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LUCIE DIAMOND blasted onto the international country music scene at the start of 2005, with her headline-grabbing debut single, “That’s What I Like About You”, featuring Grammy-winning guitar legend Albert Lee.
The track - a sparkling re-working of a cut on Trisha Yearwood’s debut 1991 album - was a huge hit on radio worldwide, spending a record 10 consecutive weeks at # 1 in the British Hotdisc country chart and reaching # 5 in the prestigious European CMA chart.
The follow-up single, released Easter 2005: “Kilimanjaro (that’s what you do for me)” spent several weeks at # 2 in the ECMA chart and was # 1 in several countries. That single featured Geraint Watkins on accordion, fresh from a Sir Paul McCartney album session and regular Van Morrison work. It was penned by Nashville session singer/writer Kim Parent, and California-based Rick Perry.
Lucie’s third single, released to radio in September last year, was a smash hit duet with Norway’s Arly Karlsen - European CMA male country vocalist of the year - of the classic “Always On My Mind.” This record spent 3 weeks at # 1 in the European CMA chart, knocking Faith Hill off the top spot to claim the coveted Christmas # 1.
It was also # 1 in 9 countries worldwide and played in approx 60 countries, on mainstream and country radio. The first ever duet treatment of the song.
Lucie’s latest single “Did He Mention My Name“ - her fourth - is a brand new song written for her by two top Atlanta-based writers: Vocal coach Jan Smith (clients include Usher and Rob Thomas) and Eric Johnson. Given a country-meets-rockabilly treatment, when rock and roll stars The Jets joined her for the track.
Released to radio in January 2006, it fast became a hit with 5 weeks at # 1 in the British country chart.
It is currently # 1 in the European CMA chart, where it has been since the start of April, preventing American Idol Carrie Underwood reaching the top spot.
Lucie’s latest single has reached the top spot in 8 countries. It was chosen as “record of the week” on many BBC radio stations in the UK, and by DJs in Japan, across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
Her previous single - the duet - has just gone back up the European chart to # 2, after 18 weeks in the chart and reaching # 1 at Christmas. (It knocked Carrie Underwood off the # 2 spot.)
Lucie Diamond is the ONLY British country artist to have 2 consecutive number ones in the main European country chart - plus a # 5 & # 2 - and all this in a year!
Her latest single was issued as a very special Limited Edition CD single - on UK label Big Feat Records - featuring an exclusive bonus track of “Always On My Mind,” in time for Lucie’s tour of Norway, and her major shows in Berlin at the annual Country Music Messe - Europe’s largest country music fair - to more than 10,000 people.
She also guested with The Jets at a sell out show to 800 in the UK, between the two legs of her Norwegian tour.
Lucie features on the latest “Best of British Country” CD, on Silver Heart Records, released at the end of last year - her debut single taking up track 3.
Lucie’s debut solo album “Sweet Medicine” is due for release later this year.
She was signed by Carlsbro late last year, to be their first female endorsee. The respected UK-based manufacturer of electronic equipment for live performance since 1959, recognised Lucie’s star quality, huge potential and “brilliant achievements.”
They gave her a full PA system and new CMR40 radio microphone system. She will perform at various trade shows in the UK and overseas, and tour the UK later this year to present vocal “clinics” for them.