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Christa Fletcher
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February 13, 2012
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Lucy Schwartz

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“We always had music in our house,” said singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz in a phone interview. Yet, for this rising star, playing the piano didn’t come naturally until she began composing songs. When she was six-years-old Schwartz wrote her first instrumental song and performed it for three thousand people during a National PTA Contest. By the time she was 12, Schwartz learned she could write lyrics to accompany her instrumental pieces. “My piano teacher held a recital,” she remembered, “and so many kids had written songs with lyrics.”

As an adult, Lucy Schwartz has said, “lyrics pop out of music,” as if they blossom from the ground like flowers. Now that she is 20 years old, she writes a garden variety of songs for movies, TV shows and her new record. Based in Los Angeles, Schwartz recorded her first album, Winter in June, when she was 16 years old. Since then she has released her EP Help Me! Help Me! and her latest album, Life in Letters.  She was even eligible to win two Academy Awards for her song “Darling I Do,” from the Shrek Forever After soundtrack and “Little One” from the film Mother and Child.

How did such a young women become a recording superstar? The answer is simple: talent, motivation and support from her father, David Schwartz. With a recording studio in their backyard, Lucy Schwartz and her dad (who is also a producer and also plays in her live shows) record music together. After recording songs, they shared Lucy’s music with friends and family — and had some positive responses, including an opportunity to write and record songs for films, and feature songs on TV shows like Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. One of Lucy’s biggest compliments came from Mick Jagger after she had written the end credit song for the film, The Women. Some discussed having Fergie sing the song Lucy wrote, but “Mick Jagger said, ‘No, Lucy should sing it!’”

Since writing two solid albums and taking the entertainment world by song, Lucy Schwartz also played the Lillith Fair tour, continues to write and record songs, and find time for her friends and family. “It’s really important to make time for the people you love,” she said. Schwartz also enjoys dancing and surfing, but not at the same time…yet.

Christa Fletcher

“Life in Letters”


“Graveyard”


“Rain City”


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Lucy Schwartz's latest CD, Life in Letters, introduces the new 20-year-old face of Lucy Schwartz, but listeners may already know her voice. It has graced movie theaters and TV sets across the country, and "Darling I Do," is one example. Lucy created the love theme to Shrek Forever After and performed the song with her co-writer Landon Pigg on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has also written for numerous films including Mother & Child, Post Grad, Adam, and the Meg Ryan comedy The Women, for which she created songs for both the front and end credits while still in high school.

Information from www.lucyschwartzmusic.com

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Schwartz recently penned the international theme song for Parenthood, and her songs have been featured in more than a dozen hit television shows, from Grey's Anatomy to Make it Or Break It; ER to Brothers and Sisters. For Schwartz, who sang the hilariously campy jingles "Mister F" and "For British Eyes Only" on Arrested Development, drama comes naturally.

"I did a lot of theater growing up," says the effervescent Lucy, "so I like the idea of escaping into a character and becoming someone else."

Information from www.lucyschwartzmusic.com

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"Lucy Schwartz literally means 'light dark,' and I tend to write that way, too," she says. "Some songs seem bright and happy but the words are more thoughtful and introspective. Others feel darker, but I sound more hopeful. Sometimes you can hear both the light and dark in my voice," says Schwartz on her website.

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