We are delighted and honoured to interview one of the Costa del Sol’s most talented and sensational wedding entertainers today. Read on to find out why the extraordinary Lucy Sassoon is in hot demand all across southern Spain…
As a singer and a pianist, your love of song and music must have been strong from an early age. Who were your biggest musical influences through your childhood, into your teens, and into adulthood?
Growing up in my home was like growing up in the Von Trapp family! We had 3 pianos in our home and 6 pianists. As a classical pianist and cellist, growing up I used to love the piano music of Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Chopin and the composers of the Romantic era. Any chance to play one of their pieces and I would. Between me and my 3 siblings there were recitals going on in every room til the wee hours of the morning.
It was the norm, though now I realise it isn’t!
My warmest, most nostalgic musical memories of childhood are listening and singing along to my dad playing Linda Rondstadt, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Barbara Streisand and Gershwin. He plays jazz standards so beautifully it still melts my heart. In fact every chance I have to get him up at one of my performances, I do. We used to sing Over the Rainbow and But Beautiful – and may I add, the Tony Bennett Lady Gaga version of the latter is heaven to me…
Growing up as a teen the music I would listen to, which became the soundtrack to my life, was Stevie Wonder and Pat Metheny. Stevie is my complete favourite of all time with this slower ballads. His music touches me, and his voice moves me so much. And as for his upbeat Motown tracks, I love Signed Sealed Delivered, I Wish, For Once In My Life, Living for the City… there is nothing that I find more uplifting! Earth Wind and Fire, The Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Sting, Motown and Soul are yet more favourites from that time.
During the cocktail reception I love to perform a lot of jazz, Latin and soul classics. I’m often told my delivery reminds guests of Diana Krall. She is one of my greatest influences actually. So lovely background music – again often romantic at this stage whilst people sip their cocktails and mingle, jazz classics like The Way You Look Tonight, My Baby Just Cares, All Of Me, It Had To Be You… through to Fly Me To The Moon, Come Fly With Me, The Lady Is A Tramp, My One and Only Love, Latin songs such as S’Wonderful, Girl From Ipanema, and Desafinado. I also love James Taylor and Carole King (You’ve got a Friend) or a bit of Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, John Legend (All of me… or Beauty and the Beast, which he sang with Arianna Grande), plus lots of Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis and Alicia Keyes. All these artists I love performing at this stage.
As for the dinner and later part of the evening, it’s great to take it up a notch with some Stevie Wonder Classics; Signed Sealed Delivered, Superstition, I Wish, For Once in My Life… then onto a bit of George Benson, The Jackson 5 (from Gimme the Night, All Night Long through to Rehab and Valerie ), then maybe some Ray Charles (Unchain My Heart etc), Earth Wind and Fire (September or Boogie Wonderland) and then it’s fun to switch to some Bruno Mars and all the fun tracks: Happy, Uptown Funk, and so on.
Can you tell us something about some of the most special locations you have played at in southern Spain?
I always love to perform at Villa Padierna and Villa Padierna Beach Club. Some of the luxury villas in La Zagaletta overlooking the views are stunning. I perform regularly at the 5 star hotels by the coast, such as Monteros, H10 Palace, Trocadero on the beach, and The Beach House. All so stunning especially at sunset.