Lucy Spraggan says she'll 'work hard and be nice'

12/07/13

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan is gearing up for the release of her debut album, which is due out later this year.

She is releasing the first track, called Lighthouse, from the record on 15 July.

"I just can't wait, it's what I've always wanted," she says with a grin on her face.

"I'll hold on to it for as long as I can, I'll work hard and be nice."

The 21-year-old had to leave the X Factor early through illness, so ended up coming ninth but has since signed a deal with Columbia Records.

Lucy, who performed her own songs on the X Factor, is a musician who knows where she wants her career to go.

Columbia Records was always where she wanted to be.

"I have Columbia mugs at my house, a Columbia T-shirt," she giggles as we chat in the headquarters of the PR company she's now represented by.

"You don't ever think you'll be on Columbia and I am and for me that's a massive life goal."

I'll hold on to it for as long as I can, I'll work hard and be nice
Lucy Spraggan

While some people have been critical of TV talent shows like the X Factor and The Voice, Lucy Spraggan says it was a great platform for her.

"There's a lot of musos out there, I used to be one of them, that says X Factor is ruining our music industry," she says.

"If you've got your own material you're not really doing the X Factor you're doing your songs every week in front of 11 million people."

But she admits for some people she will always be "that bird off X Factor".

New single

There are only three songs on the album written post-X Factor. One is the track she is releasing on Monday called Lighthouse.

"Lighthouse is about coming off the show. There's a line in it, back to where the streets are paved with stone," she explains.

"It's about coming away from all the glitz and the glam and going back to Sheffield and having a cup of tea or a beer."

The tracks made famous on the X Factor, Tea and Toast and Beerfear are also on the upcoming album.

There are some even older ones on there too, one written when Lucy Spraggan was 15.

"The song I wrote when I was 15 is really heartfelt about when someone goes away for a long period of time," she says.

"But when I actually wrote it, the person I was with went on holiday to Tunisia for two weeks."

Another tour and festival slots will fill up Lucy Spraggan's summer. Despite loving it, she is cursing her hectic schedule for one reason.

"Unfortunately at V [festival] I'm playing on the opposite day to Beyonce so I won't be able to see Queen Bey."

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