Lorna Brooks has been described as “A songwriter with an acoustic blend of soul/folk and a touch of jazz thrown in”, we at IndiePulse Music agree, her range, sincerity and sensitivity are astounding and she brings the essence of loving compassion to the music world. Lorna Brooks has released her third album One More Time.
Lorna has opened for and toured with various artists including Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Candi Staton, Michael Marra, Shawn Colvin, Martin Stephenson, Iris de Ment, Jimmy Sommerville, James Grant, Sharon Shannon, Bert Jansch, Horse, Tuck and Patti and Beth Nilson Chapman also worked as a session musician with various artists including backing vocals for John Martyn.
A singer -songwriter born in Glasgow – her mother a pianist and a music teacher and her father, who sadly was tone deaf but had a huge appreciation for music (especially jazz) and a very large record collection, influenced Lorna’s early years and at quite a young age she grudgingly set off to piano lessons. Her love of music encouraged her to then learn trumpet and guitar. Not until she was in her twenties did she find her voice.
She has played trumpet in a punk rock band, performed in theatre throughout Europe, busked in streets in New York, written for theatre, lugged keyboards in and out of vans – maybe the cause of a prolapsed disc!! Due to this reason she changed mediums for her music to guitar, which is much easier to transport whilst spending her life playing music.
After finding herself in the company of Eric Bibb one night and being invited to play one of her own songs on one of Eric’s beautiful guitars, she couldn’t resist. And here is when a beautiful union was forged. Hearing the thunderous applause in this hotel bar in Edinburgh, Eric asked her to play and play.
And so a relationship was born. Eric then asked Lorna to open for him at his show at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. Next, he brought his family up to Scotland for a few days so that he could take Lorna into the Sound Café Studios and record some of her own material and inspired the beginnings of a new album.
Lorna has successfully released three solo albums ‘Kowtow’, ‘Just’ and ‘One More Time’ which features her good friend Eric Bibb on backing vocals .
What the Music Press has been saying about her work,
“Lorna’s third album is a top-class production, featuring 11 original songs of beauty, distinction and subtlety, which are shot through with the same fragility and delicacy as the late Eva Cassidy’s cannon. Lorna possesses a charmingly honest lyrical manner…. the great Eric Bibb joins Lorna on One more time”
“From the opening song, Lorna grabbed the audience with her exceptional, distinctive, powerful voice and delivery. She wooed the attentive listeners early on with a selection of her well known songs, such as the brilliant Tired, and held them in awe with an amazing, heartfelt rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.”
Lorna Brooks “the kind of voice you want to spend the rest of your life with.”
“With little more than a 12 string acoustic and a songbird sweet voice, Lorna delivers note perfect renditions of her own songs in a voice that soars and dips in a complex weave of melodies and harmonies.”
“Lorna Brooks is fast becoming one of Scotland’s outstanding singer/songwriters”
Scotland on Sunday
“Scotland has a long tradition of producing talented female singer/ songwriters. And the grittily soulful Lorna Brooks is looking set to follow in the footsteps of her predecessors.”
The Evening Times
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