Influenced by the sounds and writing of Carole King, Zadie Smith, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday, Anoushka Lucas has been described as “an exceptional voice and a great songwriter” by Jamie Cullum.
Her debut album, Dark Soul, was produced by the renowned Martin Terefe (Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Martha Wainwright). Martin was so impressed by Anoushka's voice and her songs that he suggested they record them live at his Kensaltown Studios, adding the talents of Glen Scott on keyboards and Karl Brazil on drums into the mix. The album combines elements of classic soul and jazz to create a sound that is truly Anoushka’s but echoing the likes of Norah Jones or Laura Mvula.
Born and raised in West London to a teacher and decorator, Anoushka Lucas has always had a flair for performing. Having studied at the French Lycee, Lucas excelled in piano, ballet and languages before going on to study Russian and Italian at Oxford University.
Lucas’ international upbringing has stood her in great stead, heavily influencing her composing and songwriting. Unashamedly autobiographical, she manages to combine an honesty in her music with a sensitive warmth, touching on themes of love, sex and loss.
To date Anoushka has sold out headline shows at the Bush Hall London and PizzaExpress Dean Street, played the Love Supreme Festival and has supported Tom Odell for Brits Week 2019.
- Composing and Theatre -
As a composer, Anoushka first worked with Omar Lyefook, composing an original score for The Ballad of Klook and Vinette, a play with songs by Che Walker. Following a production at London’s Park Theatre, the show went on to be picked as a finalist at the prestigious NAMT Festival in NYC, leading to numerous staged productions in the United States. Anoushka went on to collaborate with Olivier-Award winner Sheila Atim and jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh to create an original score for The Etienne Sisters by Che Walker, staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East. More recently, Anoushka composed 8 original songs for Sparks, a new play by Jessica Butcher, which won Best Musical of the Fringe at Edinburgh Festival 2018, and is currently developing a new piece with playwright Somalia Seaton as part of the National Theatre’s Musical Theatre course.
As an actor, Anoushka appeared as Mary Magdalene in the 2016 Olivier-Award winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and has made brief cameos in Kenneth Brannagh’s Murder on the Orient Express as well as the Netflix musical Been So Long.