Lutzie, the stage name of Bainbridge Island teen singer-songwriter Lucia Opalka, recently unveiled “Rain,” the second of three singles set for release this year as part of the lead-up to the debut of her inaugural EP.
The song is available to stream via a number of platforms, including YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TikTok, Amazon, and others.
Opalka has been composing and performing since she was 4, but began really accessing the larger world of musical mentors and peers through the Seattle Theatre Group’s Songwriters’ Lab in 2015.
In 2016 and 2017, she performed a set of originals for VIP theatre-goers to “Beautiful: the Carole King Story,” and was twice spotlighted as part of Up Next, the emerging artist performance series co-sponsored by Seattle Theatre Group and Starbucks.
In 2018, at a Seattle Cornish Institute performance workshop where he was an instructor, Andrew Vait, Seattle musician and producer (SISTERS, Little Wins), noticed her songwriting and performing skills. With his mentorship and partnership as producer, and collaborating with Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Divers, Beck, The Shins) on bass and percussionist Sean Lane (Pedro the Lion, Perfume Genius, Yppah), the first-ever Lutzie project took shape.
As part of a recent roundup of choice pop releases, the reviewers at Aipate said, “With a hint of vulnerability, ‘Rain’ is an awesome piece that showcases the youngster’s vocal prowess.”
Indie Music Center wrote of the single, “If you spend your Friday nights in front of the TV that offers abject rehearsals made by kids without talent, you will probably take a slap discovering Lutzie. Because at only 16, the girl has nothing to prove. With a voice perfectly placed on a delicate piano, she offers us lyric flights worthy of a great artist, with all the maturity that goes with it … Probably one of the most beautiful musical discoveries of the year!”
Visit www.lutzieofficial.com to learn more.