With a New Zealander father and a Scottish mother Lucie Silvas grew up between both countries and relocated several times before being resident in England during her teenage years. Playing piano from the age of five she started writing songs in her teens and later started recording demos and gained touring experience as a backing singer for the experienced British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke. Although originally signed to the EMI subsidiary Chrysalis Records, when her debut single 'It's Too Late' (co-written with producer Howard New) stalled outside of the UK Top 40 in 2000 (it reached No 62) she was dropped by the label but not before a five track sampler of her now never to be released album Forget Me Not had been sent out to press and radio. Despite this setback several of her songs or co-writes were recorded by a number of other artists including S Club, Gareth Gates, Michelle McManus and Rachel Stevens plus the hits 'Who I Am' for Will Young and 'Jumpin'' for Liberty X while in 2004 she wrote tracks for the Spanish artists Natalie ('Sombras (Shadows)') and Christie ('I'm Not Your Girlfriend').
With a new recording contract with Mercury Records she released a 'new' debut album Breathe In in 2004, a collection of piano driven songs that apart from an unexpected but successful string laden cover of Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters' featured tracks co-written by Silvas with other writers including Judie Tzuke and producer Mike Peden who was best known for his work with the Lighthouse Family and Des'ree. Preceded by the No 7 hit single 'What You're Made Of' the album peaked at No 11 in the UK and went on to enjoy significant success across continental Europe including the Netherlands where it topped the charts. The second single from the album was the title track which bettered its predecessor by entering the charts at No 6 and although subsequent singles 'The Game Is Won' and 'Don't Look Back' peaked in the lower reaches of the UK Top 40 she built a sizeable fanbase through the support of BBC Radio 2. Capitalising on her popularity in the Netherlands Silvas confidently released 'Nothing Else Matters' in that country alone and was rewarded with a No 13 hit single in October 2005. After a re-recorded version of the title track of her unreleased debut album 'Forget Me Not' failed to chart Silvas teamed-up with Dutch singer Marco Borsato to release the non-album track 'Every Time I Think Of You' (originally recorded by The Babys in 1978) which topped the Dutch charts for four weeks. Produced by Danton Supple (best known for his work with the likes of Coldplay, Toploader, Ed Harcourt) Silvas' second album The Same Side was released in March 2007 and although sales in the UK where disappointing it became another No 1 in the Netherlands. While her debut had featured songs built around her piano playing the new record was a lusher more orchestral affair replete with strings although one of the standout songs that was more reminiscent of her first record was 'Passionate You' co-written by Silvas with hit songwriter and Dan Wilson lead singer/guitarist of the rock group who has written for dozens of artists including Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Adele, Pink, the Dixie Chicks, Weezer and Keith Urban. Following the album's commercial failure Mercury Records dropped Silvas and she relocated to Nashville where she began working with a number of songwriters and subsequently co-wrote three tracks on Katherine McPhee's 2010 album Unbroken and collaborated with Una Healy of the Saturdays to write 'Last Call' for the band's 2011 album On Your Radar.
Touring consistently, in 2011 Silvas supported Jamiroquai and her career has found her working with many other artists including Elton John, Lionel Richie and Jamie Cullum. Branching out into writing for television she composed and co-wrote songs including 'Heart Shaped Wreckage', 'Don't Let Me Know', 'Pretender' and 'Calling Out My Name' for NBC's Smash. This is a musical drama series about the fictional lives of songwriters working on Broadway shows and its spin-off 'Hit List' which focuses on just one of the shows created by those writers. With her experience this would appear a dream task for Silvas. Despite enjoying instant fame and popularity with her debut album Lucie Silvas has subsequently found it difficult to maintain a chart presence other than in the Netherlands where she remains an incredibly successful star, even though her career move to Nashville has allowed her to plug into the one important territory that proved resistant to her early records. While she has a powerful voice, undeniable piano skills and is demonstrably a gifted songwriter her work so far has failed to be significantly unique to rise above the current crop of records by similar female piano based singer/songwriters.
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