV show “Catfish: The TV Show” on the tenth episode of the first season.
In 2012, Lucy Rose started recording her debut album Like I Used To, with producer Charlie Hugall at her parents’ house in Warwickshire. It was released on 24 September and can be streamed in full online.
On 12 May 2012, she was signed to the record label Columbia Records.
Rose then began touring the UK, the United States and Canada with Bombay Bicycle Club, and Noah And The Whale in February and March 2012.She played at the Live at Leeds festival in May 2012.She played a set at the Bread & Rose’s stage at Kent’s Hop Farm Festival on 30 June, the same day as Bob Dylan. She played at The Magic Loungeabout (Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire) in July 2012. She also played at Latitude Festival in July 2012, Y Not Festivaland Green Man Festival in August 2012,and Bestival in September 2012. She also played Reading/Leeds Festival 2012, and performed an acoustic version of “Bikes”, a single from the album, on BBC Three, during their coverage of the festival. Lucy also headlined the main stage on Friday of Fieldview Festival near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
- Lucy Rose – Like I Used To (timothyunderwood.wordpress.com)
- ‘Shiver’ – Lucy Rose Review for Six of the Best (November 2012) (lucyvictoria.wordpress.com)
- Live Video: Lucy Rose (kexp.org)