Lisa Johnson began her performing career in cover and original bands in the Philadelphia area, where she opened for such artists as Loudon Wainwright III, Michael Franks and Innocence Mission. She moved to Los Angeles to take a risk with her life and her music. "I’d played it way too safe up until then." She was amazed and inspired by the number and quality of writers in LA and found her own writing becoming at once more refined and more of a reflection of her life.
She learned to craft melodies that best showcase her powerful and lovely voice. She also learned "…not to be afraid of being too personal in my writing." She writes about the issues and thoughts that most of us have at one time or another, sometimes painful, sometimes hopeful but always honest and emotional.
When Lisa decided to record her songs, she enlisted the technical and musical help of Tommy Edwards, leader of Fake Mustard, an L A rock band. The 12-song CD, "Whenever the Moon is Full" was recorded at Edwards’ home studio with El Nino rains falling on the roof and the sounds of Tommy’s wife giving piano lessons out in the living room.
The CD was released in late 1998 on Trough Records, a small independent label started by Mark Humphreys, an LA-based singer-songwriter. Since then, many songs from the CD have received airplay on college and NPR radio stations including KRCL in Salt Lake City, WCUW in Worcester MA and WTSR in Ewing, NJ as well as on the internationally syndicated show "Rock N'Roots." In L A she has been heard on KLOS and KSCA. She has also received internet airplay on Broadcast.com’s "Femfrequency" and EyeQRadio's "Women's Independent Music Show."
Lisa spends most of her free time promoting and performing her music. "The Internet is an amazing tool for independent musicians," she says, and does a lot of promoting on Internet web sites. She was featured on AudioSurge.com with Song of the Week in June 1999 and was also a featured artist at Riffage.com. Lisa is a member of Indiegrrl, a growing network of female independent artists from all over the country. She organized an Indiegrrl Showcase in May 1999, which was part of the worldwide benefit for Kosovo Refugee Relief.
Lisa performs at coffeehouses and smaller clubs in and around Los Angeles and is putting a band together to augment her live sound and play bigger clubs. She was able to indulge her love for singing harmonies when singer songwriters Judy Krueger and Mary Coppin recently recruited her to lend background vocals to their new independent releases. She will keep singing because she says, "It’s all I ever really wanted to do."
WHENEVER THE MOON IS FULL
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