Lettie

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Lettie is a London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Biography[edit]

Lettie grew up in Suffolk, England.[1]

She is a former Medieval History student obsessed with collecting pieces of the past in the forms of books, postcards, second hand shop finds and newspaper clippings.

Lettie met producer/writer David Baron[2] in 2006 and has made three records with him, Age of Solo and Everyman (2008) and "Good Fortune, Bad Weather" (May 2012). The records were primarily recorded and produced at David’s home studio in Boiceville, NY. All three records have been independently released and are now being distributed by Proper Music Ltd.

In October 2009, Lettie performed a session at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios as part of 2009's Electric Proms.[3] She performed Atmosphere, My Name Is, Red and Hang On,[4] with Mike Mason on Alesis Ion and guitar. During the same month, Lettie embarked on her first European tour, supporting ex-Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy. Lettie appears as a singer and co-writer on Counting Waves on Sarah Fimm's White Birds EP.[5]

She has supported Squeeze’s Chris Difford[6] and Roger O’Donnell[7] and played the ‘Introducing Stages’ at Glastonbury and Jimmy’s Farm in 2010.

In between albums she has written with Anthony Phillips (Genesis)[8] and sung vocals for Ben Cocks[9] for Atmosphere Music part of Universal Music Group and her voice has appeared on a number of commercials in the USA and Europe.

Lettie's new album produced and written with David Baron ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’ makes use of David's fine collection of unusual instruments such as moogs, syths. and arps. The album features the incredible musicianship of Award winning Grammy producer and guitarist Danny Blume,[10] Zachary Alford,[11] (David Bowie) on drums and Sara Lee,[12](Gang of Four, B52s, Robyn Hitchcock, Robert Fripp), D James Goodwin,[13](Devo, Bravery, Sol Seppy, Snowflake) on guitars, Jeremy Bernstein,[14] guitars/vocals as well as David Baron on synthesizers and everything else. Her new album has garnered favourable many reviews across the board including 4 stars from the Irish Times[15]

Musical style[edit]

Lettie's music combines vintage analog electronica and alternate-acoustic folk. Lettie's albums feature Arp and Moog modular synthesizers.

Lettie's live performances have taken her all over Europe as support act for Peter Murphy in 2009 and the UK in 2010. She plays a WK Casio 7500, electric guitar and harmonica. She uses effects pedals, two mircophones and a loop pedal to make the performance live and varied. She is often accompanied by Louise Dodds[16] on bass and backing vocals.

Radio and television appearances[edit]

Lettie has been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music Introducing with Tom Robinson and has licensed tracks to H&M London, and various stateside television series, such as Privileged (the CW), Exes and Ohs (Logo) and Beyond the Break, which was shown on The N. Her song ‘Everyman’ was chosen for an advert for CTT Consigo “Zero Emissions” campaign, one of the first Carbon free shot commercial (the Portuguese postal service by Ameba) and her vocals appear on an advert for Mayflower’s “Big Move” 2010 (Siblings Music) in USA which was nominated for an award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

In 2009 Dermot O'Leary picked Lettie for the Electric Proms and played her track Hang On on Radio 2[17]

Lettie was one of the three featured artists in Rachel Davies' documentary "Hello Glastonbury!" which first aired in the UK on BBC Four on August 31, 2010.[18][19]

Her song Lucky was featured in the film Exit Strategy[20] and Digital for ASOS[21] Catwalk August 2012. Mister Lighter from her new album is being played in various retail outlets.

Several songs from the album have been played on RTÉ 10, Absolute Radio, BBC Suffolk, Amazing Radio and Radio 2. Lettie is releasing the single Mister Lighter in August 2012.

Discography[edit]

Good Fortune, Bad Weather

1. Swirl 3.07
2. Lucky 2.47
3. Bitter 2.32
4. Never Want To Be Alone 3.28
5. Sanctuary 5.12
6. Digital 2.45
7. Pandora 2.50
8. Fitter 2.57
9. Mister Lighter 2.48
10. Aluminium Man 2.59
11. Good Fortune, Bad Weather 3.30
12. Come Back 3.21
13. Crash and Burn 2.40
14. On and On 2.52

Age of Solo

1. Hero 4:20
2. My Name Is 3:51
3. Future Retro 3:40
4. Atmosphere 3:34
5. Eternity 3:31
6. Mission 3:31
7. Future 3:18
8. Cold 4:42
9. All You Want 3:41
10. Criminal 4:17
11. What You Get 2:44
12. Goodbye 4:04

Everyman

1. Everyman 3:38
2. Shadow 3:06
3. Turnaround 3:00
4. Hang On 3:50
5. Red 3:12
6. High 3:54
7. Cheese 1:29
8. Holes 3:56
9. Believe In 4:15
10. Weird Old World 4:44
11. Nothing 2:28

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