Biographie de l'artiste pour Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys
There are few things as inspiring as pure, unfettered talent in a hard-working, humble artist. Lucy Kruger is one of the few artists on the SA music scene that possesses all of these attributes and it shows in her work. Lucy recently launched her debut album ‘Cut Those Strings’ (produced by Schalk Joubert and engineered by Dave Langemann) which features a host of innovative artists including Inge Beckmann, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Melissa Van Der Spuy and Albert Frost, yet promises to remain true to the sound her growing fan-base has come to know and love.
Lucy isn’t a novice when it comes to the music industry. She has been writing and performing her own material for six years and has in the past had the pleasure to open for international acts such as Linton Kwezi Johnson (LKJ) and Shawn Phillips. Further well-deserved accolades include achieving third place in the 2012 Barleycorn songwriting competition, as well as ranking among the top 12 entries for this year’s Bushmill Band Search. Lucy has also been included in the line-up for the Rolling Stones weekend (14-15 September 2012), showcasing SA’s most promising young artists, and recently numbered among the emerging artists chosen for the Big Issue ‘Young blood, fresh talent’ survey.
Lucy have already played at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (2012), White Mountain Festival (2012), Rock the River SA (2012/13) and Up The Creek (2013). She also played with The Very Wicked at the following festivals; Rocking the Daisies (2012), Synergy (2012) and RAMfest (2013).
Originally from Johannesburg, Lucy arrived in Cape Town last year after completing her undergraduate degree in Music and her Honours in Drama at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. This inspiring young artist has taken the notoriously hardnosed South African music scene by storm with her fresh take on indie/alternative rock – a sound which is rooted in a rich tapestry of skilful, versatile vocals bolstered by soulful melodies.
The first single off the album “Four White Walls” is currently play-listed on MFM, RSG, UCT Radio, PUK FM, Kovsie FM and Zone Radio to name a few.
Says Lucy of how she came to make music: “I started playing guitar because I wanted to write music. One of the first songs I learnt on the guitar was Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’. After hearing that song and feeling what it was to play it, I was completely hooked. After setting my heart on music I was constantly reminded (and still am) about how difficult the music industry is. Difficult perhaps, but hopefully not impossible. I want and love it enough to give it (and myself) a fighting chance. I am slowly starting to discover the rules of an industry that ‘has no rules’. It is certainly keeping me on my toes and that is an exciting place to be.”
It is this strong work ethic and drive to succeed that underscores all of Lucy’s endeavours and it set to launch her inimitable sound on the SA music scene.
Lucy also recently released her first music video. Spare, stripped-down and honest, the music video for Lucy Kruger’s sweeping ballad ‘Heart of Stone’ is the perfect visual manifestation of this emerging artist’s sincere approach to her craft. The music video was directed and filmed by Barry De Villiers from Roundabout Films and was purposely kept as stark and simple as possible, because in the end the trick is to allow a strong track like this to speak for itself.