LUCY Rose reckoned her second album was ready for release but her record label disagreed and now she concedes that judgement was spot on.

“Well, I thought I’d done the record, but my label told me to carry on writing,” says the Warwickshire nu-folk singer-songwriter, who plays Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Sunday night.

“I was upset, but they were right because I wrote a lot of new songs that were all better than the ones I’d got previously. It was totally worth the delay. You push yourself and a different side of you comes out, and now we’re all happy, even if my ego had to accept I was wrong and they were right.”

Lucy, 25, will issue the follow-up to 2012’s debut album Like I Used To later in the year but will introduce the songs to her live set on this month’s tour, including the April 26 single Our Eyes.

“We’re going to play seven or eight [new songs],” she says. “We’re a heavy touring band, so it’s great to have some new material to play. There are some slower, acoustic songs on the new record, some with me playing the piano for a change, but it’s a more diverse record, so there are some more raucous moments and more light and shade.”

Lucy last toured Britain and Europe when supporting Counting Crows last autumn. “We played a lot with them. We didn’t play in the UK that much last year but we did go to some amazing places,” she says.

Lucy’s musical travels took her to Manila in the Philippines, for example. “We did the shows then went on a band holiday on a tiny island in the Philippines, which was kind of surreal but amazing,” she recalls.

“The crowd in Manila were really intense, and gave me an insight into a madder world. Everyone wanted to come to say hello. In the UK, if people are going to come and say hello at the merchandise table at the end of a gig, they all queue very politely, but in Manila there were huge crowds pushing. And even if I was walking around the festival there were hundreds of people who wanted to say hello.”

Lucy played the Philippines in order to “get people interested”, but she was in for a surprise.

“I didn’t think anyone there would’ve heard of me, but as they all told me at gigs, they watch my videos on YouTube,” she says. “I had no idea I had any fans there at all. Same as Singapore. I did a gig in Kuala Lumpur, then across to Singapore and I was booked for one night. I was asked to do another night, then they put on a third show because the second sold out too. It was insane and I met hundreds of people. Genuinely one of the greatest things that’s happened to me.”

Does Lucy anticipate Counting Crows fans now coming to her headline shows too?

“Hopefully there will be some, although there were some who would just stare at me, clearly hating it, but I’d like to think they were the exception,” she says. “Playing to that audience is a great thing, and hopefully I can win new fans by doing things like that, performing in front of people who would never normally hear my music.”

If Lucy had her way, she would perform live shows “every day, forever”.

“I guess it’s just working out how financially viable that is, and how hard it would be to get my label to let me go to all the far-flung places I want to,” she says. “But the record is finished now, so the rest of the year is focused on releasing that and promoting it in the best way possible.”

Watch this space for more details of Lucy’s second album, its title and release date. In the meantime, catch the new songs in Leeds on Sunday; tickets are available on 0113 245 5570, at or on the door from 7.30pm.