Lissie was born in Rock Island, Illinois, one of the Quad Cities on the banks of the Mississippi River. She’s a straight-talking Midwestern girl, all flaxen hair and big blue eyes, and this girl is smart and gutsy and tough, with a big old voice to match it.
Lissie was inspired by her Grandfather, a former international barbershop quartet champion, she would sing along at her Lutheran church but she was never a choirgirl.
As her musical journey progressed, little by little things came together. She recorded in London and caught the attention of new fans and the U.S. press, with praise rolling in from Paste, Nylon, Filter, and Marie Claire, among others. She toured with Ray LaMontagne, A.A. Bondy, City & Colour, and The Low Anthem and she eventually tackled a whirlwind SXSW schedule and won over tough critics like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and even Perez Hilton.
After heading to Nashville to record with Jacquire King and more with Reynolds, her debut album, Catching A Tiger was born: 12 songs that range from bluesy-folk to unfettered pop, and showcase both her remarkable voice and her songwriting chops.
“So much of my process is instinct and it’s natural. Even in photo shoots I won’t wear concealer, I don’t want to look like someone painted my face. Everything I do I want to feel natural; I want it to mean something to me. If it doesn’t feel natural I can’t do it. I can’t act. I’m not good at faking it.”
And this is the essence of Lissie, something straight-down-the-line, unaffected.