Canadian Beats had the chance to interview the six artists performing at the CMAO New Faces Showcase West, on Saturday March 19, 2016. The event was held at The Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon in London, Ontario. This is part 2 of a 6-part series, featuring each artist. All were asked the same set of questions. It is interesting to see the diversity in their answers.
Today we chat with Lisa Marie. The only artist of the night to go acoustic; armed with only her guitar and her voice. She was a refreshing start to the night.
Please tell us about yourself for anyone who hasn’t heard your music or know who you are.
I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and have had a passion for music since the day I was born. I was raised on all kinds of music, mainly classic rock, but no one in my family sings or plays an instrument so I guess you could say I’m the black sheep of the family! I have always loved Nashville and Country music since I was a teenager and made my mind up to move there, become a songwriter and artist, professionally, when I was in college after attending an NSAI workshop. I now have an EP that I released a few months ago and I continue to keep music in my life in so many different ways.
When did you first know you wanted to pursue music for a living?
I’ve been singing since I could talk! It has never been a question for me or a decision I had to make; it was something I felt I was meant to do.
What do you feel sets your music apart from other artists in the same genre?
My music is all me. I’m not trying to emulate anyone else, ever. I love country music. I love the feel and the stories and the emotions behind the songs; so, I do my best to convey the same things in my own original music. I have been writing songs since I was very young, it’s like my thumbprint, so I feel that sets me apart.
Do you have any Canadian artists that you draw inspiration from when creating your music?
I love Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Not only is she a good friend and co-writer of mine now, she was a huge reason I chose to move to Nashville and pursue my music in the Country genre.
What song, that you perform, best shows us who you are? Why?
I would have to say it’s a song I wrote called, “Chip On Her Shoulder”. It shows off my vocal ability and it has a cool groove, a chorus to sing along to but, more importantly, it has a strong message in the story of it all.
As a relatively new artist to the scene, what do you see as the future of Canadian Country Music?
I see it growing more and more and being embraced by a wider audience as time goes on.
What was it like to get the call from the CMAO to perform in London at the New Faces Showcase West?
It felt great!!! This business can be full of rejection so to hear I’d been accepted into something so terrific as the CMAO showcase, it was wonderful.
What is ahead for you for the rest of 2016?
I hope to perform at more festivals in the summer and am looking forward to someday hearing my songs on the radio.
When you are not performing, rehearsing or recording, what do you like to do for fun?
Hanging out with my family for sure… Nothing beats a good laugh with friends, too!
Some musicians name their instruments; please tell us what you play and if you have a special name for your instrument(s)? Is there a story behind the name?
I play guitar and piano and harmonica… no special names.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.