Lucy Spraggan

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Lucy Spraggan
Birth name Lucy Spraggan
Born (1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 23)
Origin Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Genres Folk, acoustic, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels Columbia, Sony (2012-)

Lucy Spraggan (born 21 July 1991) is an English musician, currently signed to Columbia Records, who describes her music as 'A-Flop', a mixture of acoustic, folk, and hip hop.[1] In July 2011, she was announced as the runner up of the Urban, Pop & Acoustic category of Live and Unsigned at the age of 20.[2] In June 2012, she performed alongside Razorlight at Osfest at the Oswestry Showground in Shropshire.[3] She independently released her album Top Room At The Zoo in November 2011,[4] with associated music videos released on YouTube.

She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, 'Last Night'.[5] On 3 November 2012, it was announced she would be quitting her run on The X Factor due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category. She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo. Spraggan confirmed her major label debut Join The Club was set for release on 7 October 2013.[6]

Music career[edit]

2011–12: Live and Unsigned, Open Mic UK and Top Room at the Zoo[edit]

In July 2011, Spraggan was announced as the runner up of the Urban, Pop & Acoustic Category of Live and Unsigned, placing third place overall in the competition.[2] Spraggan's prizes awarded by Live and Unsigned for her progress in the competition consisted of a festival slot at Osfest,[7] and a slot at Australia's 'Go Connect' Festival.[2] When the festival was later cancelled, Live and Unsigned provided Spraggan with a series of replacement prizes, including: a string of guest act spots at Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK shows across the country,[8][9] a new website,[10] and a music video shoot for her single Last Night, which received over 455,000 views.[10][11]

On 20 October 2011 Spraggan independently released her album Top Room at the Zoo.[4] In an interview she said that the majority of her album's lyrics were inspired by a short-lived romance with an older woman of 27 that occurred when Spraggan visited America at the age of 18.[12]

Spraggan performed as a guest act at a large volume of Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK shows across the country during this time,[8][9] on Open Mic UK, Spraggan said in an interview: "Open Mic UK is a great way to build your fan base to thousands of new fans whether you are a guest act or a competitor in the show."[8] As a result of performing at these shows, Spraggan was scouted by several festival organisers to perform at their festivals,[8] amongst which included London Summer Jam,[13] Osfest,[3] Strawberry Fields Festival[14] and Cockermouth Rock Festival.[15][16]

2012: The X Factor[edit]

On 13 July 2012, she released the single "Tea and Toast". Spraggan auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor, which was shown on 25 August 2012, singing her own song "Last Night" from Top Room at the Zoo. She won herself a place at bootcamp after performing the song, which left the audience at the Manchester auditions chanting for more. Her second song, which was a rendition of "Halo" by Beyoncé, was shown on The Xtra Factor. Shortly after the audition was screened, the song climbed to Number 70 in the Official UK Singles Chart,[17] and reached Number 2 on iTunes. However, it was soon removed from iTunes by request of The X Factor producers.[18] On 29 August 2012, Greg James announced that "Last Night" was at number 5 on the Official Chart Update despite the song being removed from iTunes, her album Top Room at the Zoo was at number 7 on the Official Chart Update as well.[19][20] On 2 September 2012 "Last Night" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 and Top Room at the Zoo entered the UK Albums Chart at number 22.[21]

Spraggan sang "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5 at bootcamp but the performance was described as "awkward" and "messy". She returned to the stage with a mix-up of songs that she really liked and meant a lot to her. Tulisa Contostavlos then said that she wanted to hear one of her tracks so Spraggan decided to sing "Tea and Toast", stating that the song was about a real couple. After she performed the song she burst into tears when she received a standing ovation from the audience and the judging panel.[22][23]

She made it through to the live shows as one of the three female singers selected by mentor Contostavlos. In week 4, Spraggan was ill so she automatically got through to week 5. On 3 November, Spraggan decided to leave the competition because she felt that it wouldn't be fair to get another free pass to the next round, as she was still too ill to compete.[24]

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Last Night" (original song) Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance "Moves like Jagger" Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance "Tea and Toast" (original song) Advanced
Judges' houses No theme "I Will Always Love You" Advanced
Week 1 Heroes night "Mountains" (original song) Safe (5th)
Week 2 Love and heartbreak "Gold Digger" Safe (5th)
Week 3 Club classics "Titanium" (version with original lyrics) Safe (7th)

2012–present: Join the Club[edit]

Lucy Spraggan announced her signing to Record Label Columbia Records in March 2013. Her debut studio album Join the Club was released on 7 October.

About the album Spraggan said "I wanted to put my own take on events that happen to everyone by telling these stories. I have been writing this album for as long and I can remember and I hope people will be able to relate."[25] The lead single "Lighthouse" was released 14 July. About the single Spraggan explains 'Whenever I'd run out of money or get on the wrong bus, I'd see a lighthouse and things would start to getting better'.[26] Spraggan confirmed the second single lifted from the album would be "Last Night (Beer Fear)" was released on 30 September.[27]

Spraggan announced a headline UK and Ireland tour in support of the album which starts at Margate Winter Gardens on 21 October and concludes at The Academy in Dublin on 16 November.[28]

2015–present: We Are...[edit]

November 2014 Spraggan showcased new music she'd been working on since The X Factor. On 17 January on Facebook she announced the title of her sophomore album entitled We Are..., to be released on 13 April 2015, and the first single "Unsinkable" being released on 29 March 2015. Following the album's release Spraggan will embark on "The Unsinkable Tour".

Personal life[edit]

Spraggan is an open lesbian.[29] Her mother, Anstey, is a freelance journalist and has written about their family life as a stepfamily.[30]

Before music, Spraggan trained to be a fire fighter. She attended the University of Derby in her hometown of Buxton doing something which she felt passionate about: public services. She also has had a variety of jobs: a plumber's apprentice, a cave tour guide at the Poole's Cavern, and a magician. She also attended Buxton Community School where she often performed in front of the school of 2,000 students. [31] She also worked in demolition and once broke her leg when a cherry picker she was working on fell to the floor. Spraggan then moved to Sheffield once she had left school, which she now calls her hometown, still keeping in touch with family and friends in Buxton, Derbyshire.[32]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Top Room at the Zoo
  • Released: 20 October 2011 (UK)
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
22 72 19
Join the Club
  • Released: 7 October 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
7 14 6
We Are...
  • Released: 13 April 2015 (UK)
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Tea and Toast" 50 Join the Club
2013 "Lighthouse" 26 21 14
"Last Night (Beer Fear)"[A] 11 16 11
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Someone" 137 Top Room at the Zoo and Join the Club
2013 "Butterflies" 61
"'91" 67
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.
  • A ^ Originally charted in 2012, after Spraggan's The X Factor audition, it peaked at number 2 on the chart update, but was subsequently removed from sale. It, however, had accumilated enough sales to debut at number 11 in the UK. The same was true in Ireland, where it charted at number 16. It was re-released in September 2013, by her new record label, Columbia and reached number 18. It was included first on debut album Top Room at the Zoo, and later on her major label debut Join the Club. Top Room at the Zoo reached #7 on the UK chart update before being removed from sale, as well.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director[39] Funded by[10]
2011 "Dreamer" (Feat J-Mac) Ollie Green & Daniel Entwistle Live and Unsigned
2012 "Last Night" Damien Reeves (Melmo Films) Live and Unsigned
2013 "Lighthouse" N/A 'Sony Music Entertainment'
2013 "Last Night (Beer Fear)" Damien Reeves 'Sony Music Entertainment'
2013 "Mountains" N/A 'Sony Music Entertainment'
2013 "Tea And Toast" N/A 'Sony Music Entertainment'


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  2. ^ a b c "Live and Unsigned winners, scores and results". Live and Unsigned. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Osfest 2012 Review". LoveMusicNews (LoveMusicNews). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Lucy Spraggan". LoveMusicNews. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "X-clusive! Lucy Spraggan - the first interview!". Maximum Pop!. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Lane, Daniel. "Lucy Spraggan chats about new single Lighthouse". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Osfest Find Live and Unsigned Beauties". Osfest. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Lucy Spraggan Open Mic UK Guest Act Provides Unsigned Music Advice". Open Mic UK. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Lucy Spraggan's Twitter". Lucy Spraggan. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Advertising Standards Authority ASA Investigation of Live and Unsigned". Live and Unsigned. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Lucy Spraggan Last Night (Beer Fear) Official Music Video HD. Melmo Films. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "X Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan: Most of my songs are about the older woman I fell for in America". Now Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Free studio time free amps and festival slots for Live and Unsigned acts that competed in Camden London Results". Live and Unsigned. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Summer Festival Season Has Been Taken By Storm By Live and Unsigned Alumni". Live and Unsigned (Live and Unsigned). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cockermouth - Bar Stage". Cockermouth Rock Festival. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Live and Unsigned Alumni Play Summer Festivals". Music Radar. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "X Factor star Lucy Spraggan scores second biggest selling track this week so far". The Official Charts Company (OCC). 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "'X Factor' Lucy Spraggan's song taken off iTunes due to 'rule change' - X Factor News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  19. ^ Little Mix, Rita Ora lead midweek chart. Digital Spy
  20. ^ Little Mix’s Wings soaring towards Number 1. Official Charts Company
  21. ^ X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan bags Top 20 hit despite track being pulled. Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ 'X Factor': Tulisa requests Lucy Spraggan original song at Boot Camp - X Factor News - Reality TV - Digital Spy.
  23. ^ Lucy's Bootcamp performance - Tea and Toast - The X Factor UK 2012. YouTube
  24. ^ "Lucy Spraggan leaves 'The X Factor'". Digital Spy. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  25. ^ Smith, Carl. "Lucy Spraggan Announces debut Album 'Join the club' and single 'last night'". Sugarscape. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  26. ^ Lane, Daniel. "Lucy Spraggan chats about new single lighthouse". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  27. ^ Mensah, Jenny. "Lucy Spraggan Announces Album Title Join The Club". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  28. ^ Corner, Lewis. "Lucy Spraggan announces debut album 'Join The club'". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  29. ^ Anstey Spraggan (9 April 2011). "Proud to have a Gay daughter". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  30. ^ Anstey Spraggan (22 May 2010). "How to survive a stepfamily". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  31. ^ "X Factor hopeful Lucy Spraggan too ‘niche’ for Tulisa at Judges Houses?". X-Factor UK. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  32. ^ "The X Factor's Lucy Spraggan opens up about her near-death experience url=". The Metro. 
  33. ^ a b "Lucy Spraggan > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  34. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Lucy Spraggan". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  35. ^ Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
  36. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  37. ^ Peak positions for the Other charted songs in the UK:
  38. ^ Peak positions for the Other charted songs in Ireland:
  39. ^ "Lucy Spraggan Last Night Music Video 2012". Melmo Films. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

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