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Lissie's most recent album, Live at Union Chapel, features 13 solo acoustic songs recorded at Lissie’s Union Chapel show in London in December 2015, including a special cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River”. The live album was released on the heels of Lissie’s latest studio album, My Wild West, which dropped earlier last year. Her most personal album to date, My Wild West is a fitting tribute to Lissie's life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter to her departure for the Midwest, wiser and more self-assured. Bookended by the songs “Hollywood” and “Ojai”, it brings out the two extremes of the past decade – the ups and downs of the former and the “stability, joy and peace” of the latter. My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie's Midwestern roots. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Album chart.
One of Lissie’s most powerful tracks on the album, “Daughters” is a pro-feminist call-to-arms that took its cue from Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, subject of the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In March, Lissie partnered with charity:water in support of International Women’s Day to raise awareness surrounding the non-profit’s mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. She released a pay what you want download of her song ‘Daughters’ which raised over $4500 for clean water projects in developing countries and performed the song on CNN International to spread word of the cause.
Lissie's two previous albums, 2010's Catching a Tiger and 2013's Back to Forever, both scored in the Top 20 of the U.K. charts and Top 5 in Norway, the former going gold in both countries. Stateside, the two releases hit the Top 5 in Billboard's Heatseekers chart, peaked at #5 and #11, respectively, on the U.S. Folk tally and went Top 40 on the Indie chart. Her songs have been licensed for countless films and TV shows, and topped numerous Best Of polls. 'The Longest Road,' a song she wrote with DJ Morgan Page was subsequently remixed by Deadmau5 and nominated for a 'Best Remixed Record' Grammy.
They say timing is everything. And this couldn’t be truer for 18 year-old singer/songwriter Julia Brennan. If only it didn’t take a broken collar bone to happen!
"We have this little vintage motorcycle that my brother rides around the yard all the time," explains the Minneapolis-bred musician. "One day this summer, I jump on and just as I start going, I realize the hand brake was broken. I broke my collar bone and had to have surgery. I was stuck on the couch for a few weeks, and I said to myself, Well, I have nothing to do. And I’ve been sitting on these three songs for months, why not put them out now?"
This summer, Julia self-released her first few songs, including her heartfelt, piano-laced breakout track "Inner Demons." "A week after I released the songs, I thought, Oh, I should send them into local radio stations and see if they’ll play my songs." In just a few days, the pop radio station in Minneapolis (KDWB-FM) called Julia while on the air, talked to her about these songs, and played a minute of "Inner Demons."
"It kind of happened almost too quickly for me to think about it," she says. Julia had just moved into the dorms at the University of Minnesota to begin her freshman year of college as all of this was happening. "We had only put it on YouTube and iTunes for a very short time this summer, before radio got hold of it," she explains. The feedback was so positive that she pulled up stakes from her dorm room the day before her first class. A few days later, she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Julia’s three-song Inner Demons EP is available now.