Canadian country artist, Lisa Nicole released her first full-length album, Where Wild Hearts Beat on August 13, 2021, as well as her single “Gypsy Girl“.
Written in Nashville by Lisa Nicole, Phil Barton, and Brian White, “Gypsy Girl” was produced by CCMA award-winning producer Jeff Johnson (Meghan Patrick, Chris Buck Band) to ultimately create a smooth country pop flavour that blends the classic country sounds of the banjo, dobro, and steel guitar with a carefree West Coast vibe.
Lisa Nicole says,
“For me, this song embodies a free-spirited soul who lives for spontaneous adventure and the life experiences that come with that. It could be a road trip with your bestie or a solo move to a new country. If it starts in your spirit, it’s worth pursuing, and you’ll be rewarded.”
Besides “Gypsy Girl”, the resulting album – produced by Johnson – features the previously released “Wait On Me”, “Do Your Thang”, “Count On You”, and three never-before-heard tracks: a party anthem (“Sunday Funday”), a family tearjerker (“Dear Mama”), and an emotional ballad (“He’ll Be With You”). Lisa Nicole’s fellow Kootenay bandmate – guitar player Jason Thomas – also featured prominently as a musician and co-writer on the album.
“This album represents my legacy project with all of my heart and soul put into it. Even so – more than anything else, I hope it inspires everyone to follow their own hearts and creative souls. If I’ve learned anything over the past 18 months, it’s that the very unpredictable journey of life is more important than any destination. Life changes in an instant and it’s impossible to predict the future. Make the most of every moment – musically and otherwise.”
Check out Where Wild Hearts Beat below and find out more about Lisa Nicole via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Yes! My name is Lisa Nicole, I am a Country artist, singer, songwriter from the small town of Trail, BC!
I started singing in bars a few times a week at age 15 and never looked back. I moved to Vancouver and put out my first EP, “It Got Ugly”, in 2012, followed with my sophomore EP, “Come Find Me”, in 2016. Fast forward to now and my third album, “Where Wild Hearts Beat”, is out now! In between all of those years, I’ve lived in Toronto, Nashville, and sang on stage with Keith Urban – those are just a couple of highlights!
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I love to co-write! That’s my jam! I usually sit down alone first and come up with one liners, hooks, and titles. When I get into the writing session, it’s generally based on what we’re feeling that day. We’ll go through each other’s ideas and write what feels best. I always write with my guitar, and it’s always different whether I come up with the melody, chords, or lyrics first – but usually, it starts with a concept. Most of my songs are my own stories and with experiences from others.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
Since I had already written and recorded the album prior to the pandemic, most of my creative time during the Pandemic has gone into marketing the album! This involves creating campaigns, music videos, single and album artwork. I love that process too! I also kept creative with my podcast “Wild Hearts” which involves researching topics, and writing interviews!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Hardest question ever! From the new album, I would say “Do Your Thang” – it’s super fun, upbeat, catchy and I love the meaning behind it – which is to just be you, your differences are beautiful and to just do your thang without judgment.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Justin Bieber will always be a fave! And he’s putting out some pretty great new music. In the Canadian Country side – Mackenzie Porter and Meghan Patrick are doing an amazing job.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.