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Songbyrd Presents: Lucy Spraggan

with Annie Stokes
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2477 18th st NW

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From the X factor to the Byrd. Lucy Spraggan brings her dedicated following to Songbyrd for a summertime show.

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Lucy Spraggan is in a good place and wants to share it with you. She is happy in love, life and music: three things that are reflected in the anthemic, upbeat, and infectious sound of her new album. The past few years have been the best of times for the singer-songwriter and Today Was a Good Day sings that message loud. The UK has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world and an ever-growing incidence of mental health difficulties across our population: Spraggan’s personal experience of dark days compels her to pass on the message of hope that forms the backbone of this album.It’s been seven years since Spraggan appeared on the X Factor in 2012 and she’s open about the difficult times when she felt suicidal.

“I was a young person with fame and money in my pocket. I was dragged from club to club to play and given free booze,” says Spraggan. “I’m not sure where I would be without it the experience, but it was just too much for my brain. I was drinking and partying and in a terrible place.”She reached her lowest moment driving down a motorway 2013. With her foot on the accelerator at 120mph, she closed her eyes. “I was about to turn my wheel into the central reservation when my dog (her Boston Terrier, Steve) sneezed.

I knew I couldn’t do it to him and he saved me. I came straight home and started Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and my recovery started from there. It opened the door to hope.”Spraggan wants use her experiences to help others. Last year, she released ‘Stick The Kettle On’ – the first track on this the Today Was a Good Day album - in support of CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably. The track was written with Roy Stride (Scouting For Girls), and Stride and Spraggan decided work with CALM to help people who suffer with mental health issues.

Annie Stokes

Annie Stokes is a dark Americana songstress from Virginia. Raised on bluegrass and musical theater, her lyrics recall moments you thought you forgot. She and her band have released an EP and two albums and are currently working on their fourth project. She's had the pleasure of playing Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Sylvan Theater, Jammin Java, Gypsy Sally's, Moon Valley Music Festival, DOAH Fest, Untitled Music Festival, Richmond Music Hall, The 9:30 Club, Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, and every little dive bar in between. She's also had the honor of performing with artists like The Hunts, EmiSunshine, Marie Digby, Sierra Hull, and many others. In 2016, she embarked on her first tour from the Midwest to Delaware, where she learned how to command different types of spaces, from living rooms to studios to busy night clubs in midtown Manhattan. In early 2017, she and her band toured in North Carolina, and in May of 2017, she travelled from Boston to Nashville with Maine artist Lucas Roy for the North X South Tour. So far, the biggest honor of her career has been partnering with non-profit organizations devoted to sustainability. In spring of 2018, she had the privilege of performing for amazing young activists at a youth summit at George Mason University, and is proud to be an example of the intersection between art and activism.

She loves touring, snow, cats, champagne, and the mountains.

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