Lucy Wainwright Roche

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Lucy Wainwright Roche
Wainwright Roche in 2015
Wainwright Roche in 2015
Background information
Born (1981-12-16) December 16, 1981 (age 40)
Greenwich Village,
New York City
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2007–present

Lucy Wainwright Roche (born December 16, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. Preceded by two EPs, 8 Songs and 8 More, Roche released her debut album, Lucy in October 2010. In 2013, she starred as Jeri in the Stuff You Should Know television show.[1]

Musical family[edit]

Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III, a Grammy Award winner, and Suzzy Roche, who, along with her sisters (Lucy's aunts) Maggie and Terre Roche, made up the vocal group The Roches, known for their original harmonies. The couple split when Lucy was two years old and her father spent much of his time in the UK, so Lucy did not often see her father during her childhood. The Loudon Wainwright song "Screaming Issue" is written about Lucy.[2]

Lucy is also the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (whose mother Kate was half of the Canadian folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle). She has toured with Rufus throughout the years. Through her father, she is a niece of singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright.


Roche was born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York City. She attended PS 41 in Manhattan and high school at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, graduating in 1999. She then attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2003 with a degree in creative writing. In 2006 Roche received her master's degree in general education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan.[3]


Roche initially chose to bypass the family career choice of music to teach elementary school in Durham, North Carolina and New York City for several years. In 2007, she made the decision to pursue a career in music full-time. This decision is chronicled in her "Spring Song" which appears on her EP 8 More, released in 2008. Prior to 8 More, Roche released her first EP in 2007 titled 8 Songs which featured "Saddest Sound", a song that appeared on the television show Lipstick Jungle.

Lucy has toured as an opening act for the Indigo Girls, and the duo is featured on two songs on Lucy's self-titled record released in October 2010. Lucy has also opened for such acts as the Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee, her father Loudon Wainwright, and half-brother Rufus Wainwright. Lucy sang backup for Grammy-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on the Late Show with David Letterman.

In early 2009, Lucy's song "Snare Drum" won the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song.[4]

In 2008, she was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "Emerging Artist" competition. Again in 2009, she was one of six winners of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival's "New Folk Singer/Songwriter Competition".[5]

Roche released her debut album, Lucy, in October 2010. Two of her songs, "Once In" and "Starting Square" are featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Last Keepers.

In 2015, Roche opened for her brother, Rufus, on his Australia tour, where he premiered a song about her, "Lucy's Blue". On the tour, Roche shared a song from an album of "dark lullabies" on which she and her sister were working.[6]


Studio albums[edit]


  • 8 Songs (2007)[12]
  • 8 More (2008)[12]
  • Live at Lime with Lucy Wainwright Roche (2008, digital download)


  1. ^ "Stuff You Should Know TV Show". Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business". NPR. October 22, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Knopper, Steve (September 4, 2014). "Always room for another Wainwright". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "8th Annual IMA Winners Release". Independent Music Awards (via Google Docs). January 14, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners". Kerrville Folk Festival. May 24, 2009. Archived from the original on October 6, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  6. ^ Hawker, Philippa. "Rufus Wainwright review: Extraordinary voice means less seems like so much more". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Bonfiglio, Jeremy. "Keeping It in the Family: Lucy Wainwright Roche Shares Stage with Suzzy Roche". No Depression. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Rogers, Jude (November 11, 2015). "The Wainwright Sisters review – Martha and Lucy weave a powerful magic". The Guardian. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (November 6, 2015). "Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche pick up family torch in the Wainwright Sisters". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Olesko, Ron (May 9, 2016). "Serving Up "Mud & Apples"". Sing Out. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Cohen, Emma (October 8, 2018). "Lucy Wainwright Roche's "Little Beast" is a masterclass in devastation". The Clarion. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Lucy Wainwright Roche on Mountain Stage". NPR. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

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