Photography: Bob Gruen | Bedroom
Straying far from any childish schoolyard standards, 11-year-old singer/songwriter Lulu Scout has teamed up with 12-year-old DJ Aiden Jude to create a fiery remix of Scout’s original track, “Hurricane,” all in a laudable effort to raise funds for the Children of the Refugee Crisis. The song’s packed with enough pulsing energy to enliven a warehouse, soaring with synth-heavy sparks and thrashing rave-ready bass—a bold sound that’s rare for such young tastemakers to produce.
The tweet titans’ dance floor filler is lifted off Scout’s newly released debut album Uncovered, a collection of prodigious covers that range from an aggressive version of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” to a stripped-down take on Sia’s David Guetta-produced anthem “Titanium.” A true display of the fresh talent’s commanding, soulful vocals, the breakout LP was recorded at New York’s landmark Soundtrack Studio, home to iconic names like Nirvana, Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Frank Sinatra and now Scout.
On the album opener, “Hurricane,” we hear a softer, more earnest version of the track Scout remodeled with Jude. “Cause it’s a hurricane, when life knocks you down; what comes around goes around, I won’t let it bring me down,” she coos with an impressive conviction in her tone that beautifully plays off a bright, bouncy keyboard. Scout’s voice is remarkably dynamic; in a single phrase, she can shift from oozing with unwavering confidence to allowing us closer, playing with an alluring vulnerability that’s heard in authentic breaks and warm vibrato.
Lulu Scout live at The Stone Pony
Aside from paving a promising pop career, the ambitious firecracker has an impressive theater repertoire beneath he belt, as well. Named the 2015 Access Broadway National Champion, Scout’s also been honored with the prestigious National Broadway Star Award for “Best Vocalist.” Her voice has become a stadium staple, having belted “The National Anthem” for stunned, silenced crowds; she’s appeared onstage as Young Fiona in “Shrek! The Musical,” and her dynamic presence has also graced the Apollo Theater and New Jersey’s historic Stone Pony. This girl’s one to watch—a true talent on the rise.
Lulu Scout’s Uncovered is now available for purchase on iTunes.