Lucy Crisp, a 23-year-old upcoming artist from Derbyshire, is set to release her own EP ’65 Roses’ despite battling a life-limiting illness.

Before the release date, Lucy invited fans and family members to an exclusive launch party at the Old Bus Depot in Nottingham to hear the songs prior to their official release.

The launch party had support acts of Davina Songbird bringing soul and jazz energy and Em with her violin before Lucy performed as the main event.

Lucy’s album has been inspired by her experiences of living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive genetic disease that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.

It causes thick, sticky mucus in the lungs and pancreas.

Over the years, the lungs become increasingly damaged and may eventually stop working.

There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, although there are several treatments to help reduce the symptoms, but unfortunately it is a life-limiting illness.

Never knowing life without CF, Lucy shares how writing the album she was in and out of hospital after periods of “barely being able to breathe having intravenous antibiotics”.

Lucy Crisp, an Upcoming artist from Derbyshire

With the life expectancy of people with Cystic Fibrosis being approximately 40-years-old, Lucy never lets her illness deter her from going on to create music and building her legacy.

She’s received numerous awards having her music played in BBC Introducing and getting labelled track of the week, two weeks running on BBC Radio Nottingham.

Watching the highs and lows of the EP come to life is Lucy’s father, Royston Crisp.

“Seeing it grow from where shes come from, 6 months in hospital, shes pushing her legacy further forward for the next generation of CF, she wants to leave a legacy and this is what it’s about.

“The days and nights we’ve been listening to music eleven-thirty, twelve o’clock at night, she’s back up at 6 o’clock in the morning – it’s phenomenal.

“She works constantly, 24 hours a day. That’s all I can say,” Royston told CBJ News.

At the launch party money was being raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust a charity that means so much to Lucy.

The charity campaigns for precision medicines such as Kaftrio, Symkevi, Orkambi and Kalydeco – all life changing drugs that tackle the underlying genetic mutations that cause CF by helping to make the CFTR protein work effectively.

It also invests a lot of their money into further research for medication to help combat the illness.

Ellie Davies, a spokesperson from the CF Trust, hopes others will be inspired by Lucy.

“I think it’s really inspiring, more so because we know how challenging CF can be. People with CF need to take potentially up to 70 tablets every single day just to stay healthy,” she said.

“It does really make you appreciate their drive as well because this is something they’ve always had, they’ve never known life without CF.”

ELLIE Davies