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From schoolgirl to celebrity: how The Voice changed Lucy Sugerman’s life

Canberra musician Lucy Sugerman

Story by Sara Garrity

Canberra musician Lucy Sugerman was just 15 years old when she entered a reality TV show that changed the course of her life.

Key points:

  • Lucy Sugerman has been interested in music from a young age
  • She had a difficult time on The Voice, but now looks back on it with gratitude
  • New song ‘I’d Do It All Again’ is out, with more coming soon

When Lucy received a call asking her to audition for Channel Ten’s The Voice Australia in 2017, she reluctantly agreed with no expectation that she would get through to the televised blind auditions.

Little did she know that this decision would take her all the way to the Grand Finale.

From a very young age, Lucy was exposed to music by her Mum and Dad and looked up to numerous female songwriters including Taylor Swift and Carole King.

Until her time on The Voice, her performances consisted of school talent shows and busking on the streets of Canberra.

However, entering the professional setting of The Voice challenged Lucy at a young age to figure out who she wanted to be as an artist.

“It changed from ‘oh I like singing and I work hard at it and I try hard at it’ to ‘how do I make this a viable career option?’

“I was really lucky that I had an amazing support system and I was generally calm and mature about most things thanks to my parents and how they raised me,” she said.

By the time she reached the Grand Finale however, Lucy says she started to feel the pressure and panic of the situation.

She was the youngest contestant to ever make it that far and found she had not had the vocal training to withstand the long and demanding weeks on the show.

Alongside this, the then 15-year-old was experiencing online harassment, which affected her a lot at the time.

“It was stressful, and I was just ready to go home,” she said.

Although her time on The Voice was not always easy, Lucy says that the overall experience of the show was enjoyable.

The week of the Grand Finale saw Lucy sing with global pop star Katy Perry as well as her celebrity coach Seal, which is something she finds very surreal to this day.

“It was very surreal. It went a lot over my head. I wish I did stop to enjoy it for what it was at the time,” she said.

Now at 19, Lucy looks back on the show with gratitude.

“Sometimes, especially freshly after the show, I was like ‘why did I do that?’; ‘I shouldn’t have done that’. But I chose to do it, no one pressured me into it or anything, and I would not be where I am without it.”

Since the conclusion of the show in 2017, Lucy has performed alongside numerous Australian singers including John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite and has sold out her own shows.

In early September, she released her song ‘I’d Do It All Again’ with fellow artist LANKS and has promised the release of more new music soon.

“I’m just going to keep writing music and keep sharing it and hoping that people like it.”

Sara Garrity · Interview with Lucy Sugerman

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