Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Lucie Silvas


   Lucie Silvas (born Lucie Joanne Silverman on 4 September 1977 in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England) is a British singer-songwriter.

   Silvas was born to a Liberal Jewish family in Kingston upon Thames. Her father is of New Zealand descent and her mother, Isobel, is Scottish. Silvas has two sisters, Mia (who has performed backing vocals for her), and Nikki. Her parents were also big music lovers and Silvas has stated this inspired her career, besides the fact that her mother was an opera singer and wanted to pursue a career in music herself.

Silvas learned to play piano at the age of 5, and had written her first song by age 10. She relocated many times between her parents' native countries as well as England. Her family moved to Thames Ditton, Kingston-Upon-Thames, England, when she was 13. She entered a Jewish Care Young Performer competition and came third when she was 14. She attended Surbiton High School for Girls and left at 16 before going to Brooklands College, in Weybridge, Surrey.

   After leaving college at the age of 18, Silvas became a backing singer for Judie Tzuke, who helped her write much of her first album, entitled Breathe In.

   In 2000, Silvas signed to EMI Records. In June 2000, she released her debut single, "It's Too Late", which peaked at #62 in the UK Singles Chart. An album, entitled Forget Me Not, was also planned for release but EMI terminated her contract after the poor reception of the single.

   In 2001, Chrysalis Records (an EMI subsidiary) contacted her, this time for songwriting. She signed a publishing contract and, despite being without a record label to release her music, she continued writing and had songs recorded and released by British artists including Sarah Whatmore, Will Young, Gareth Gates, Rachel Stevens and Liberty X. Several of Silvas' songs for other artists have become chart hits.

   In 2003, Silvas recorded a duet with the Spanish singer Natalia called "This Time", and in 2004 she also wrote the first single off Natalia's third album, entitled "Sombras" (Shadows). The same year, Silvas also wrote "I'm Not Your Girlfriend" for the Spanish singer Cristie.



   Breathe In is the second studio album (though the first to be released) by the British pop singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas, released by Mercury Records on 11 October 2004 in the United Kingdom. It was released in the Netherlands on 29 March 2005 and worldwide in April 2006.

   The majority of the album was co-written by Silvas with Judie Tzuke, whom Silvas had previously been a backing singer for. The album also features a cover of Metallica's song "Nothing Else Matters" which was released as a single in Europe.


   The Same Side is the second studio album by the British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas. It was first released on 20 October 2006 in the Netherlands. It was scheduled for release at the same time in Silvas' native UK, but was postponed after the failure of the album's first single "Last Year". The album was eventually released in the UK on 12 March 2007. The album debuted in the Dutch Albums Chart at number 5, though only peaked at 62 in the UK.

   The Dutch edition of the album includes the song "Everytime I Think of You", a duet with Dutch singer Marco Borsato, as the 12th track of the album with "Stolen" as a hidden track ("Almost" is missing on this edition, too).

   "Everytime I Think of You" was released as the first single in the Netherlands. It charted within the Dutch Top 40 at number 35 on downloads only, before rising to Number 1 the following week.

   The first UK single (and second single for the Netherlands) was "Last Year". It failed to reach the UK Top 100, prompting Sivas' record company to postpone the UK release of the album for several months.

   A second single, "Sinking In", was released as a 'download only' single in the UK, though this failed to chart.

And now enjoy some beautiful music from Lucie Silvas:

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