“Music is the storytelling of life.”
The success of Lisa Matassa's most-recent CD, SOMEBODY’S BABY, has elevated her status from "popular regionally-recognized entertainer" to "rising Country star." The Long Island-based songstress has appeared on the nationally-televised MARIE Show and Good Morning San Diego, made her debut at the historic The Ryman Auditorium and performed during the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Matassa also entertained huge crowds at up-state New York's first Country-themed music event, this summer's Taste of Country Festival. This energetic Queen of Long Island Country has already hosted 650 AM WSM's Guest Artist Series and sang the National Anthem at her first Major League Baseball (Arizona Diamondbacks) game. Her hit song and video "Somebody's Baby," took her to the Top 40 on both the Billboard Indicator and MusicRow charts and generated over four MILLION YouTube views.
Not bad stats for a woman in a highly-competitive and diverse business. “I’ve been singing my whole life, and I dreamed of becoming a professional musician when I was just eight years old," Lisa recalls. "Music has always been a huge part of my life. I knew a long time ago that this is what I was going to do - no matter what it took.” Lisa just never imagined the twists and turns her career would take before bringing her to this point.
Operatically trained as a child and with a resonantly powerful Pop voice, Lisa recorded two Top-10 Dance singles before she was 20. The songs were huge hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her performing slots on concerts with acts Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and TKA.
"I was born in New York but raised in Florida," Lisa explains. "I was exposed to all kinds of music, but my favorites were Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash." Matassa may have capitalized on the Dance craze, but her heart has always been steadfastly Country. With the recent "Rockification" of the Country genre, Lisa realized that she could blend the natural heartfelt soul of Country with her own stylized brand of big city edge. SOMEBODY'S BABY was Lisa’s third genre-focused project, following 2011's ME TIME and 2012's SUNRISE HIGHWAY. The “Me Time” video shot to Number One on CMT’s charts shortly after its release, and her version of the revered, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” also topped the chart and remained in the Top Five on CMT’s 2011 holiday chart. It's obvious that Matassa has found the perfect fit for her voice and her personality - and her music is now resonating with fans on a global scale.
"It's just crazy right now," the sultry-voiced singer comments. "I'm operating at a very fast pace, and doing exactly what I want to do musically ... which is wonderful."
Lisa is not only an engaging performer, but a talented songwriter as well. She co-wrote her new single, "I Won't Ask," with her guitarist Colin Smith and Tony Bruno, the producer of her SOMEBODY’S BABY CD. The up-tempo track rocks and twangs while revealing the singer's vulnerability in a relationship. The "I Won't Ask" video reunites Lisa with Director Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless) who helmed her popular "Somebody's Baby" video.
When she's not in front of the camera or writing songs, Lisa is on the road promoting her music. She has opened shows for Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Thompson Square, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn and Lee Brice.
“No one would think a girl from Long Island would want to sing Country music,” Lisa laughs, “but I live on an island with almost eight million people, and there are so many Country fans now that the timing just seems right.” Although she’s heard the axiom that you need to be in "Music City" to have a successful career, Lisa views the fact that she lives outside Nashville as an artistic advantage. She loves to cook and spend quality time with her husband and her two teenage children.
As Matassa puts it, “I want people to say, okay, here’s a woman who is not your typical 20-something, recording artist--this woman is actually singing about what happens after you meet your Prince Charming, after you walk through that fairy tale of a relationship and you realize now you’re married and now there are children and now there are bills and things you have to do. I really just want to have songs that people could relate to on a different level.”
Lisa believes that ultimately success comes down to the song. “I don’t think Country fans care where you live or your age,” she explains. “You have to be able to evoke an emotion in a listener so they can say: "wow, she knows how I feel, she's been there too. Oh, and by the way, who is she?'”
Actually, that “who is she” question has now been answered. Lisa is generating hits - bringing great songs and dynamic vocals along as her standard. She's charming everyone who hears her music or meets her in person - from tastemakers to fans ... and she's drawing the attention of industry's movers and shakers as well. Her social media numbers are impressive with nearly 500,000 Twitter followers and over 200,000 Facebook friends. Many of those fans are eagerly awaiting her upcoming CD, which is due in stores first quarter of 2014.