There can’t be many singer-songwriters who can draw inspiration from their love of ‘The Sound of Music’, the legend of Robert Johnson, and a former career in social work, but Lou Brown does just that.
These and many more influences are combined in an unique and personal blend of country, folk and pop that is gaining her fans across the globe. Lou’s musical training started early, singing along to her parents Peter, Paul and Mary records and exploring any instrument that came within her reach. Finding an affinity with the guitar it wasn’t long before she was onstage at her local folk club, testing out her songs. More and more gigs followed, valuable perfomance experience that eventually led to her winning the South West Young Achiever of the Year Award and a grant from the Prince’s Trust to record her debut album.
‘What Are You Singing About?’ was described by one reviewer as “an album for romantics; totally unpretentious, beautifully honest”, and it is this honesty and simplicity that has seen it become a firm favourite for many. First week sales saw it head straight into the Top 30 Albums at Borders Books & Music, and the quality of songwriting was recognised by radio stations across the UK, both commercial and BBC, who played tracks and invited Lou into their studios to chat and play for their listeners.
On the back of this success, Lou continued to gig futher and further afield. In addition to extensive and successful UK headline performances, Lou also headed to the USA for her first tour, signing and performing in music stores and venues around Illinois and Iowa. Her skill as a live performer also saw her receive increased recognition from her peers, opening shows for a host of great artists: Albert Lee, Hazel O’Conner, Paul Young, Boo Hewerdine, Steve Tilston, Clive Gregson, Megson, Julie Fowlis, Po’ Girl and Eilen Jewell.
And so to the present. Lou will spend most of 2009 gigging around the UK before heading into the studio in the Autumn to record her second album.