Besides the urban, bluesy, gospel chops, Lydia’s personal style is what equally fascinates her fans.
“Why the vintage vibe?” she said. “My mom always had style. I’d see old photographs from the 50s and 60s and there were gloves and hats, heels and dresses. You’d never see my mom in yoga pants! And if she wore denim, it was pressed.”
She said back in the day she emulates, “women were ladies, and men were gentleman.”
There were higher morals and standards back then, she mused.
Don’t get this wrong, Lydia exudes a confident sexiness, has about eight very meaningful tattoos, styles her hair in a bouffant style when performing, and is somewhat of a today’s version of a 1960s movie pin-up girl.
She began to develop her style in her mid 20s. Vintage was not a trend then.
“When I get in a vintage gown I’m transported,” she said. “My fans are transported back to then and see a window into the past where things were beautiful and romantic.”
Her style of songs and performance are now an underground movement, growing in popularity, not only with millennials, but with boomers as well.
She never identified herself with “country” per se, but she loves Patsy Cline, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston‘s music. When in high school she’d order CDs from a catalog, mostly gospel and soul.
“It’s the diva in myself,” she laughed. “I’ve always sung with attitude and honed my craft.”
When she was 8 she “tried” professional singing lessons.
“They wanted me to sing opera!” she said. “Of course I wasn’t into it.”
She also writes and won a competition in the gospel division in an international competition. She writes about heartbreak, bad men and lost souls, among lighter lyrics.
“I’ve always been treated so well,” she said. “But through life I sit back and observe everything. People in stores, at the movies, then I write about it.”
She’s just released an EP with songs “Work Boy,” and “Suffer” she co-wrote. They speak to a lot of people in the strained dynamic of life. They have a ’50s, ’60s, vibe… think Etta James.
They are mixing and mastering an EP on a 45 with A and B sides and are shopping final companies
Lydia’s second big goal for 2017 is a full-length album.