With a background in piano and having studied with a private teacher for over eight years, Walsh’s sound is different than what you’d expect from the daughter from one of the most famous bands in rock history. Citing influences like Sarah McLachlan, Walsh’s voice is soothing, yet possesses an edge to it that you wouldn’t expect from many classically trained pianists. It is this vocal edge that makes her sound different than many of her piano-playing contemporaries.
Despite her pedigree, Walsh has been the through the music industry ringer. Initially signed to Island Def Jam, she was let go in 2008 when the label made massive budget cuts. “It was definitely for the best,” Walsh recalled. She recorded two albums for the label, which remains unreleased. This rejection made her stronger and brought her back to her songwriting roots and she is more seasoned due to her rocky experience with IDJ.
In 2010, she signed to David Letterman’s new label, C.E. Records, which will give her the attention and resources to get her music distributed to the masses. Walsh is in the studio working on pre-production with producer CheChe Alara (Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child). “It’s a long road to find a producer who really gets you,” Walsh remarked. “I’ve been through so many guys who are guitar players and they tend to take it off track. I met CheChe through Colbie Caillat and he’s got a track record that’s incredible, basically, he’s the man.”
The next few months are going to busy for Walsh, She is currently playing piano in Australian singer Ry Cuming’s band and they will be spending their fall supporting Maroon 5 on their tour. When she returns from the road, she will continue to work on her debut album and will start laying down tracks by the end of the year.
With an album that will be released next year, a strong work ethic and most importantly a world of talent, expect to hear big things from Lucy Walsh in 2011.