A Minute With: singer Lola Lennox on making music with family

FILE PHOTO: Lola Lennox and her mother Annie Lennox pose in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Lola Lennox and her mother Annie Lennox pose in Los Angeles, CA, U.S., 2020. Lola Lennox/Handout via REUTERS

September 15, 2021

By Lisa Keddie

LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Lola Lennox teamed up with her boyfriend, model and musician Braeden Wright as well as her famous mother, Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, to work on her music during lockdown, producing six tracks for her upcoming debut EP.

London-born Lennox, who lives in Los Angeles, has released two of those songs, “Love Like That” and “Wherever You Go”, this year. Her EP is scheduled for release in 2022.

Reuters spoke to Lennox about her music and working with her mother.

Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.

Q: What is your latest track ‘Love Like That’ about?

Lennox: “It is about falling in love with somebody where it finally feels like the right person, but it’s more so to me about falling in love with yourself and finding that level of self-acceptance and being able just to feel comfortable in your own skin. I wanted to uplift people and make them feel just that.”

Q: Growing up, you followed mum into music but apparently you were too shy to share your music with her?

Lennox: “The bar in my household for making incredible music was really, really high – probably couldn’t get much higher. So I chose to keep my writing quite secretive.

“With singing, I was more open with it because I had singing teachers at school. So I was doing a lot of concerts and I was singing, but I didn’t make it a point that I wanted to make this my life as an adult. I wanted to work at it and make it something that I felt proud of before I started to share it.”

Q: It was quite a family affair producing music with your mum and your boyfriend in lockdown – how did that go? What is Annie like to work with?

“So there’s a great level of respect in the studio. We both listen. We both feel that the other person has something interesting to offer and that’s worth listening to. We’re both perfectionists … Braeden’s a perfectionist too.

“We really spend time honing every sound that’s in there. And … just spending that time really diving into the details and the subtleties really helps bring out the best of the song.”

(Reporting by Lisa Keddie; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)