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Today we’re talking with Lucy-May. Lucy-May is a fast-rising British country-pop singer widely heard on radio performing her debut single “Paper Heart” produced by Greg Fitzgerald.

We had the pleasure of meeting Lucy-May at the 2013 CMA Summit just last month. Lucy-May took her influences from the 60s – following the Motown Sound and The Beatles. She was surrounded by music at home and pursued the performing arts at the Brit School where she grew evermore attached to country music with it’s melodies and simple, heartfelt storylines. She’s been active in London on the live scene at both public and private events, and she’s currently working on her album scheduled for release the is year!

Lucy-May , thanks so much for joining us. You’ve had a good amount of success around the U.K. and in London and your single “Paper Heart” has gotten great airplay especially on BBC2. Is there anything we missed in our intro that you’d like to share with us?

L-M: I think just that although I was brought up on 60’s music, and do have a love for it, I have always enjoyed listening to all kinds of music and like a wide range of genres.

We know you’ve been drawn to country, and the stories the music tells, but how did you evolve from Motown and The Beatles to where you are today? What do you like about the music? The beat?

L-M: Over the last couple of years I have gigged in restaurants and bars, singing a wide range of covers. One of those was “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and every time I sang this song I felt I had a connection with the lyrics and the emotion I could put in to my performance. Other people also noticed this and would request more Patsy Cline songs. This was the start of my love of country music.

Besides Motown greats and The Beatles are there any particular influencers or mentors that have left a lasting impression on you?

L-M:As stated before, my biggest country influence is Patsy Cline but I have always loved the sound of Dusty Springfield and her style. More recently, I have listened to the likes of Leanne Rimes.

You’ve been working with producer Greg Fitzgerald. Are there any particular musicians you’ve been working with either live and/or on your album you would like to mention?

L-M: Greg has been amazing to work with on “Paper Heart” and the album. There have been musicians that have played on my tracks and are all very talented but Mike Gazzard has done an outstanding job on “Paper Heart”. I have been fortunate to have Bruce Bouton from Nashville play guitar on one of my tracks for the album. He has also played for Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Okay, let’s have a look and listen to Lucy-May and “Paper Heart”!

Super! HorizonVU Music follows and works with a good number of female artists and many our Blog followers are young women looking to a career in music. Can you pass along insights as concerns getting to where you’d like to go in the business as a woman – does gender make a difference?

L-M: I would say that whatever gender you are in this industry it is tough. There are a lot of ups and downs and it is a lot of hard work. Never give up!

Looking out onto the horizon, what’s next for Lucy-May? The album release is schedulled for later this year. Any special projects you’d like to work on beyond the album?

L-M: I would love to go on tour and perform the songs from my album so that more people get to hear them and hopefully connect to them.

My final question – just can’t resist – do you have any superheroes? Who and why (or why not)?

L-M: I wouldn’t say that I have a superhero as such, but definitely would say my biggest hero is my dad! He has supported me from day one.

That’s great! I would say that dad counts as a superhero! Lucy-May, thanks so very much. All the very best of luck to you, and we hope to see you in Paris!

Visit Lucy-May at http://lucymayofficial.co.uk as well as Facebook, twitter and YouTube

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! Beginning this week, we’re proud to announce that Alison’s weekly news will be posted on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert (“News from Nashville”) broadcasted weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

1 March, CMA held the first summit dedicated to the study of the Country music market in Europe. An event for professionals, media, radio, journalists and team “News Nashville” was on site.

   Gilbert Rouit

Steve Moore (left);  Rouit (right)

Alison and Bobbi Boyce
Bobbi Boyce with Alison

This seminar was made possible thanks to the work and collaboration between Gilbert Rouit division show Disneyland Paris and Steve Moore President of the CMA supported by Bobbi Boyce, CMA Director of International.

Hotel Newport Bay

Hotel Newport Bay

Disneyland Paris and its beautiful hotel facilities, hotel New Port Bay Club with its convention halls, restaurants and the Disney Village with its famous Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon & was the perfect place to organize the first seminar dedicated to Country European market. Very interested in a seminar which allowed us to measure differences between country markets 7 countries Europeans. A survey was even conducted in February 2013 among 1000 persons aged 18-65 years in each country concerned. The percentage of adults who listen to country music regularly through YouTube and Spotify is 43% in Norway, 41% in Ireland, 32% in the UK, 24% in Sweden, 29% in Germany, 25% in France and 18% in Finland!

CMA Marketing

CMA Marketing

You noticed the countries with the strongest results in terms of public interest in country music in Europe are the United Kingdom and Norway. Our Scandinavian neighbors and British luckier than us in France, because Country music going on television. Multiple shows in Nashville as CMA Awards CMA Music Fest or are regularly retransmit. Not to mention the series Nashville who is also a hit. Well then in his country there, spend a lot more country music on the radio and in particular the public service radios.

This is absolutely not the case here. In France, apart from a country radio FM in Paris, they are mostly radio stations, commercial or very late hours and some independent facilitators who are passionate about the work that should provide the public service Radio France who always wanted to banish it genre of its network or other Blue France. Fortunately there are some programs that country spend on local radio or regional here and there, everywhere in France, as we do every week through our network of 120 partner stations BCC.

Otherwise it is sure there would be little to Country Radio France. The CMA seminar allowed us to measure the level difference, the gulf that exists between the media Country of Americans, Canadians, Australians and English and the rest of old Europe. Debates and discussions were held in order to find solutions to improve our weaknesses. The purpose of the CMA is implementing a new network to promote Country music today outside the U.S. and especially in Europe. We have done many meetings with journalists, DJ’s, festival organizers, Media, Radio, Television, Artists, developers from around the world. Short day business really successful!

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

And of course from 20H we enjoyed the first French edition of the CMA Songwriter’s series on the site of Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon – and entry was free for all! First, there was a 100% acoustic show with the best singers and songwriters in Nashville, I met Bob Dipiero, Dallas Davidson, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and not to forget Brett James who have obviously interpreted Live hits they have written for stars such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, of course the duo Sugarland or Trace Adkins and many more!

Alison and Kristian Bush  Alison and Bob DiPiero  Alison and Dallas Davidson

Alison with Kristian Bush (left); Bob Dipiero (center); and Dallas Davidson (right)

Brett James and Alison

Brett James and Alison

This show was followed by another great concert featuring the very talented group, the Carlton Moody Franco-American Detour Band. Unforgettable. We hope that this very successful first seminar of the CMA will be the first of a long series to build a real bridge between Nashville and Europe enabling us to applaud even more Country artists!

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