New signings and rising stars (Sep–Oct 2019)
Anoushka Lucas (UK)
Agent: Peter Elliott, Primary Talent
Influenced by the sounds and writing of Carole King, Zadie Smith, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday, Anoushka Lucas has been described as “an exceptional voice and a great songwriter” by Jamie Cullum.
Her debut album Dark Soul, released July 2019, is unashamedly autobiographical, managing to combine an honesty in her music with a sensitive warmth, touching on themes of love, sex and loss.
Born and raised in London, Anoushka studied at the French Lycée and excelled in piano, ballet and languages before going on to study Russian and Italian at Oxford University.
To date, her live highlights include a sold-out headline show at Oslo in London, opening British Summer Time 2019, supporting Tom Odell during Brits Week 2019 and playing Love Supreme Festival.
L E I O (UK)
Agent: Gary Howard, UTA
L E I O is a singer-songwriter originally from the south of England. Born to an Indian father and English mother, her early musical introductions came from her mother’s eclectic collection of records that included everything from country and western to ’80s soul.
L E I O ventured out and travelled to the US, where her sound began to diversify through collaborations with Grammy-award-winning writers and producers, contemporaries of India Arie, Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys.
L E I O’s debut single, ‘342’, is set for release mid-September. She is managed by Adrian Sykes at Decisive Management.
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