Necessary Listening: Lissie

About this time last year myself and a good friend stumbled across singer/song-writer, Lissie. Not only were he and I impressed her voice and songwriting abilities, but also by her amazing covers, and the ability to make those covers her own. One of those covers was Metallica’s, “Nothing Else Matters.” Not only was it the most beautiful arrangement of the song I had ever heard, but it was also so unique that it sounded like something she had written. The next cover I heard was Kid Cudi’s, “Pursuit of Happiness” I was so in awe of her talent. To take a metal song and a rap song and make them your own, now that’s what I call talent. But that only was the beginning of me looking more into her amazing work.

Lissie was born in 1982 in Illinois. She took up music quite early, and took a roll as Annie in a local production of the musical. In high school she dug more into music, and used it as a crutch to deal with the drama around her. Eventually however the drama around her unfolded, and during her senior she was expelled. She eventually successfully finished her high school career and earned her diploma. At that time she decided to go to college in Colorado, but did not finished. While in college she did open for many touring bands though promoting her first self-titled EP. This exposure lead Lissie to her first big tour opening up for, Lenny Kravitz.

Eventually Lissie entered the recording studio and released her second EP entitled, Why You Runnin in 2009. The EP was released via Fat Possum, and the production was bone by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses. This lead to her getting signed to Sony Music UK’s Columbia Records and the recording of her first full length, Catching a Tiger. The album was released in June 2010, and featured 12 tracks, three of which appeared on her Why You Runnin EP. In 2011 Lissie released an EP of cover tunes called Covered Up in Flowers. This included those two amazing covers I mentioned earlier.

At the current moment Lissie is finishing up work on her next full length which will come out early next year. Be on the lookout for that. I know we will!

-B. Harlow

Check Out Lissie Play her song, “Everywhere I Go” Live in London

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