"In August 2008 I shall be headlining a festival with my band to 50,000 people in a stadium in Lithuania, on TV to 4 million people and meeting the President of the country afterwards. Tonight, I am here in the Yorkshire countryside, in the front room of a beautiful chocolate-box cottage, with around 60 new friends and two wonderful hosts. It certainly puts a new meaning to 'up close and personal.'
This is now my favourite venue anywhere in the world, equal to the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, where I have been honoured to perform 4 times in the last 2 years. I can't wait to come back here... Soon. Thank you so much for a lovely, lovely evening and a special memory."
Female Vocalist of the Year., European Country Artist of the Year., ECMA Future Star Award., European Country Music Association Awards July 2006. British country star Lucie Diamond swept the board at the annual European CMA country music awards with three major wins. Up against fierce competition, including superstars Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and Gretchen Wilson, Lucie won more awards than any other artist.
Already nominated for Album of the Year and Single of the Year in the UK Country Radio Awards, plus having won the Hotdisc Award for 2007 Single of the Year (with 8 weeks at number one in the Hotdisc chart.) It has just been announced that Lucie Diamond has a total of SIX nominations in the annual European CMA Country Music Awards.
The ONLY British artist to be nominated in any categories this year. Lucie's nominations are:
"Female Vocalist of the Year"
"Vocal Collaboration of the Year" (with Arly Karlsen)
"European Artist of the Year"
"European Album of the Year"
"Independent Album of the Year"
"European Song of the Year"
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. A huge hit on radio worldwide, spending a record 10 consecutive weeks at # 1 in the British country chart and reaching # 5 in the prestigious European CMA chart.
In just 2 years, she scored 5 major hits in the main European CMA country chart and airplay in up to 60 countries. Rock and roll stars The Jets played on her 4th single - a chart topper. Norway’s Arly Karlsen dueted on Lucie's first number one record.
Lucie Diamond - described as "a cross between Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes" - is the ONLY British country artist to have 2 consecutive number ones in the main European country chart - plus a no.5 & no.2 & no. 7 - and all this in little over a year!
Lucie wowed audiences in the UK, Denmark, Norway and Berlin in 2005 & 2006. In April 2006 she won an ovation when she opened for Live Aid star Paul Young, at his request, at a sold-out London show.
In May last year, she visited Nashville for the first time and was overwhelmed with the response to her live shows. Lucie also wrote with some big name songwriters, was in demand from the media and was asked to give private showcase acoustic performances to magazines, radio stations, record labels and major music business execs.
In July '06, Lucie swept the board at the annual European CMA country music awards in Spain. Winning 3 of her 4 nominations - more awards than any other artist - with Dolly Parton just snatching the 4th, Lucie was voted "Female Vocalist of the Year," beating Dolly, Faith Hill and Gretchen Wilson to the title.
The ONLY British artist to win an award in the 2006 awards, judges also decided she was worthy of "European Artist of the Year" and ECMA "Future Star Award."
Lucie re-visited the USA in October and into November last year. She was invited to make a 2nd visit to the world famous Bluebird Cafe, to sing her own songs - along with many more prestigious gigs in Music City that month.
Lucie's management Kudos Music UK, arranged a private "by invitation only" industry showcase for music biz VIPs, at prestigious venue 12th & Porter, following many requests by record labels and Music Row executives after her sizzling Nashville debut in May.
Platinum-selling country star Jason Aldean loaned Lucie his full band for the showcase set, and a film crew captured the event. Over 150 music industry VIPs, including 8 record labels were in attendance and Lucie won a standing ovation and rave reviews.
She will be back in Nashville in May and June this year, by invitation of the powerful CMA, to represent the UK at their annual CMA Global Artist Party in downtown Nashville. She will be the only female artist on a bill with 5 male country artists from Australia, Canada and Ireland.