Lisa Anderson’s stunning voice pulls you into her show, but it’s her storytelling about an intensely lived life that enthralls as you connect with her whimsical piano-pop music.
Anderson is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, Canada who traveled and lived around the world before finding herself back home reeling from heartbreak. It was here, a place she once felt like an outsider, where she delighted to discover the freedom to be herself, the determination to plunge into her music, and the chance for real love.
Since returning to Calgary in 2015, Anderson won an honourable mention at the 2015 Calgary Folk Festival song writing competition for her song “Beautiful Night” and has received praise from the local community. “She is a total package entertainer,” says Lisa Dodd, bass guitar and vocals for Gord Bamford. She regularly performs around western Canada and is currently in post-production for her upcoming album.
Anderson has captivated audiences around the world with her “beautiful and powerful voice,” as described by Pablo Garcinuño of Spain’s Los 4 Palos Blog. Her self-titled debut album was sponsored and promoted by Spain’s nation-wide radio network Los 40 Principales. She has performed in Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Canada. “In a context that is so cynical, it is increasingly rare to come across an artist who knows how to innocently enjoy her passion, is driven only by the irrepressible need to cry out her emotions, and is still easily embarrassed by a sincere compliment,” Maurizio Grimaldi of Italy’s Info Oggi Blog.
Anderson’s main influences are Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Patrick Watson, and Florence and the Machine. Her forthcoming album features Daniel Ruiz on drums and glockenspiel, Kevin Sullivan on bass, Brendan Waters on guitar and piano, Nicole Romeril on violin, Ben Longman on cello, André Wickenheiser on trumpet/flugelhorn, Carsten Rubeling on trombone, and Ben Nixon on mellotron. Collaborations include “Salvavidas” with lyrics by José Luis Sánchez Hernando and music by Lisa Anderson, "We Did What We Had To" with lyrics by Lisa Anderson and music by Lisa Anderson and Paul Orton, “Time is Running” with lyrics and music by Lisa Anderson and Ben Nixon, “Barricade” with lyrics by Ben Nixon and music by Lisa Anderson and Ben Nixon.
Ultimately, Anderson recognizes the wanderlust that inspires people to step out of their comfort zones in search of the human experience. Her combination of storytelling, self-deprecating humour, and quirky songs resonates as deeply as her voice.
Location: Calgary, AB