I’ve had the song “Stay (I Missed You)” stuck in my head since interviewing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb last week. It was a juggernaut hit for her in the 90’s and she followed it up with a string of hit singles. She’ll never know how lucky she was that I didn’t sing it to her during our interview or I’m afraid it would have been a much shorter interview.
I’ve been wanting to have Lisa on the show for a while now because of her presence in the LA music scene and popularity with kids. But also because of her longevity in the music industry. Lisa was a trailblazer when she released “Stay” from the Reality Bites soundtrack because she was the first independent pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. Anyone in the music industry can tell you that’s a huge accomplishment.
Since then she’s carved out a niche for herself with a large following of loyal fans. The music industry has changed a lot over the years and so has Lisa. She explains how motherhood has changed her perspective on music and her priorities. She also told me about her children’s albums, which she recorded before having kids and why she’s drawn to that style of music. Her children’s albums “Catch the Moon” (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Amazon Music exclusives, “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” and “Feel What U Feel” (featuring Craig Robinson and Ed Helms). She has also published two picture book-CDs for Sterling Children’s Books: “Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’” and “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing Along.”
Her latest album “Feel What U Feel” is a family album of mostly original songs featuring guest artists Craig Robinson, Ed Helms and others. It’s available exclusively on Amazon Music.
I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the Great Big Family Play Day in LA and it was wonderful. Parents who have been fans since their college days stopped by to listen and introduce their kids to her style of music. And it is a very unique style. Lisa has gentleness to her music and her spirit which I think is what draws people in and keeps them coming back for more, and makes them stay.
In a few weeks she’ll be doing a short residency at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC from June 6th to June 17th. For more information on Lisa visit her website, lisaloeb.com.