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Lucy Wainwright Roche

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.[1]

Lucy Wainwright Roche
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Wainwright Roche in 2015
Background information
Born (1981-12-16) December 16, 1981 (age 37)
Greenwich Village,
New York City, New York, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2007–present
Associated actsLoudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, The Roches, The Wainwright Sisters, Rufus Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright

Musical familyEdit

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, made up the vocal group The Roches, known for their original harmonies. The couple split when Lucy was two years old and her father spent much of his time in the UK, so Lucy didn't see her father much during her childhood. The Loudon Wainwright song "Screaming Issue" is written about Lucy.[2]

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 & 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.[3] She currently resides in Brooklyn with her dog Maeby.


Roche initially chose to bypass the family career choice of music in order to teach elementary school in Durham, NC and 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.

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 has also opened for such acts as the Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee, her father Loudon Wainwright III, and half-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.[4] 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".[5]

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 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.[6]


Studio albumsEdit


  • 8 Songs (2007)[12]
  • 8 More (2008)[12]
  • Live at Lime with Lucy Wainwright Roche (2008, digital download)


  1. ^ "Stuff You Should Know TV Show". Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business". NPR. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ Knopper, Steve (4 September 2014). "Always room for another Wainwright". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "8th Annual IMA Winners Release". Independent Music Awards (via Google Docs). 14 January 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  5. ^ "2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners". Kerrville Folk Festival. 24 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  6. ^ Hawker, Philippa. "Rufus Wainwright review: Extraordinary voice means less seems like so much more". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  7. ^ Bonfiglio, Jeremy. "Keeping It in the Family: Lucy Wainwright Roche Shares Stage with Suzzy Roche". No Depression. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  8. ^ Rogers, Jude (11 November 2015). "The Wainwright Sisters review – Martha and Lucy weave a powerful magic". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  9. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (6 November 2015). "Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche pick up family torch in the Wainwright Sisters". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ Olesko, Ron (9 May 2016). "Serving Up "Mud & Apples"". Sing Out. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  11. ^ Cohen, Emma (8 October 2018). "Lucy Wainwright Roche's "Little Beast" is a masterclass in devastation". The Clarion. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Lucy Wainwright Roche On Mountain Stage". NPR. Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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