Our Woman in the Spotlight this week- The wonderful Luca

We’re so excited to be shining the spotlight on yet another incredible woman in Music.

This week we’re talking about Luca, a Mancunian singer-songwriter whose soft vocals and bright guitars instantly caught our attention.

Acoustic-Pop with a unique Folk flair, Luca is not an artist to be missed. Drawing inspiration from The Chicks, Bob Dylan and Kelsey Musgraves to name a few, Luca gives the classic Acoustic sound a modern and commercial twist.

Creating a soft, easy listening sound that’s guaranteed to make you feel good.

We caught up with Luca to find out more about her and her music.

Give us a bit of background on you as an artist, where did you grow up and how did you get started in Music?

My name is Luca and I grew up in Cheshire, just outside of Manchester. I have a big family and they’re all really musical, so I’ve been surrounded by it for as long as I can remember. There was never a day go by without LP’s playing or guitars being tuned, so I suppose there was no escaping it!

My mum jokes that I was singing before I could talk. As a kid, I was constantly singing…I mean constantly haha! and my dad plays guitar, so as soon as I could, I started asking him to help me learn and it all grew from there. I started really getting serious about wanting to be a musician from being a young teen and started doing local open mics and gigs whenever I could.

Where does the music making process start for you? Is it lyrics, or a beat or something else?

It really varies for me. Sometimes I’ll get a melody in my head and start playing around with lyrics to fit in. But I’d say most of the time I’m starting with the lyrics.

I always find that the best lyrics come to me at the most random of times. I can be out and about doing something so mundane and then a random lyric or melodic phrase will just pop into my head and I’m like ‘ooo get that down’! It used to be I’d scribble them down on anything in sight, but it’s definitely made easier with having voice notes on phones these days for these random bursts of creativity.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Any artists you particularly admire and look up to?

I grew up with a huge folk influence. Artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Loudon Wainwright III etc. I really felt a natural pull towards this music and these artists give me so much inspiration.

When I got to around 12 years old, I discovered the music of The former Dixie Chicks now known as The Chicks, and this really gave me a love of country music. From then on that was what I wanted to do. There are so many bands and artists who inspire me, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Kacey Musgraves etc oh I could go on.

What are your dreams and goals for your music career?

I really want to keep playing music for as long as I can and grow with it. It would be my absolute dream to play the Grand Ole Opry stage. Can you imagine?! I would also love to sing a song with Loudon Wainwright III. His lyrics and melodies are just incredible. I met him once… maybe I should have been brave and asked him then! But I was far too nervous.

What’s your experience been like so far as a woman in the industry?

The industry is currently under the spotlight, and rightly so, however I’m lucky enough to say that my experience has been a positive one so far. I’ve had amazing support at home, and have had nothing but encouragement whilst recording, working with producers or playing on the circuit in Manchester. However, unfortunately (and unbelievably in this day and age), that is not always the case!

Music is music, and there certainly shouldn’t be more of a focus on what someone is wearing or how someone looks, than the music they are making. It’s encouraging to see more and more females speaking out about the negative experiences they have endured in order to cultivate change. It’s so important to continue to do so and to support one another and continue this moving in the right direction.

What’s next for you as an artist?

I’ve just released my new single ‘Last Orders’ and I’m currently working on some new material, so next for me is the release of my new album in a few months time! I can’t wait to get these songs out there. I’m working with a really great producer and friend and I’m so happy to hear these songs come to life. With lockdown this year, I’ve had the opportunity to write and write so I’m excited to see it all come together.

Check out Luca’s song recommendation!

Ooo so many! I would say you need to check out Tenille Townes new album ‘The Lemonade Stand’ and if I had to pick a specific song I’d say ‘I kept The Roses’. I love her voice, I can’t stop listening to her music.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe