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Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (the Roches) and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, was born and raised in New York City. Wainwright Roche spent her formative years traveling with and amongst her large musical family. After high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, earned a Masters degree in education at Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan, and eventually began teaching second and third grade. In 2005 and 2006, she joined brother Rufus on tour to sing backup, and by 2007 had ditched the classroom for good and released an eight song, debut CD. Tours followed with the likes of Dar Williams, Neko Case, and Amos Lee, and critics began mentioning her in the same breath as Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin. Wainwright Roches first, full-length recording, Lucy, arrived in 2010.
Lucy Wainwright Roche (born December 16, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, and the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. Preceded by two EPs, 8 Songs and 8 More, Roche released her debut album, Lucy in October 2010. She also stars as Jeri in the Stuff You Should Know television show."Stuff You Should Know TV Show". imdb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III, a Grammy Award winner, and Suzzy Roche, who, along with her sisters (Lucy's aunts) Maggie and Terre Roche, make up the vocal group The Roches, known for their original harmonies. The Roches were major influences on the early careers of such artists as the Indigo Girls. Lucy has toured as an opening act for the Indigo Girls, and the duo is featured on a couple of songs on Lucy's self-titled record released in October 2010.
Lucy is also the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (whose late mother Kate was half of the Canadian folk duo Kate and Anna McGarrigle). She has toured with Rufus throughout the years. Through her father, she is a niece of Sloan Wainwright.
Roche was born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York City. She attended PS 41 in Manhattan and high school at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, graduating in 1999. She then attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2003 with a degree in creative writing. In 2006 Roche received her Master's degree in general education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
Roche initially chose to bypass the family career choice of music in order to teach elementary school in New York City for several years. In 2007, she made the decision to pursue a career in music full-time. This decision is chronicled in her "Spring Song" which appears on her EP 8 More, released in 2008. Also featured on this record is a duet of Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" with actress Martha Plimpton.
Prior to 8 More, Roche released her first EP in 2007 titled 8 Songs which featured "Saddest Sound", a song that appeared on the television show Lipstick Jungle.
In addition to opening for such acts as the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee, her father Loudon Wainwright III, and brother Rufus Wainwright, Lucy also has sung backup for Grammy-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on the Late Show with David Letterman.
In early 2009, Lucy's song "Snare Drum" won the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. In 2008, Roche was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "Emerging Artist" competition. Again in 2009, she was one of six winners of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival's "New Folk Singer/Songwriter Competition".
Roche released her debut album, Lucy, in October 2010.
Two of her songs, "Once In" and "Starting Square" are featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Last Keepers.
In 2015, Roche opened for her brother brother Rufus Wainwright on his Australia tour, where he premiered a song about her, "Lucy's Blue". On the tour, Roche shared a song from an album of "dark lullabies" that she and sister Martha Wainwright were working on."8th Annual IMA Winners Release" (PDF). Independent Music Awards (via Google Docs). 14 January 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-30. "2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners". Kerrville-Music.com. Kerrville Folk Festival. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-30. Hawker, Philippa. "Rufus Wainwright review: Extraordinary voice means less seems like so much more". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 March 2015.