Lutricia McNeal, born
and raised in Oklahoma City, USA, comes from a large
family and is the seventh of nine children. Her father was
a preacher, her mother a missionary.
first contact with music came from singing in the church gospel
choir. Her father, who brought in extra money by working at the
Union Bus Station, met artists such as Tina Turner and James
Brown passing through. The stories he brought home fascinated
young Lutricia, and fueled her dreams for the future. Later
on, she won a music scholarship to Grambling State University, Louisiana.
In 1989, she took off for Europe with a college friend. She
had no definite plans other than to travel and see the sights.
The trip was like an attempt to make her dream come true. She took
every opportunity she had to sing, hoping that someone would hear
her and offer her a break.
After spending time in Germany, singing with local bands, Lutricia
and her friend went for a holiday in Sweden. After a week, the friend
went back home, and Lutricia stayed on. The break came when she
met up with producer-team Rob'N'Raz and became lead-singer
for their new project, Rob'N'Raz DLC.
Lutricia recorded two albums with the group and had a number of
hits, including songs like "Clubhopping", "Bite
the Beat" and "In Command" (No 1 in Sweden).
the winter of 1996/97, she recorded her first solo album, entitled
"My Side of Town". The first single off the album,
"Ain't That Just The Way" became an instant No.
1 hit in Sweden. Shortly thereafter, she was elected Newcomer of
the Year at the Swedish Dance Music Awards.
It didn't take long until "Ain't That Just The Way"
was released throughout Europe and became a Top 5 single everywhere.
It later became a Top 3 single in Japan and New Zealand and finally
cracked the British Top 5 in November 1997.
While "Ain't That Just The Way" stormed the international
charts, the song "My Side Of Town" was
released as a follow-up single from her debut album in Sweden, Germany
and New Zealand, where it was a No. 1 hit and went Platinum.
the meantime Lutricia had recorded new songs, so that her debut
album was re-issed for the British and American market. The album
was simply titled "Lutricia McNeal" in the UK and "My
Side Of Town (The U.S. Version)" in the rest of the world.
The next single taken off the album was the soulful midtempo song
"Stranded," which became a No. 1 hit
on the British airplay charts and a No. 3 single on the sales charts.
This song also went Platinum in New Zealand and was a Top 10 single
all over Europe.
The following singles from that album - "Someone Loves You
Honey" and "The Greatest Love You'll Ever Know"
- made it onto the British Top Ten charts and became hit singles
all over the place. A special Christmas single was released in winter
that time Lutricia already recorded her second album and presented
her new single "365 Days" in September
1999. The video for that single was a high-budget video that was
shot at the same location where the Hollywood blockbuster movie
"Identity" was later filmed. This song became another
huge hit for Lutricia and two months later, her second album "Whatcha
Been Doing" was released. Together, both albums sold over
2 million copies worldwide (with the single "Ain't That Just
The Way" selling another 2 million copies on its own).
Another single, "Fly Away," was taken
off the album before Lutricia took some time out in 2000 / 2001 to write her own songs and music.
returned with a new album, entitled "Metroplex,"
in May 2002. The first single off the album was "Perfect
Love," which reached the TOP 10 on the sales charts
and TOP 5 on the radio charts in Sweden. It was also successful
on the always-difficult German and Austrian market and became one
of the biggest radio hits in 2002.
The following singles - "Wrong Or Right,"
"You Showed Me" and "Power
Of Music" - became huge radio hits and re-inforced
her old nickname "Queen of Radio." Three
singles off the Metroplex album reached the TOP 10 of the single
sales charts in Poland.
For the next one and a half year Lutricia worked on her next album
"Soulsister Ambassador," which was released
in October 2004. A Japanese edition, entitled "Rise" (including
several bonus tracks) was released one year later.
first single off the album was "Promise Me."
It became one of Lutricia's biggest radio hits in Germany. It went
straight to No 1 on several German radio stations and was was the
most played mainstream song on German radio for two consecutive
weeks (making it No1 on the German Format Charts).
At the same time, her fans were really surprised to see Lutricia
on the cover of the German Playboy Magazine. In
fact, she had decided to pose for the prestigious magazine and could
be seen in a 10-page-pictorial in November 2004.
In late 2005 Lutricia released two brand new singles: "It's
Not Easy" and "Best Of Times,"
which both shot straight into the Swedish Top 10 single charts.
Actually, "It's Not Easy" was Lutricia's
most successful hit single in Sweden since "Ain't That Just
The Way" in 1996.
Lutricia is back with her new single "You Make Me Feel Good."