Lucy Hammond

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Singing before she could talk,(according to her Mama),Lucy's joy of expression through song is as organic as it gets. Onstage from the age of 6,her choral and gospel roots laid a firm foundation for her soulful style.A rich,resonant contralto,Lucy's voice will bring to mind a combination of Bonnie Raiit,Etta James,Joss Stone,Phoebe Snow,Janis Joplin,Karen Carpenter,& Lydia Pense! Singing... more

Singing before she could talk,(according to her Mama),Lucy's joy of expression through song is as organic as it gets. Onstage from the age of 6,her choral and gospel roots laid a firm foundation for her soulful style.A rich,resonant contralto,Lucy's voice will bring to mind a combination of Bonnie Raiit,Etta James,Joss Stone,Phoebe Snow,Janis Joplin,Karen Carpenter,& Lydia Pense! Singing everything from jazz,blues,& funk,to Americana,roots,& country,her songwriting & vocal delivery vary with her inspiration. Entering the Portland music scene in the 80's she performed with the Cobalt Blues Band,Geneva,Loose Talk,& The Tag. Touring throughout the NW on the Pacific Talent Agency roster,she worked primarily the hotel & coporate event circuit.

The 90's brought a long cherished dream,Motherhood!So trading in her gig bag for a diaper bag,she threw herself into the deep end,stepping away from live performance,& touring for a time.

In 2008,with the kids growing up,& soon on their own,it was time to return to her first love,music!

Lucy released her #1RMR Charting record,"Proof",an all original,self produced,studio EP,in 2011. Proof's purpose was to show her range as a songwriter. One moment a whisper,the next a low growl,her voice expertly conveys the emotions captured in all her songs. A story teller by nature,her songs draw you in,& her voice makes you want to stay!

In 2014 Lucy produced & performed on two projects. The first,NW Roots Uprising,a collaborative compilation CD designed to promote a variety of "roots" based artists,& provide opportunity through cross promotion,shared performances,& the cross pollinating fan bases.

The next,Destination Clarksdale,with her award winning guitarist/duo partner,Ben Rice. Ben & Lucy's successful Double Strength Tour took them through Arkansas,Mississippi,& Tennessee the Spring following the Memphis launch of NWRU Vol.1,and Ben's finish as an International Blues Challenge Finalist with his band,The Illmatics. Festival performances & more touring filled the rest of their year,ending with them winning the opportunity to represent The Ashland Blues Society in the 31st Annual International Blues Challenge.

January 2015 they did just that,and out of 250+ competitors from all over the world,made the top 5 in the solo/duo category. As 2015 International Blues Challenge Finalists,Ben & Lucy are busy writing songs for the next record,performing,& finalizing plans for their 2015/2016 tours & festival appearances.

Lucy performs with several duo partners,her collaborator & IBC Finalist partner,Ben Rice. She is available in duo, trio,& full band format.She is also a member of compilation group,"The Heartbreakers".

See her perform once,& you'll be back for more! An avid supporter of many causes close to her heart,Lucy makes herself available for charitable events,community projects,& fundraisers,whenever possible.Dedicated to not just performing for it's own sake,Lucy seeks to connect to people through her music,& hopefully make a difference through building lasting & supportive relationships.

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