The Lucinda Belle Orchestra is the sum of one harp, a harmonium, the melodica, some strings, horns, an upright bass, drums, the ukulele, a clarinet, guitar...and one quite extraordinary songwriter and front-woman. She is Lucinda Belle, and My Voice & 45 Strings
is her debut album.
Lucinda Belle’s musical life began aged six, when she was dragged kicking and screaming by her mother to classical recitals at the Royal Festival Hall. Before the album was released she had already appeared on tour and record with the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Rufus Wainwright, Annie Lennox and Missy Elliot, as well as a slot as support to Robbie Williams at the Electric Proms 2009. Yet by day, Belle still owned and occasionally ran the family heirloom: a launderette in Balham, South London. The album was recorded in various locations including Nashville --where Lucinda once studied jazz--Los Angeles, London, Stockholm and Paris; and includes co-writes from the likes of Graham Lyle ("What’s Love Got To Do With It?") and Ed Harcourt.