Born Marie MacDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennox Castle, Glasgow, she positively exploded onto the British and International pop scene at the tender age of 15 with Shout.
From that point on Lulu was set for the top. In America an amazing thing happened when in 1966, Lulu landed a role in the politically prescient movie To Sir With Love, with Sidney Poitier, and her haunting title song, originally a B-side, was flipped by American radio and raced to the number one spot in the States, where it stayed for an amazing five weeks, selling over a million copies!!!
Decade after decade the hits keep coming. In 1974, David Bowie produced and played on her hit The Man Who Sold The World. 1986 brought a new top ten for a dance remix of Shout. Lulu’s next reinvention came in 1993, when she released the acclaimed Independence album, with her solo influences more to the fore that ever. The same year Lulu hit number 1 in the UK charts accompanying Take That on the smash hit Relight My Fire.
2002 brought Together, an album of duets which Lulu was joined by contemporaries such as Elton John, Paul McCartney and Sting as well bright young chart stars like Atomic Kitten, Westlife, Samantha Mumba and Ronan Keating, with who Lulu had the top five single We’ve Got Tonight. The album promptly turned Gold.
Over the years Lulu has also forged a formidable writing partnership with her brother, Billy Lawrie gaining Ivor Novello and Grammy Nominations. They co-wrote Tina Turner’s I Don’t Wanna Fight and songs recorded by American country singer Wynona Judd as well as David Cassidy. They have penned half of the dozen rocking songs which fully showcase Lulu’s irresistible raspy vocals and have her sounding her best in years on her latest album titled Back On Track. Lulu says, back on track is exactly where I found myself when writing and recording the kind of songs I really love to sing. I’ve had a varied career as an entertainer, but started out as a real rock ‘n’ roller, in my heart and soul that’s where I am the happiest and where it is the most real. Still brimming with enthusiasm for making great music and never content to thrive on past glories, Lulu isn’t ready to hang up the microphone yet.