What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Country/Pop for my new album coming, Country/Rock for my last two EP’s.
Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada and made my debut into the Canadian country music industry with my EP, It Got Ugly and a 2013 CCMA showcase. After winning the 2015 BCCMA/Music BC Artist Development Project, the award led to me to enroll in Canada’s Music Incubator 10-week Artist Entrepreneur Program in Toronto. Following that, I released my 2016 EP Come Find Me, three radio single releases, and had a once-in-a-lifetime on-stage performance with Keith Urban in Nashville!
I moved to Music City for the spring of 2018 – which empowered me with fresh inspiration and new creative energy. With two new singles this year, “Wait On Me” and my most recent “Do Your Thang” you can expect a 2021 album Where the Wild Hearts Beat produced by Jeff Johnson!’
What made you go into music?
Passion. I’ve been so passionate about music my whole life. I never knew anything else I wanted to do. My first taste of singing was age 9 at a karaoke bar, and since then I knew what my path was.
Are you signed?
You have released your new single ‘Do Your Thang’, tell us more about the single. What is the meaning behind the single?
This song is all about self-love, openness and embracing everything unique about each other. I wanted to write a song that spoke to people in a positive way. I’m a very positive, happy person. I think kindness and inclusivity is important. This song is all about that!’ It’s also not easy for me to write those dancing vibe songs, but with the help of my co-writers, Jason Thomas and Jeff Johnson, we nailed it!
Describe the track in two words.
Fun and love!
What was the writing process like?
I was the fastest song I’ve ever written! We wrote this one afternoon in the studio and recorded it the same day! I can’t express how much I love this song. The lyrics are everything I’ve ever wanted to say! “I’ll be me, you be you!” We need more of this in the world, no judgement, more kindness and love.
What was the recording process like?
It was fun!
I sang “Do your thang” sooo many times. We tried it with different inflections, melodies and rhythms until we got it.
There’s also that spontaneous “woo, woo” in the track following the lyrics “Be as crazy as you wanna be” that we kept, which I think makes the song fun!
Who did you work with on the single?
My producer Jeff Johnson and guitar player Jason Thomas. Jason came up with all the funky guitar licks and played the acoustic and electric on the album. Since this song was so pop, Jeff programmed the rest of it, except we had one of my drummers Taylor Allum, play on it. Billy Decker mixed it.
We also see a music video, tell us about the creative process and making.
I pretty well produce all my own videos. For this one, I had a vision of colour! Lots of colours, super poppy! We happen to have a rainbow sidewalk in my small town, which I knew was going to be one of the shots! The cruiser bike, I ride daily, and I thought it’d be cute in the video! Since it was during quarantine, I did my own hair and make-up, and we shot it all in a few hours, just the two of us. A local company, Stacked Films filmed and edited the video.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
You bet! I wrote most of this album down in Nashville, and we recorded it in Kelowna. It’s got a lot of Nashville players on it as well, including Travis Toy of Rascal Flatts, who did all the banjo and steel guitar. The album has fun and upbeat songs and a couple tear jerkers. The tear jerkers are not break-up songs like I’ve done in the past with my last EP, “Come Find Me”. And there is not one cheating song on this album! Yay me! The production on a few of the songs is a bit more pop as well, but still very country with the banjo and guitars. One song is very stripped down almost completely acoustic. It’s a great mix! There’s a song of freedom, a song about having a good ole time and another medium tempo love story song. I can’t wait!
What else can we expect in 2020?
I am working behind the scenes for the most part! I’ve started recording a new season for my podcast “Wild Hearts”, and we will be working on the next single, and then the album!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? And who would they have to contact?
Yes, of course, I’ve thought it’d be cool to collaborate with an EDM/Electronic producer on Do Your Thang. They can reach me on my website or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do you play any instruments?
Acoustic guitar and piano!
Who are your influences?
Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton – also love Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Either from my own journeys or through others, and sometimes I just make it all up! My phone is filled with voice memos and notes for whenever the inspiration strikes!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 years?
With the world being in its current state from the pandemic, most of my immediate attention is focused on the here and now because that’s all that we have. So I’m putting my energy into this single and my album and using my music as a way to connect with people all over the world during this time.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I spend a lot of time exercising and being outdoors! I Crossfit 4-5x a week! And just a few days ago, I hiked the Seven Summits in Rossland, which was 40KM, which was a bit insane I’ll admit! I also lease a horse and ride a couple times a week. We spend a lot of time fishing, hunting and camping too! I’m all about being outside!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
I can’t say a particular song, but probably a whole album! Miranda Lambert’s first album, Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” and Carrie Underwood, in general!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I’ve been given a LOT of advice over the years! Ha!
Probably to practice and not to rush to get music out there. And to always put on your best show, no matter where you are because you never know who is in the audience.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
To start saving a lot of money! Ha! To be prepared to work really hard and never stop learning. Go to the industry conferences – like the CCMAs or Canadian Music Week here in Canada – and sit front row at every panel, take notes, ask questions and meet everyone you can. Build an authentic relationship with people and be kind, always.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t stop believin’ – Journey.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
I love being outside, so I’m going to say some of the amazing hikes and lakes for scenery like Kokanee Glacier Hike or Champion Lakes.
If you’re going for food, Clansey’s is super fun and great food!
You’re coming off tour.
1/ Where do you go first? After home, I’ll probably go to Crossfit the next morning!
2/ Who do you see first? Garrett (my partner) and my boys, Carlos and Leonard – they’re cats! And my parents are a bit further away, so I’d see them within the week!
3/What do you eat first? Whatever Garrett has cooked me! Probably ribs, some veggies and a yummy salad!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Water, phone, setlist, microphone, hairbrush, lipstick! That’s 6 😮
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes! Please come find me @lisanicolemusic everywhere!