Born in 1980 to a New Zealander father and a Scottish mother, Lucie Silverman spent her childhood years between her parents' native countries as well as England, where she was born. Always interested in music, by five she had started playing the piano and by ten she had written her first song. As a teenager, she dropped out of high school to work as a background singer for ex-Take That singer Gary Barlow, and in 2000 she signed to then-EMI imprint Chrysalis Records, but when her debut single, "It's Too Late," failed to make a significant showing on the British charts, Lucie, who was now going by the name Lucie Silvas, was dropped from the label before an album ever came out. She spent the next few years working as a songwriter, writing for artists like Liberty X and Will Young, among others, but deciding that performing her own material was what she truly wanted to do, she began to work on getting herself another record deal. In 2003 Mercury picked up the young singer, and the following year her debut full-length, Breathe In, was released. The next few years were spent touring, specifically in the U.K. but also in the rest of Europe and even Asia, and in 2007, after a few delays, Silvas' second album, The Same Side, hit British shelves (it had already been released in Holland in October of 2006).