Nashville musician Lydia Luce will release her debut full-length album, Azalea, on Aug. 17. Luce, the daughter of an organist and pianist (and her brother is a cellist), combines her classical training with Americana and folk influences on the new album. The project’s second single, “Helen,” premiered today (May 11).
Luce worked with Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson for the album, which she wrote after she moved from Los Angeles to Nashville. Azalea offers 10 tracks that span a range of human emotions, from love to heartbreak.
“The record was written after moving from Los Angeles to Nashville. Some of the songs are reflections of my time out west and the unbelievable nature that I miss,” Luce said. “I have spent a lot of time in beautiful places with people that I love and my mind often wanders to those memories and relationships.”
Luce grew up in South Florida, where her mother conducted her own symphony orchestra. For Luce, her instrument of choice was viola; later adding guitar to her set of prodigious talents. By age 13 she was performing with her mother’s orchestra, Ars Flores. She studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and earned a master’s degree in viola performance from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Her first EP, The Tides, landed in 2015. She followed that debut with a finish as finalist in the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folk Fest songwriting competition and hit the road as a fiddle player for Sam Outlaw. In 2017, Luce performed at Merlefest and AmericanaFest, as well touring as an opening artist for singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams.
Azalea Track Listing:
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