From the heart of Manchester’s thriving music scene, singer-songwriter Lusaint emerges as a mesmerizing force to be reckoned with. With a voice that harks back to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, her debut single “Dark Horse” is poised to set the world ablaze. Released earlier this year via indie powerhouse Heavenly Fire, the soulful track is just the tip of the iceberg for this talented artist.
“Dark Horse” provides a tantalizing taste of Lusaint’s forthcoming EP, self sabotage, showcasing her captivating blend of jazz and blues, all wrapped up in a modern, polished package. The single entices listeners with its delicate piano intro before erupting into an unforgettable chorus, highlighting the raw emotion that Lusaint has become known for since her stunning breakthrough in 2019.
The origins of this musical powerhouse can be traced back to a serendipitous moment when her cover of “More Than Friends” caught the public’s attention, becoming the most Shazam’d song in a single day in the UK. Since then, Lusaint has amassed over 20 million global streams, garnered support from tastemakers alike, and captivated audiences with her enchanting renditions of Beyoncé‘s “Crazy In Love” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”
So, buckle up, music lovers. As Lusaint’s star continues to rise, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in her world. Be sure to catch the release of “Dark Horse” and stay tuned for the full EP, self sabotage, dropping later this year. There’s no doubt that this beguiling songstress is on a trajectory to greatness.
How does it feel to finally release your debut single “Dark Horse” after all the hard work and anticipation?
It’s the best feeling in the world! It has taken me a while to get to this point and really find who I am as an artist. I think you learn that as you go on through your journey as an artist, but right now, I feel exactly where I’m supposed to and so happy my music is out there
Can you describe the emotions and experiences that inspired you to write the record, and furthermore, what made it the perfect debut for you?
“Dark Horse” is a very vulnerable song. The track is about doing anything you possibly can to see a certain person again. You’d do anything to be with them at any given moment. Which I think a lot of people can relate to for so many different reasons. It purveys so many emotions for me, especially singing this song live. It’s a little different from the songs on my upcoming EP but unveils so many emotions for me, I had to release it first.
Manchester has a rich musical history. How has growing up and living there influenced your music?
I have really enjoyed being a part of the live scene myself in jazz bars and small music venues in Manchester. A lot of my friends are musicians living in the city too. It’s amazing to have them around me and be a part of such a creative scene. Growing up in Stretford, I wasn’t really surrounded by music but the older I got the more I went to seek it out. After watching small shows as a teen, I would spend my time writing music and small poems.
Your acoustic covers of “Crazy in Love” and “Wicked Game” have been incredibly popular with the latter accumulating just over 4 million views. What draws you to these particular songs?
“Wicked Game” is one of all time favorite songs. The lyrics and melody have always drawn me in. It’s captivating and powerful but also very emotional lyrically. I really wanted to emphasize that when recording the track.
As a singer-songwriter, what’s your creative process like? How do you come up with ideas for new records?
I record a lot of random melodies into my phone throughout the day. Then in the evening, I come back to them, and start piecing together with music and lyrics. Every time is a different process but usually, my songs come from a whispered mumble from my phone! Something that’s inspired me from my day or made me stop and think.
I feel like fashion and beauty tie into artistry more than a lot of people give credit. How often do you turn to style as a vehicle of creativity?
I always turn to style as a way of creativity. It’s a way of navigating how you want to come across without saying anything, whether that be in your everyday life and for me, as an artist. I love the art form of fashion and style. Vintage finds and thrifting is my favorite hobby. My grandma has a thrift shop very close to her home and everything is £1! My best finds are in that place! It’s my hideout.
Can you give us any hints about what to expect from your upcoming EP self sabotage?
A rebirth of timeless hidden gems.