(Exposure) Lisa Redford

Lisa is a versatile female artist from the UK who has recently moved to NY on a prestigious Artist Visa. Her music has been described as delicate acoustic rootsy folk pop/ Americana with heartfelt lyrics, gorgeous melodies and stunning vocals.

She has released three acclaimed albums ‘Slipstream'(2003), ‘Lost Again'(2005) and ‘Clouds with Silver’ (2008) that have received glowing press and airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 shows. Her track ‘Dragonfly’ was played on his ‘Best of British’ special which featured the Best British songwriters and has also been featured in an independent film in the US. She has toured the UK and Europe and has a distribution deal for her albums with the UK’s biggest independent distributors, Proper.

Q. So how did it all begin for you?

A. I have been passionate about music for as long as I can remember and loved singing from a young age, it always felt such a natural thing. I used to listen avidly to the top 40 on the radio as a young girl and have an eclectic taste in music. I started writing songs as a teenager and then began playing guitar at university after being inspired by artists I’d seen perform in my home town. I’ve also loved writing and became obsessed with lyrics and song writing so always wanted to record my own material.

Q. Do you play any instruments?

A. Yes, guitar, ukulele, piano and mandolin. Banjo next!

Q. What is your favorite group?

A. The Smiths, no doubt about it. The combination of Morrissey’s witty, direct and unique lyrics and Johnny Marr’s distinctive melodic guitar are in a league of their own. I love many bands though, particularly indie rock.

Q. Who inspired you and pushed you to become an artist?

A. I was inspired by acoustic singer/songwriters I’d seen perform in my home town and I started writing these catchy pop songs even younger. Kate Bush in particular was a huge musical inspiration. As a teenager I wore out my dad’s copy of The Kick Inside. Her music has such a magical quality; it was like nothing I’d ever heard before.

Q. How many songs do you have completed?

A. I have 3 studio albums out there of my original material and also an acoustic album and a live album with some extra songs. I also have older songs, songs from when I was in an electronic trio and have lots of brand new material, so all in all about 100 or so self-written songs.

Q. When did you consider yourself a professional artist?

A. Getting a lot of airplay on the UK’s biggest radio station, BBC Radio 2. Legendary DJ Bob Harris playing my music and then inviting me to do live sessions on his show has been a major highlight of my career. He has supported some amazing artists, is incredibly respected in the industry for his discerning taste, so that was a wonderful achievement. Also doing some big shows and festivals throughout UK and Europe, opening for bigger artists, gaining a distribution deal with a very big UK distributor, going on a headline tour and gaining fantastic national print reviews in the UK press have all been amazing things that I’ve achieved.

Q. Who would you like to work with?

A. I am a big fan of artists such as Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Josh Rouse, Neal Casal, Teddy Thompson, Kings of Convenience, Hot Chip, Whitest Boy Alive so would love to collaborate and sing with any of them. I’d also love to work with amazing producers like Ethan Johns, Jim Scott and George Drakoulias.

Q. Who have you worked with?

A. I co-produced my last album ‘Clouds with Silver’ with great NY producer Brad Albetta who produced an album ‘Separate Ways’ by Teddy Thompson that I really liked. Also on my last album I had many wonderful New York musicians such as Matt Johnson who has worked with artists such as Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. Nashville producer and highly respected cellist David Henry also provided strings on two songs.

My second album was produced by Canadian songwriter/producer Gabriel Minnikin who was in a great alt country band The Guthries and on that album I worked with some of the finest musicians in Manchester, UK. I’ve been working on my brand new material with brilliant musicians Jeff Hill and Dan Fadel who are in a favourite band of mine, Hazy Malaze, and they have also worked with Neal Casal, Teddy Thompson and many other great artists.

Q. What should we expect from you in the future?

A. I am very excited about my new songs that I’m recording here in NY so hope to have them released soon. Some of the new songs are already on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/lisaredfordmusic
I’ve been working on a number of exciting creative projects here in the city including recording my first original score for a US film as I love working on different musical challenges.
I also plan to play more big shows in the UK and Europe where I’ve been promoting my latest release ‘Lisa Redford Live’. I performed in Paris in March. I want to continue to release material, tour and collaborate with musicians I admire. I also plan to go to other parts of the States such as Nashville to perform. I would certainly love to play around with other genres, I have always enjoyed being versatile, sung jazz, soul and electronic/dance music.

Q. What would you tell youngsters trying to break into the business?

A. It is very tough and challenging these days if you’re an independent artist so it’s important to be passionate about what you do and be true to yourself, not follow other styles. Having to put aside huge amounts of time to promoting your music online when you’d rather be creative and writing is frustrating but it’s essential to have a strong online presence. Ensure that you align yourself with the right publications and radio that are suited to your particular genre so that can also entail some extensive online work and research. Keep a blog and post new music and videos online as people all over the world can potentially see you and become your fan. Write great songs and get out there to play good shows. Most of all keep motivated!

Q. What was your most memorable show and why?

A. I have had some lovely performances and really great shows. I have toured the UK and Europe and played some big theatres. I have had some great album release parties so I think one of those. My launch for my first album ‘Slipstream’ was amazing as it was one of my first big shows and was sold out with a huge line of people wanting me to sign CD’s after!

Q. What would be your dream performance?

A. I love doing big theatre shows where people are really listening.

Q. If you had one wish, for anything at all in the world, What would you ask for?

A. Aside from the obvious (world peace, end to homelessness, animal cruelty) an endless supply of Cadbury’s chocolate.

Q. Any links, media players any song we can highlight right now for you? Any shout outs to anyone?

A. My main website http://www.lisaredford.com has tons of information and links to my videos and music.

Lots of my music is on Bandcamp. One of my most popular songs is New York Song: http://lisaredford.bandcamp.com/track/ny-song
and also have lots of songs at Soundcloud:



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    September 1, 2011 12:10 pmPosted 6 years ago

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