Lucy Spraggan first gained attention when she auditioned on the UK’s X Factor in 2012. Ever since then, she has over 50 million views on YouTube, more than 25 million streams on Spotify and was  one of the most Googled musician of 2012.

Spraggan believes that her “folky pop music” is different from other’s because she keeps her accent while she sings. “I sing with a British accent, which is something not many British people do,” she told uInterview in an exclusive interview at SXSW in Austin, Tex. “I sing with the same accent that I speak with.”

She got her start in music when she was still in school, she always wrote songs about what she would see around school. “I first started writing songs in school, I mainly wrote songs about teachers, to make people laugh.” Spraggan shared. “It’s quite a bit of comedy in some of my music.”

Her school-time songs then led her to realize her love for songwriting and her passion “about observational anecdotes.” “I just love it,” Spraggan said. “I love being able to project what you’re thinking through music.”

Spraggan’s talent for songwriting is what made her stand out at the auditions of the X Factor in the U.K. She was the first ever contestant to audition with her own song. Unfortunately after the third live show, she had to go home because she was not feeling well. But despite departing, she still gained a huge and ever growing fan following. “It was definitely the X Factor that sort of started that core fan base that I got in the UK,” she said.

Read uInterview’s full interview with Lucy Spraggan below.

Can you describe your music?

LS: So my music is kind of folky pop music, I’m a songwriter, I’m quite passionate about observational anecdotes. And I sing with a British accent, which is something not many British people do. And I’m from the north of England, so most Americans always say “Are you from Australia?” But I’m not I’m from England, I’m from the north of England, and I sing with the same accent that I speak with.

When was the first time you started singing?

LS: I first started writing songs in school, I mainly wrote songs about teachers, to make people laugh. It’s quite a bit of comedy in some of my music. It kind of just started from there, I’ve always been a big attention seeker, and I was like “oh this helps me get attention.” I just love it, I love being able to project what you’re thinking through music, and that’s what I’ve always enjoyed.

Can you describe your experience on The X Factor (UK)?

LS: In 2012, I went on the British X Factor. I was the first person on the history of the TV show to do their own songs. And then in the 3rd week of the live shows, I had to leave, I wasn’t very well. Since then I’ve had top 40 records in the U.K.  and I tour all around, and hopefully in America very soon. I was working a day job and doing shows at night, I was doing five shows a week just trying to get known. There were really cool support slots and things happening, but it was definitely the X Factor that sort of started that core fan base that I got in the UK.

What’s coming up next for you?

LS: I’ve just signed a record deal with Cooking Vinyl Records and Publishing, which is really cool. I released my last two records on my own label, CTRL Records. I’ve got a new album coming, but I’ve just got to write some more songs.

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