"Lorna's third album is a top-class production, featuring 11 original songs of beauty, distinction and subtlety, which are shot through with the same fragility and delicacy as the late Eva Cassidy's cannon. Lorna possesses a charmingly honest lyrical manner.... the great Eric Bibb joins Lorna on One more time" Musician magazine
"From the opening song, Lorna grabbed the audience with her exceptional, distinctive, powerful voice and delivery. She wooed the attentive listeners early on with a selection of her well known songs, such as the brilliant Tired, and held them in awe with an amazing, heartfelt rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah." BBC website
"With little more than a 12 string acoustic and a songbird sweet voice, Lorna delivers note perfect renditions of her own songs in a voice that soars and dips in a complex weave of melodies and harmonies." Evening News
"Lorna Brooks is fast becoming one of Scotland's outstanding singer/songwriters" Scotland on Sunday
"Scotland has a long tradition of producing talented female singer/ songwriters. And the grittily soulful Lorna Brooks is looking set to follow in the footsteps of her predecessors." The Evening Times
‘Lorna Brooks has the kind of voice you’d want to spend the rest of your life with’
Now with three strong albums under her belt Lorna is being claimed as one of Scotland’s select few outstanding singer songwriters, and is living up to the hype.
Born in Glasgow and raised in a family steeped in musical genres ( her mother was a pianist and music teacher- her father had a formidable jazz record collection – her sister a pianist/musical director ) Lorna’s love of music led her to piano, guitar and trumpet lessons and laterally in her 20’s to finding her unique voice.
Nowadays it is a rare thing indeed to find a voice that has character and is unmistakeable as the artist- Lorna is such a rarity. Her records have been described as ‘songs of beauty, distinction and subtlety shot through with fragility and delicacy’ Musician Magazine
But it’s the bluesy grit and determination in her songs that have attracted some truly legendary artists to work with her like Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Martin Stephenson, James Grant, BertJansch, John Martyn, Jimmy Somerville , Eric Bibb and Eleanor McEvoy to name but a few .
She is no slouch when it comes to touring either…. She has toured Europe, US and the UK extensively, often with a full band and more recently acoustically stripped back (arguably the best way to hear and enjoy her performance) with simply guitar and voice. She is about to embark on some dates with a more residential feel, as ‘Lorna Brooks PLUS’ during which she will highlight some new material and some old favourites with guest appearances.
Lorna has also gained invaluable stage experience working as a Musical Director as well as appearing as an actor/musician and Vocal Coach in various productions including, Wildcat’s ‘The Complete History of Rock and Roll’, ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and ‘Sweeney Todd'. She toured extensively throughout Europe with the musical 'Magical Rhythms of Ireland '.
She was also Vocal Coach on National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed production of ‘Glasgow Girls’ .
When she was the Vocal Coach at the City of Edinburgh Music School she helped produce several finalists in recent series of ‘The Voice’