Charlotte Lily is the positive energy we have been craving. In a world of uncertainty and similarities, her recent stand out singles “What I’ve Been Waiting For” and “Cowgirl Boots’ bring a raw freshness of positivity to the airwaves.
Charlotte certainly wears her battle scars proud, and so she should. From busking on every street corner in the harshest winter weathers, to singing in pubs to just her parents watching, she never let it interrupt her passion for performing.
Charlotte’s love for music was discovered when she was just 12 years old. An electric guitar given to her as a Christmas present, turned into the dream she would see through a decade later. Her first knock back came from a guitar teacher who told Charlotte her hands were too small to learn chords, so like any determined mind would do, she taught herself to play the guitar instead.
A family move across the Atlantic saw Charlotte’s musical influences range to American country rock and acoustic. Her parent’s collection of CDs played by the backyard pool grasped Charlotte’s attention to chord progressions and melodies. The milestone in Charlotte’s music discovery was when she saw Colbie Caillat perform live. After watching how Colbie captivated an audience with her acoustic guitar, and hearing the authenticity in storytelling songs, Charlotte knew this was the music she wanted to write.
Naturally, Charlotte began songwriting. On her family relocation back to the UK, Charlotte set about busking and started uploading live music videos recorded in her bedroom online. It didn’t take long before she had performed her first live gig. Many more gigs followed, and Charlotte enrolled onto a music production course at college.
‘Henri’s Song’ was the first self release produced by Charlotte on music production software. It was a song about the day she said goodbye to her beloved cat, which gained her over 1 million combined views online, and the start of her BBC Introducing support. 2 self recorded bedroom EPs followed, a music production university course started, and Charlotte was gaining momentum around the unsigned circuit.
In 2018 an opportunity to audition on a Saturday night TV show was offered to Charlotte. Determined to do all she could to have her music heard, the invitation was accepted. Although the final edit of Charlotte’s appearance did not reflect what really happened during her time on the show, getting to perform inside Wembley Arena is still the highlight of Charlotte’s memories to date.
The Wembley Arena performance opened doors to Charlotte recording music in a world class Thailand recording studio. Over the course of 2019, Charlotte spent the year between London and Thailand studios, and ultimately created her music for 2020 releases.
Charlotte drew her path from an early age, developing skills needed to survive in a challenging industry. She continuously worked through every rejection, coming back stronger after every set back and financial worry. This has sculpted her to be the headstrong songwriter we know today.