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Family business Annie Lennox's rising star daughter Lola inspired by Eurythmics star to find her passion

Providing the ethereal vocals to five tracks in the series, including the theme, Lennox is the musical voice of Serengeti, the real-life version of The Lion King.

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RISING star Lola Lennox, the eldest daughter of former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, will this week release her new single, Wherever You Go.

The London-reared singer-songwriter kicked off her solo career last year at the age of 29 with her debut song, In The Wild.

Lola co-wrote the track for the BBC/Discovery Channel nature docu-series, Serengeti.

Providing the ethereal vocals to five tracks in the series, including the theme, Lennox is the musical voice of Serengeti, the real-life version of The Lion King.

Further solo singles, Back At Wrong and La La Love Me, soon followed, and Lola quickly became an artist to watch.

Last year, she also duetted with her mother on their critically acclaimed performance of There Must Be An Angel for Global Citizen One World: Together At Home to an audience of over 270 million viewers.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31:  Lola Lennox performs on stage at the Gala Event during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on October 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Vogue & The Dubai Mall)

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31: Lola Lennox performs on stage at the Gala Event during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on October 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Vogue & The Dubai Mall)

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31: Lola Lennox performs on stage at the Gala Event during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on October 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Vogue & The Dubai Mall)

Wherever You Go is written by Lola, produced by her partner, Braeden Wright, and co-produced by her mum, Annie.

Now living in Los Angeles, she says the song is inspired by her experience of moving far from home and embarking on a life elsewhere while managing long distance relationships with those she loves.

Lennox has waited until her late twenties to launch her solo career, despite being around music all her life.

As a child, Lola recalls taking off on school holidays and heading out around Europe and America on tour with her mum.

"That was super-fun," Lola remembers. "It also inspired my passion for music because every other night I'd watch these incredible musicians playing these wonderful songs, like Why, Walking on Broken Glass and Sisters [Are Doing It for Themselves]."

"I've wanted to make music since I was eight. There wasn't an 'Oh, I wanna be a singer!' moment, but it made me happy. I wanted to learn by myself and find my own sound independently of my mom.

"It was important for me to develop as a writer and an artist and singer before I started putting things out. I wanted to feel really steady and strong in my art so it could have an impact.

"I wrote Back At Wrong about a relationship that was all-consuming and exciting at first and somehow descended into something very unhealthy and dysfunctional. We tried to walk away from each other, but it was hard to stop. Love can really take you out of your rational head sometimes. Luckily I lived and I learned.

"When I'm processing the ups and downs of life, I always like to imagine how I can turn the experience into something meaningful in a song. I play chords and start to sing melodies over the top, which I then shape into words and story.

"Since I was a child I saw the amount of passion and hard work that goes into being an artist. Being creative can feel like electricity that lights up your world, but for a career, you must harness that passion and put the work in; practise for hours, write many songs that maybe no one will hear, put yourself out there and just keep going. It's that balance between magic and grit that allows you to reap the fruits of your efforts. My mum never really gave me this advice specifically, but she led by example."

Lola describes her mum Annie's 1983 iconic music video for Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) as "an amazing piece of art." She says: "When I look at it now, it doesn't feel like my mom. It feels like Annie Lennox is putting on a performance. It's timeless, though."

Her mother has been her inspiration. "My mom obviously has strong affiliations with women's rights and global feminism and that was inspiring to me just to know that I should find my passion. Just be you and have fun with it," she adds.

Lola Lennox's new single, Wherever You Go, will be released next Thursday.

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