Sounds Like: I've been flattered to have been compared to these fine songstresses: Kate Bush (I can hit some high notes!), Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, and Nerina Pallot
History: I’ve been releasing my own CD's and getting out there touring and doing radio sessions. Some really cool things have happened such as having my song "Dragonfly" featured in a independent US film, having lots of airplay and support by legendary BBC DJ Bob Harris and he also featured the track "Dragonfly" on his "Best of British" special which showcased the finest UK songwriters. Last year I wrote the whole score for a US short film plus I’ve toured Europe and played some big headline gigs in the UK. More recently I’ve also been based in New York City which has been amazingly inspiring and I’ve had the chance to work with some very respected US musicians that I admire.
Something Special: I have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music. If you need someone for your pop quiz, I'm your girl.
Future Plans: Right now I’m promoting my brand new EP Reminders which is a mix of acoustic and band songs. It was recorded in Brooklyn and produced by a brilliant musician and producer, Jeff Hill who has worked with the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson. I’m really proud of it and it’s had a lovely response so far. The title track "Reminders" has some wonderful cello and double bass from Jeff. There’s also a summer pop song "Summer on the L" with loads of harmonies and a heartfelt acoustic ballad with some lovely piano. The songs are inspired by my time so far in NYC. I'll also be doing some gigs to promote the EP. It's also really cool that I've had my songs remixed too by some excellent producers and DJs which will be coming out online, keep an eye on my Soundcloud page!
UC Takeaway: Making and keeping industry connections is everything when it comes to finding ways to get the word out about your music. We've spoken before about how those connections can lead to replacement group members or even entirely new bands altogether. But Lisa Redford's experience displays just how helpful those contacts can be outside of the individuals involved in making music itself. DJs, radio hosts, media personnel, and many more are all industry professionals you'll come across during the course of your career. Not only helping those people put a face to a name but also creating a memorable impression for them is enormously important when it comes to being included in opportunities such as the music special Redford was a part of. Of course, if you don't have the talent to back it up, a ton of face time won't do you much good. Never underestimate, though, the power of a good first (or second or third, depending on how many times it takes) impression. Now then, go shake some hands, and listen to Lisa Redford's music below!