Renowned international artist Lissie joins us on Facebook on Saturday, May 30th at 7:30 pm for a video premiere of music just for you! Invite your friends and family to enjoy a concert together while we're physically apart. Donations will be accepted for the Chapter via Facebook and for the artist via her virtual tip jar. Tune in at 7:00 pm for Caitlin Edwards opening!
Lissie grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, near the Mississippi River, speaking her mind and writing songs from an early age. Fans first fell in love with her sun-and-tequila-soaked voice from her five-song EP Why You Runnin', produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, which was ranked among the Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009 by Paste. Lissie's full-length debut, Catching A Tiger, co-produced by Reynolds and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) was released in 2010. Paste Magazine named her Best New Solo Artist, VH1 tapped her as a "You Oughta Know" artist, she received a Q Awards nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist and iTunes UK chose "When I'm Alone," as their song of the year 2010. Scads of festival performances, tour dates, television appearances and film/TV song placements followed. Along the way, Lissie also released a live CD/DVD of her sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush, and racked up more than five million cumulative views for her live videos of songs like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," Kid Cudi's "Pursuit Of Happiness" and Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" - songs that appear on her five-song 2011 EP Covered Up With Flowers. Lissie's exhilarating cover of 'Mother', taken from her EP “Cryin’ To You", was synced to the trailer of the blockbuster video game 'Evolve', and scored over 10 million views in under two weeks on YouTube.
Back to Forever, the follow-up to Lissie's 2010 debut, was produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee (R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Silversun Pickups). Lissie’s next album My Wild West in 2016 peaked #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Album chart. After releasing her stunning Top 10 record ‘Castles’ in 2018, Lissie returned earlier in 2019 with ‘When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective’- an evocative collection reinterpreting songs from her first decade in music.
Lissie also appeared in the most recent season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks with NME saying of her “intense” performance: “Closing the episode with the Stevie Nicks-esque ‘Wild West,’ Rock Island’s most exciting troubadour more than earned her Lynch-commissioned screen time.”
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