Lisa Anderson’s silly, fierce, perky, and passionate indie-pop reflects the struggles and joys of embracing all life has to offer – the dark, the blissful, and the grey in between. Her pragmatic optimism and quirky humour weave through her lyrics to form moments of kinship with her listeners. In performance, Lisa accompanies her vocals with a keyboard, ukulele, and looper pedal, creating unique soundscapes that match her distinct view of the world.
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.
Since returning to Calgary in 2015, Lisa was a top ten finalist in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition, was nominated for two YYC Music awards, performed at the 2018 Big Winter Classic Music Festival, and was awarded an honorable mention at the 2015 Calgary Folk Festival songwriting competition. She regularly performs around Canada and recently toured Europe in June and July to promote her second album “A Hundred Lives”.
Anderson’s main influences are Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Patrick Watson, and Death Cab For Cutie. Her most recent release "A Hundred Lives" 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 and Carsten Rubeling on trombone. Collaborations include “Salvavidas” with lyrics by José Luis Sánchez Hernando and music by Lisa Anderson, “Time is Running” with lyrics and music by Lisa Anderson and Ben Nixon and “Barricade” with lyrics by Ben Nixon, 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.