LUTZIE (Lucia Opalka), is a 17-year-old pianist-singer-songwriter from Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. Lucia began studying piano when she was four and immediately began composing. Singing and performing her originals became part of her musical education along that developed with along with classical repertoire. She took the stage, from music cafes and open-mic nights to local senior centers and private parties, and in 2015 began accessing the larger world of musical mentors and peers through the Seattle Theatre Group’s Songwriters’ Lab. In 2016 and 2017 she was twice spotlighted as part of Up Next, the emerging artist performance series co-sponsored by Seattle Theatre Group and Starbucks, and was selected to performed her originals for VIP theatre-goers to Beautiful: the Carole King Story.
In 2018 at a Seattle Cornish Institute performance workshop, instructor, musician, and producer Andrew Vait (SISTERS, LIttle Wins) spotted Lucia’s 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. Three resulting singles dropped in the fall and Winter of 2019, and her debut EP with the collection, To Disappear, dropped in January, 2020.
INDIE MUSIC CENTER
LUTZIE offers us lyric flights worthy of a great artist. Probably one of the most beautiful musical discoveries of the year!
COME HERE FLOYD
LUTZIE is uber talented. Full stop. With a couple of singles released, the full potential and power of this singer songwriter is yet to be fully displayed.
With a hint of vulnerability, 'Rain' is an awesome piece that showcases LUTZIE's vocal prowess.