Lucinda Peters is clearly out of the ordinary. After all, jazz artists seldom explode like star-bursts upon an unsuspecting audience. Rather they tend to rise steadily in stature, gradually gaining experience and finding what it is they want to express. No one seems to have told Lucinda that. She seemed to suddenly arrive on the Sydney jazz scene, immediately lighting it up with her sensual, stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks voice and unassuming yet utterly captivating stage presence.
With the support of national treasure and jazz icon, Don Burrows, she planned her first album, the tender and euphoric "Show Me The Way to Your Heart". For this stunning debut she attracted the talents of the cream of the Australian jazz scene, including pianists Kevin Hunt and Sean Wayland, guitarist James Muller, vibraphonist Daryl Pratt and drummers Simon Barker and Nick McBride, as well as the inimitable Burrows himself. The title track features in Jane Champion's 2003 film, In the Cut.
“..The ineffable, luxurious magic emanating form the music of Lucinda Peters has doubtless been revealed to people in many fold ways. For me the realisation that there was a talent possessing profound originality and an extremely well developed ability to articulate that talent in our midsts came on hearing her recently released album, Show Me The Way To Your Heart…” Craig Pierce, Drum Media
Of course she didn’t burst out of a vacuum. She grew up in a highly musical family in Adelaide. Lucinda began learning the piano at the age of five, then classical guitar at six with Cathy and Jason Waldron. (Progressive classical guitar, Barrios Transcriptions). While studying BMus. Classical guitar, she became a member of the jazz choir, 'The Adelaide Connection' and toured to the US. Jazz singing soon took over as her overriding passion.
Briefly taking up electric bass, she found herself through the mid-1990s, singing and playing with the Aboriginal group, Mixed Relations Band, led by Bart Willoughby touring extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, US and UK. Lucinda has toured both as solo artist and band leader to Japan, UK, Europe, Edinburgh fringe, Adelaide Festival Fridge, NY, LA, and throughout Australia.
For her second self-produced album, 'Desert Stars', she collaborated with Simon Barker, Matt McMahon and Phil Slater (Bo5N), SSO string players and James Muller. This is another self-assured album. Her song Kiss, brings a folk element, while 'Desert Stars' is an atmospheric space travelling experience that only Bo5N could create.
“...highly individual music territory, producing sheets of calming sounds for Lucinda's vocals to glide among with her wide range and pure tonal quality.” John McBeath, The Australian
Lucinda has a BMus (Jazz Voice) through ANU/Sydney Conservatorium, where she studied with Vince Jones and Miroslav Bukovsky.
Lucinda continues her passion for playing and teaching throughout Australia.