A Scandinavian descendant born in San Diego, California, Lacy Younger grew up with the sound of the surf and the Stones. "I was always a big Keith Richards fan, I always go for the melancholy, comin' down kinda thing, the way he plays guitar, those dirty, hooky riffs just inspire me like crazy," says Lacy. "I wanted to be Mick Jagger or Paul Rogers, not Janis."
Keith, Bonnie Raitt and Southern rock may have influenced Lacy, but much of her natural ability came from her mother who was a gifted singer. "She played the piano a lot when I was young and had a beautiful voice, music was always in our house," remembers Lacy.
A powerful presence on stage, Lacy is no stranger to the spotlight. "I started taking requests at age three. My Grandma, Goldie would come grab me out of bed, stand me on the coffee table in my footsy pajamas and insist I belt out 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' for a house full of martini clad party guests," says Lacy. By age five she began writing songs on the piano, Lacy continues: "I was never a great piano player, I played by ear but I was addicted to creating early in my life. I tried to ignore music for awhile but was always called back to it." "Writing and performing has always been my favorite form of self expression," says Lacy. "I was around 15 years old walking home from the beach one day when I heard a band playing. I followed my ears to this building where I found a group of guys in their twenties. They asked if I could sing and I jumped in! That was it, rehearsal twice a week, and singing in some of the local clubs by age 16."
Lacy never looked back. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 where she began singing and arranging background vocals, demos and the occasional jingle. Whatever it took to make a musical buck. Lacy forged ahead on her path, paying her dues along the way and preparing herself for what lay ahead.
Being a songwriter first, Nashville was a natural progression for Lacy. In the 90's she spent time honing her craft in a town where the song is King. The Viking princess felt right at home. During time spent in Music City, Lacy was offered several publishing deals, but there was also interest in her as an artist. She chose to avoid tying up her songs, while holding out for a record deal. The short wait paid off and she accepted an offer which called her back to Los Angeles. However, soon thereafter, Lacy experienced the heartbreak of professional dreams not realized when her 1998 release was dropped. This sent her into a hiatus of sorts. But her downtime didn't last long. She returned home to San Diego and the musical landscape that shaped her childhood. "I'm one of those who believe things happen for a reason, so I knew there was something better around the bend," explains Lacy. "I just was a bit impatient about getting around the proverbial corner."
To hear a Lacy Younger song is to almost know her, heart and soul. And with the release of Still Wild, the whole world will soon be wanting to know more.
Lacy Younger joined forces with the Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, Val Garay (Linda Ronstadt, Randy Meisner, James Taylor) and brought STILL WILD to fruition. To hear a Lacy Younger song is to almost know her, heart and soul. And with the release of Still Wild, the whole world will soon be wanting to know more.
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