Lucy Spraggan (born 21 July 1991) is an English musician, currently signed to CTRL Records.

She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, "Last Night".[3] 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. Following the show Spraggan was signed to Columbia Records. 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. Her debut major label album, Join The Club, was released on 7 October 2013, reaching number 7 in the UK charts.[4]

Her third album, We Are, was released on 4 May 2015. It was preceded by lead single "Unsinkable", released 13 April 2015.

In July 2016 Spraggan released "Dear You", the first single from her fourth album I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing. The video starred This Is England actor Thomas Turgoose.[5]

Music career

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

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.[6] 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.[6] 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,[11] and a music video shoot for her single Last Night, which received over 455,000 views.[11][12]

On 20 October 2011 Spraggan independently released her album Top Room at the Zoo.[13] 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.[14]

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,[15] Osfest,[16] Strawberry Fields Festival[17] Whaley Bridge Water Weekend and Cockermouth Rock Festival.[18][19]

2012: The X Factor

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,[20] and reached Number 2 on iTunes. However, it was soon removed from iTunes by request of The X Factor producers.[21] 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.[22][4] 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.[4]

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.[4][4]

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.[4]

Performances on The X Factor

EpisodeThemeSongResult
AuditionFree choice"Last Night" (original song)Advanced
Bootcamp 1Group performance"Moves like Jagger"Advanced
Bootcamp 2Solo performance"Tea and Toast" (original song)Advanced
Judges' housesNo theme"I Will Always Love You"Advanced
Week 1Heroes night"Mountains" (original song)Safe (5th)
Week 2Love and heartbreak"Gold Digger"Safe (5th)
Week 3Club classics"Titanium" (version with original lyrics)Safe (7th)

2012–13: Join the Club

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 as I can remember and I hope people will be able to relate."[4] 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'.[4] Spraggan confirmed the second single lifted from the album would be "Last Night (Beer Fear)" was released on 30 September.[4]

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.[4]

2014–present: We Are, Home EP and I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing

November 2014 Spraggan showcased new music she'd been working on since The X Factor. On 17th January via Facebook she announced the title of her sophomore album entitled We Are, which was released on 4th May 2015, and the first single "Unsinkable" released on 12th March 2015. Following the album's release Spraggan embarked on "The Unsinkable Tour". In 2015, Spraggan wrote and sang the "catchy" lyrics for the TV advert for online fashion store Simplybeyou. Later in 2015 Spraggan was signed to CTRL Records. On 3rd February 2016 Lucy Spraggan announced, via social media, that her new EP would be called Home and due to be released on February 9th. The EP contained 3 new songs called Home,Yes, This One's For You and Skylights. It also included a new version of Tea and Toast which explained the story behind the song. On 9th November 2016, Spraggan announced her fourth album 'I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing', which was released on 27th January 2017. On December 8th 2016 the video for the first single from the album Modern Day Frankenstein became available to view online with the preorder for the album following December 10th 2016.

2017: Dear You Tour & Summer Festivals

Spraggan announced a headline European tour to promote her new album, 'I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing', starting at The Waterfront, Norwich on 1 March and concluding at the Gruner Salon, Berlin on 28 March 2017. The tour consisted of 18 dates in total. Summer festival highlights for Spraggan included performances at Hope & Glory (Wonders Of The Age Stage), Isle Of Wight (Big Top Stage), Glastonbury (Acoustic) and Tramlines (Sheffield).

2017: Acoustic Tour

On 19th May 2017 Spraggan announced via her social media pages that she was going to embark on a 31 date UK tour throughout September and October of that year. The full list of dates and tickets are available on

Personal life

Spraggan attended Buxton Community School and the University of Derby,[4] and currently resides in Stockport. She is openly gay[5] and married to Georgina Gordon.[5][5] Her mother, Anstey, is a freelance journalist.[5]

Discography

Albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
UK
[37]
IRE
[38]
SCO
[41]
Top Room at the Zoo
  • Released: 20 October 2011 (UK)
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
227219
Join the Club
  • Released: 7 October 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP
7146
We Are
  • Released: 4 May 2015 (UK)
  • Label: CTRL Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
17
I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing
  • Released: 27 January 2017 (UK)
  • Label: CTRL Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP
126
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays

TitleDetails
Home
  • Released: 8 February 2016
  • Label: CTRL Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Singles

As lead artist

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[37]
IRE
[38]
SCO
[44]
2012"Tea and Toast"50Join the Club
2013"Lighthouse"262114
"Last Night (Beer Fear)"111611
2015"Unsinkable"78We Are
2016"Dear You"I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing
"Modern Day Frankenstein"
YearTitleAlbum
2014"Give Me Sunshine"
(Santa Maradona F.C. featuring Lucy Spraggan)
N/A

Other charted songs

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[37]
IRE
[38]
2012"Someone"137Top 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

YearTitleDirector[45]Funded by[11]
2011"Dreamer" (featuring J-Mac)Ollie Green & Daniel EntwistleLive and Unsigned
2012"Last Night"Damien Reeves
2013"Lighthouse"N/ASony Music Entertainment
2013"Last Night (Beer Fear)"Damien Reeves
2013"Mountains"Michael Baldwin
2013"Tea And Toast"N/A
2015"Unsinkable"Damien ReevesCTRL Records
2016"Dear You"Damien Reeves & Lucy SpragganCTRL Records
2016"Modern Day Frankenstein"Damien ReevesCTRL Records