This Artist Left a Successful Career to Travel the World

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I found Lucy Rose backstage at Latitude Festival in Suffolk, UK.

She is a modest, witty, and understated individual.  Which is why she clearly did not want to discuss the private jet.  Private jet?  Oh yeah.  While booking this episode it came out that she was riding on Mumford & Sons’ private jet to Ireland.  If you or I were asked to fly on M&S’s private jet we’d tell every individual we know. But that’s not Lucy. She’s so modest.

Since 2012, Lucy has scrapped her way onto main stages at festivals across the UK and built a solid fanbase. But after two albums she’d had enough and took a sabbatical in Central and South America.  She even considered leaving music altogether.

Making money as a musician is relatively impossible.  So why when things were just starting to go her way did Lucy feel the need to run?

Major. Label.

Columbia signed her to a deal then wanted a different person.  They didn’t think she was writing the right songs or wearing the right clothes.  Rather than sit around and mope Lucy took to Twitter and contacted fans all over South America and asked if they’d host her on a trip.  Their response was so enthusiastic that Lucy bought a camera and put her husband on documentary duty.

“It’s not going to have anything radio friendly on it.”

What was supposed to be a trip to clear the head turned into an unofficial tour.  None of her fans were affiliated with the music industry yet all of them managed to book her small shows around the continent.  To their and Lucy’s surprise large crowds showed up to each gig.

Upon returning to London, Lucy got everyone from her team together for a meeting.  She sat them down and said, “I’m going to make a record now. I’m ready.”  A sigh of relief washed over the room.  Lucy went on, “however it’s not going to have anything radio friendly on it, but it will be the best record I’ve ever made.”  And like that, Lucy was released from her contract.

Shortly thereafter, Lucy fired her entire team and self funded the record.  All of this heartache and uncertainty could have been bypassed by acquiescing to the label’s desires.  But that’s not what she wanted.

It’s a sentiment and story so inspiring it sounds fake.  Once the record was done she took a meeting with English label Communion.  She pitched her story and without hearing any music they signed her on the spot.

Listening to an artist complain about their label is a part of working in music, but rarely do they ever take action.  Lucy stayed true to her instincts and it worked out.  Her most recent album, Something’s Changing, was a critical and financial success. That’s an artist I can stick by.  Learn more about her amazing story below on the podcast.