The Desert Pulse artist spotlight on Lisa Mac

Lisa Mac Picnic

Lisa Mac Picnic
The Desert Pulse artist spotlight on Lisa Mac.

Name: Lisa Mac
Hometown: St. George, UT
Founded: 2015
Genre: Blues
Influences: Erkah Badu, Amy Winehouse, CREAM, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, BB King, Etta James, Outkast, Fiona Apple, and “every piece of music that has ever moved me.”

“Lisa has the ability to take any song from any genre and make it her own.”

Lisa Mac PicnicLisa Mac has been singing since childhood, writing her first songs at 17 and recording and releasing her own album. She has been performing full time for the past year while recording her first studio EP, Picnic, released November 24, 2016.

In her short professional career, each performance has met rave reviews. People young and old and from every background connect with the funky yet smooth sound and can’t help but fall into the groove with covers of rock legends like Janis Joplin to newer fare such as Beyonce and Rihanna.

But it’s her original songs that truly captivate the audience – accessible and vulnerable, her songs range from slow soul to alternative rock to reggae-infused pop, with just enough tongue-in-cheek to balance it all out.

“I have always been into music because I was raised by a huge family of music lovers,” Lisa Mac shares. “I have four sisters who also sing soul music, and two brothers who’ve introduced me to all kinds of things from punk rock to christian pop, 100 year old blues and blues traveler and everything in the middle. I started voice lessons for the first time because my stepmom had heard me singing the little mermaid songs to myself, and I was terrified to find out she had heard me.”

“My parents helped encourage me to do voice lessons throughout elementary school, even though I had crippling stage fright. I was a very shy girl and hardly even talked to people in a group setting. But, I knew I loved singing, and I knew I was good at it. So, I kept slowly trying to push myself out there, first with acting in middle school, then trying out for the advanced choir in high school, and doing open mic performances after high school.”
Lisa Mac Picnic
“I never saw music as a real career, opting for a safer 9 to 5 job while I started my family and settled down. But then I had twins. The thought really sank in that if I don’t do what I want to do with my life RIGHT NOW, I won’t have another chance. That experience made me really think about a lot of things. So, I took the chance and started performing again and when I was ready I started booking my own performances. Soon after I began teaching beginning music lessons. My whole life is music and family now, and I couldn’t be happier.”

“I started playing piano at age 4 because I was mad when they said I was too young for lessons, and my brothers and sisters all got to start piano lessons. So, I just went through the books, and went through the same exercises and taught myself, playing whatever I could find. When I started writing songs, at 17, I did the same with the guitar, searching for chords online and just working through it to teach myself to play.”

Lisa Mac Picnic“Over the past year of performing and recording full time, the most fun experience has been shooting a music video. I got with a very talented director and videographer friend of mine in Central Park and had an amazing first time in New York City.  We had planned to have lots of sunlight shots and had a certain look in mind, but it turned out there were only about 5 hours of sunlight the whole 3 days we were there in New York, so it was all a little frantic. But, very well executed by the director and very efficient. I’m very excited to get that video out into the world. It’s for the title track off my new album – Picnic. That was definitely a point where I had to stop and appreciate everything I’ve done to get me to this point, and really just say thank you, this is awesome, to the universe. I got a lot of people looking me up and following my music (in New York) just because they heard me and saw me singing the song and dancing around Central Park. The whole thing is still very surreal to me.”

The next adventure is Picnic Live – the picnic tour. I’ve got a few album release events set up between Las Vegas and St George, and will be touring with my first studio album after that all around the western US and beyond.
Audiences from New York to one end of the Las Vegas strip to the other and all across the region have been amazed and dazzled by her strong soulful vocals. Follow new performance dates @LisaMacLV on FB, IG, Twitter, and Youtube. Lisa Mac music can also be found on her website or on soundcloud.
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