In a short period of time, Lucy Scholl has emerged as one of country music’s most distinctive and promising young artists. With a personalized approach that combines vividly emotional country storytelling with state-of-the-art pop craftsmanship, the charismatic Texas-bred, Nashville-based artist possesses all of the qualities needed for both stardom and a long-term musical career.
Although she’s still in the early stages of her musical life, Scholl has already achieved a series of creative milestones, and has already earned an impressive grass-roots fan base while maintaining a substantial social-media presence. Her infectiously catchy self-penned songs abound with sonic freshness and lyrical insight, marking the enterprising singer-songwriter as an artist to watch.
“It makes sense to me to make music that can be played on country radio,” Lucy states. “But I also want to be original and create something that people haven’t heard before.”
Growing up in Texas, Lucy Scholl sang virtually from birth, regaling houseguests with her rendition of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” at the age of two, playing kid parts in high-school musicals alongside her older siblings, and eventually training in musical theatre as a teenager. When she was 16, a friend challenged her to write a song, and before long, she had embraced songwriting as a vehicle for self-expression. Some friends suggested that she try recording her compositions, and before long Lucy was making frequent visits to Nashville to pursue her musical dreams.
“After my first trip to Nashville,” Lucy recalls, “my dad said something really cool that changed the game for me. He said, ‘If you want to do this, you have to take it seriously, as a business.’ That helped me decide that this was going to be my job, and that I was going to keep working at it, to become a really good writer. That’s when the career aspect of songwriting became a big thing for me.”
Through her contacts, Lucy met Nashville producer Brandon Metcalf (Jewel, Blues Traveler), who was impressed enough with her songs to produce her first self-titled EP. That low-key release, combined with a series of well-received live performances, helped to win Lucy an enthusiastic fan following, which continues to support her new musical endeavors.
“Most of the songs on the EP I wrote by myself, and I’m really proud of them,” Lucy notes. “That’s where my writing started, so those songs have a special place in my heart because of that. The whole experience of recording the EP and releasing it and playing shows with it was huge for me. It taught me a lot about the process of releasing music and building a fan base, and it really helped me to focus on what I want to say and where I want to go.”
As she became more established in the Nashville music community, Lucy began co-writing with various prestigious songwriters. “Co-writing has been a real education for me,” she says, “because writing with someone else who has a different perspective can give a song so much more meaning and clarity, and allows you to do things that you wouldn’t have been able to do on your own. Someone once told me to always write with someone better than myself, because that challenges you and forces you to be better, so I try to live by that.”
As she plans her next career moves, Lucy continues to write and record new material prolifically, maintaining communication with her fans by posting new songs on social media.
“I love posting stuff on social media, because there are so many people following along, and they let me know what they like most,” she observes. “I love what I’m creating right now, and I’m so excited about it, because it’s different from what I’ve done before and it’s different from what other people are doing. I love to experiment and try new songs and try new sounds and melodies and different ways of singing. So it’s exciting for me to see people’s reactions when I post new songs.”
Indeed, a quick listen to her newest material demonstrates how far Lucy Scholl has progressed in a relatively short time, staking out a style and attitude that are all her own.
“What is country music now?,” she asks. “Nobody really knows, because it’s so all over the place. But that gives you the freedom to experiment with different sounds and different instruments that wouldn’t have been used in country ten years ago. I mess a lot with pop melodies and pop instruments, just to make it different. It’s fun to be making music at a time when everything’s up in the air.
“It’s a really fun time for me now,” Lucy states, “and I’m really proud of what I’m putting out there. I’m just so excited about everything that’s happening for me now, and I’m really excited to show people what’s next.”
-Written by Scott Schinder