“one of our finest singer/songwriters” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“brilliant! Lisa has a great voice” Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze
“In a sea of smart female singer-songwriters, Lisa Redford is an admiral.’
Maverick Magazine ****
‘There is a warmth and welcoming vibe to Redford’s music that really is difficult to resist.’ Americana UK 8 out of 10
‘Her grasp of texture, mood and fearlessness in giving it her all, I suspect, comes with the realisation that she actually possesses a voice able to do her musical vision justice.’ R2 Magazine ****
Influenced by singer/songwriters such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Neal Casal, Ryan Adams, Josh Rouse, Mindy Smith, Tift Merritt, Hem and Kathleen Edwards, Lisa is a versatile singer-songwriter and musician whose music has been described as delicate acoustic roots pop with heartfelt lyrics, gorgeous melodies and stunning vocals. She has also worked as a session vocalist and recorded in many genres including dance and electronic music.
She has released acclaimed albums ‘Slipstream’, ‘Lost Again’ and ‘Clouds with Silver’ that have received airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 shows. Her track ‘Dragonfly’ was played on his ‘Best of British’ show which featured the Best British songwriters. She was personally asked to do a live session and interview on the show and also invited to appear as the special guest at a ‘Bob Harris presents’ showcase.
A compelling live performer, Lisa has performed lots of prestigious venues in the UK, Europe, NYC and Vancouver and performed with and opened for many respected artists including Chuck Prophet, Kathryn Williams, Brian Kennedy, Laura Veirs, The Handsome Family, Devon Sproule, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Deadstring Brothers, Eileen Rose, Rod Picott, Gina Villalobos, Corb Lund, Jeff Black, The Arlenes, Eve Selis, Jess Klein, Peter Mulvey, Jesse Sykes, Johnathan Rice, Kevin Welch and Kate Campbell.
Debut album ‘Slipstream’ captured a very acoustic sound, close to Lisa’s wonderful live performance and garnered press acclaim and her first airplay on BBC Radio 2 with the touching piano ballad ‘Be Around’. The acoustic track ‘Turn Away’ also appeared on compilation CD Guide#1 which showcased the hottest talent in the UK.
Second album ‘Lost Again’, produced by musician and songwriter Gabriel Minnikin, a former member of acclaimed Canadian alt-country band, The Guthries, added beautiful lush arrangements and an increase in instrumentation to her blend of exquisitely melodic roots music. The album received even more airplay on Bob Harris’s Friday and Saturday shows and on radio stations throughout Europe and the US. It also received great print reviews and made the Top 50 Americana albums at Americana UK. The acclaimed ‘Dragonfly’ was also featured in an independent film in LA. The album closed with her live heartfelt version of Neal Casal’s ‘Fell on Hard Times’ which also received many plays on Bob Harris.
Alongside the album she also released a digital only acoustic record, ‘Lost Again – The Acoustic Sessions’. The limited edition recording includes the original live studio versions of the songs from Lost Again. Beautifully recorded, the songs truly reveal Lisa’s soulful and powerful voice with just acoustic guitar and touches of mandolin and is a wonderful chance to hear the songs from Lost Again in their original form and includes a rare bonus track ‘Changing Times’.
‘Clouds with Silver’ was co-produced with respected musician and producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) in Brooklyn, NYC. Featuring eleven finely crafted self-written songs, the album took Lisa’s blend of exquisitely melodic acoustic music to another level. With most tracks recorded live, the album is infused with a real intimacy showcasing Lisa’s soulful and powerful voice and heartfelt lyrics.
The acoustic songs are also enriched by some truly beautiful string arrangements. “Makes Your Heart Sing” and “Here Alone” feature strings by one of Nashville’s most highly regarded producers David Henry (Josh Rouse, Alison Krauss, REM) and New York based violinist Claudia Chopek (Ryan Adams, HEM) created the wonderful lilting arrangements on “NY Song” and “Live Your Life”. More of New York’s most outstanding musicians guest on some of the tracks. Superb drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright) adds his talent to the two full band tracks and the excellent guitarist Jim Campilongo (in Norah Jones’s The Little Willies) contributes his trademark Telecaster sound to the upbeat Americana track ‘When You Come Home’.
Like Lisa’s previous albums, Clouds with Silver is distributed through Proper Distribution, the UK’s biggest independent distributors, who feel it is ‘a very strong and confident piece of work that deserves to be heard’.
It earned even more glowing press reviews, airplay on BBC Radio 2 and other radio shows and has been the most successful release to date. Lisa was made Artist to Watch at Acoustic Café, radio’s best international showcase for acoustic music. Also, her rare, previously unreleased acoustic version of a Nick Drake song, ‘Voice from the Mountain’ appeared on the digital version of an amazing benefit compilation ‘Blue Skies, Daisy Days’ out on US label Planting Seeds Records.
Following a publishing deal with a much respected publishers in New York City, Lisa has also been based in New York City and been performing showcases, recording brand new material and continuing to earn new fans on either side of the pond. March 2010 saw her first UK solo headlining tour and a second invite to do a live session and interview on the Bob Harris Show. In 2011 she released a live album from the tour ‘Lisa Redford Live’.
Lisa recently released a brand new EP ‘Reminders’ recorded in Brooklyn, NYC and produced by Jeff Hill a respected and incredibly talented musician who has played with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Neal Casal and Erin McKeown. Taking the listener on a warm music journey, ‘Reminders’ is a combination of acoustic and band songs with Lisa playing her acoustic guitar against a background of bass, piano, strings and drums played by some of NYC’s finest musicians. The release continues her strong melodic sensibility and gift for well-crafted songs. The acoustic title track possesses a moody, haunting quality and is enhanced with a beautiful arrangement of double bass, cello and piano. ‘Summer on the L’ is an upbeat radio-friendly pop song with lush harmonies and a breezy folk-pop feel, perfect for the summer. ‘Dreaming in Crowds’, as the title suggests, is a dreamy and reflective track in which she shares her thoughts about the challenges and joys of new beginnings in a busy city like Manhattan. The EP closes with the powerful and beautiful ballad ‘So Many Words’ illustrating Lisa’s stunning voice and soulful lyrics.
‘Reminders’ was recorded in Brooklyn, NYC and produced by Jeff Hill a respected and incredibly talented musician who has also played with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Neal Casal and Erin McKeown. As well as playing his consummate electric and double bass, Jeff contributes keyboards, cello and backing vocals. All tracks also feature acclaimed keyboardist Didi Gutman, composer and arranger for the Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls. Lisa’s words about the release and working with Jeff: “he really understood where I was coming from musically and I’m so happy with how it sounds. As with all my material, the songs really come from the heart and these really represent where I am musically right now. There’s a theme running through of reflecting and looking back with a couple of the songs certainly inspired about my time in NYC.”
Lisa is also an accomplished and experienced session vocalist and is available for session singing and live work. If you’re a band or artist interested in having Lisa’s beautiful vocals on your record, please get in contact.
“Live, her voice really has immense power yet great control too and reminds me of the same heart worn tender vibrato of a young Emmylou Harris. Lisa’s voice is purer with a warm timbre, but has that same raw emotion in her voice that makes you feel she has lived through all the heartbreak she sings and writes about.” Live Review at Americana UK