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Fast Five: Lisa Redford



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I was fascinated by pop music and how songs were put together from a really young age and grew up listening to all kinds of music, in particular singer/songwriters such as Carole King, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor. I began writing songs, singing and playing piano in my early teens then I started playing guitar at university where I really began to develop as a performer and writer. I also play ukulele and mandolin.

For an alternative career I always wanted to be a writer as I’m obsessed with books and reading and studied literature at university, or a dancer, definitely something in a creative and artistic field.

How would you describe your music?

My music is acoustic based, it’s very melodic and heartfelt has tinges of folk-pop, roots and Americana. One label described it as ’delicate acoustic roots pop with heartfelt lyrics and a superb vocal’ and I rather like that description!

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve been releasing my own albums and touring for awhile. Some really cool things have happened such as having lots of airplay and support by legendary BBC DJ Bob Harris. Last year I wrote the whole score for a US short film plus I’ve toured Europe and played some amazing headline gigs here in the UK. I’ve also been based more recently in New York City which has been wonderful for broadening my musical horizons and I’ve had the chance to collaborate with some very respected US musicians that I admire.

Right now I’m concentrating on promoting my brand new EP Reminders which is a mix of acoustic and band songs. It was recorded in Brooklyn and produced by an outstanding musician and producer, Jeff Hill who has worked with the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson. I’m really proud of it and it’s had a lovely response so far. The title track has a slightly darker feel with some beautiful cello and double bass from Jeff. There’s also a summer pop song with loads of harmonies and a heartfelt acoustic ballad with some lovely piano. The songs are certainly inspired by my different life so far in NYC.

Reminders EP Teaser:

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

There are so many male songwriters that I admire. Top choice would probably be Ryan Adams, love the tone and emotion in his voice and he’s an exceptional songwriter.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

So much to choose from. My all-time favourite albums are by The Smiths (The Queen is Dead) and Kate Bush (The Hounds of Love) but for a desert island I think I would want something more fun and good for dancing to. I love Two Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History as it’s so infectious and uplifting. Something Good Can Work feels made for chilling on the beach.