Lisa Redford's passion for life, love and New York City come through clearly in her voice and through her guitar. Her journey is a fascinating one that has led her across the Atlantic and into the realm of live music, local television (Alive with Clive) and writing sound tracks for independent films.
Lisa grew up in Norwich, England, which is considered by many to be the most Medieval city on the island. Her parents' love of music introduced her to an eclectic mix of pop, new wave and indie music, and she began songwriting at a young age. Between her upbringing, the rich arts scene in Norwich and her proficiency with the guitar, piano and ukelele, Lisa has learned to write and record for a variety of musical genres, including singer/songwriter, dance music and jazz. The clubs in Norwich gave Lisa a chance to make herself known, and he maintains a strong following there to this day.
From Norwich, Lisa went to study English and American literature at the University of Kent Canterbury. Her interest in creative writing and reading is as strong as her love of music. She finds getting lost in a good book 'incredibly inspiring.'
Shortly after she came to New York City in the late 2000s, Lisa recorded her album, Clouds with Silver. She also states that in the city she
met some lovely people and cool musicians who I've performed with. I've found it a very music-oriented community, considering it's such a huge place, and I've felt invigorated by the vibrant music scene. I love checking out all the live music going on downtown.
Fully at home when she is visiting New York City, Lisa desires to be a US citizen. Some of her songs show her love for New York, such as New York Song and the soundtrack she wrote for the short indie film, Q to the 6 Train. While she has no current plans to write more film soundtracks like Q to the 6 Train, she enjoys the challenge of different writing styles and would welcome the opportunity.
Lisa's early influences included Neil Young, Carole King, Kate Bush, The Cure, The Smiths and New Order. Her contemporary favorites include Kings of Convenience, Ryan Adams and Sufjan Stevens. Any song that moves her will inspire her to write, though. She has even had some of her songs remixed, most notably Call Me.
Lisa offers a description of each of her albums.
My debut album is very acoustic with only one band track (the title song). I was so happy with how it was received when it came out. I didn't know what to expect what I released it and was blown away by the lovely reviews and airplay I had. It serves as a perfect introduction to my music and what I'm about. At the time, as it was my first proper album, I just wanted to put together a collection of melodic songs with themes I often write about: loss, love, relationships, the music business and me striving to carve out a career as an artist.
In addition to sparse, heartfelt acoustic songs with touches of mandolin and keyboards, it has 3 songs that are just vocal and piano and I love how they came out. The 2 ballads Be Around and Don't Tell Me are fan favourites. Be Around gained me my first airplay on national BBC radio in the UK, a very proud moment!
My second record has much more instrumentation including a string quartet, steel, dobro and banjo. It leans towards an Americana feel but still has some acoustic songs and is very heartfelt, like all my material. One of the acoustic songs, Dragonfly is a personal favourite and has touched many people. It has feelings of nostalgia and is about a real journey I was on with friends. It has been in an independent US short film and has had lots of radio airplay. A lot of the songs are about escaping or being in love and the album has a lot of very dreamy romantic songs.
I put out acoustic versions of the songs from Lost Again as a lot of my fans love hearing the more sparse side of my material. The songs are just me and my guitar plus a little bit of mandolin.
Clouds with Silver
This album possesses my strong melodic sensibility and I'm really proud of it and the amazing reviews it received. It has two full-band songs with me playing lots of live acoustic guitar against keyboards, bass and strings. All the acoustic guitar on it is played by me which I'm also really proud of. It has lots of real emotion and a few of the tracks were recorded live. People have really connected with it, songs like 'Call Me', 'New York Song' and 'Live Your Life' are always commented on. The album is like a journey from beginning to end and was recorded in Brooklyn. It marks where I was in my life and beginning of my time exploring and living in NYC.
Live is from my first UK headline tour, recorded during the last and biggest show. It combines material from all albums and two previously unreleased songs, Music and the Mountains and Love Won't Let Me Go. It's just me and my guitar, plus at the end I sing the ballad Be Around a capella, which always goes down amazingly well.
Lisa's next project is working an EP to be reocrded in Brooklyn. It will have four songs, including a moody acoustic song with strings, a summer pop track, a dreamy folk band track and a strong acoustic ballad. The songs tell the tale of her experiences and observations during her time in New York City.
Lisa Redford certainly looks set to have a very bright future.