"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
"Lorna Brooks has the kind of voice you'd want to spend the rest of your life with" Record Mirror
"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 has opened for and toured with various artists including Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Candi Staton, Michael Marra, Shawn Colvin, Martin Stephenson, Iris de Ment, Jimmy Sommerville, James Grant, Sharon Shannon, Bert Jansch, Horse, Tuck and Patti, Eleanor McEvoy and Beth Nilson Chapman also worked as a session musician with various artists including backing vocals for John Martyn.
A singer -songwriter born in Glasgow - her mother a pianist and a music teacher and her father, who sadly was tone deaf but had a huge appreciation for music (especially jazz) and a very large record collection, influenced Lorna's early years and at quite a young age she grudgingly set off to piano lessons. Her love of music encouraged her to then learn trumpet and guitar. Not until she was in her twenties did she find her voice.
She has played trumpet in a punk rock band, performed in theatre throughout Europe, busked in streets in New York, written for theatre, lugged keyboards in and out of vans - maybe the cause of a prolapsed disc!! and the reason for taking up guitar which is much easier to transport whilst spending her life playing music.
Lorna has successfully released three solo albums 'Kowtow', 'Just' and 'One More Time' which features her good friend Eric Bibb on backing vocals .
Lorna has worked in Theatre as an Actor/Musician, Musical Director and Vocal Coach.
She has played various roles from Mrs Campbell in Whisky Galore the musical premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe to Lead Female in Magical Rhythms of Ireland II, touring throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. She started her career as an actor/musician with the wonderful company of Wildcat on their production of the Complete History of Rock and Roll.
She also worked as composer and Musical Director for Clyde Unity Theatre and has been Musical Director on various shows.
Vocal coach Dundee Rep Theatre on productions of 'Gypsy',TMA award winning best new musical 'Sunshine on Leith' and best musical production 'Sweeney Todd'
She was vocal coach on National Theatre of Scotland's production "Glasgow Girls".