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One thing is clear; Lisa Nicole Grace is passionate about the arts. From her work within the music community as an independent Singer/Songwriter to teaching voice lessons, to volunteering as the social media coordinator for the Northern Lights Folk Club in Edmonton, to co-creating and co-hosting the weekly arts podcast, The Prairie Belles, she is whole-heartedly dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of the arts in her local community and beyond.
Amidst all of these arts related activities, Lisa’s ultimate passion and priority is songwriting.
Lisa released her first full length record “Prairie Belle” in October 2011. She celebrated the release on a chartered streetcar performance atop the High Level Bridge in Edmonton on October 29, 2011. She followed up this release with a Western Canadian Tour sponsored by Via Rail taking her across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This past February Lisa was awarded two grants to travel to the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, Tennessee where she performed a private showcase and attended songwriting workshops. She continues to write and perform in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.
With her new release continuing to gain momentum and her passion for songwriting and the arts Lisa Nicole Grace is definitely a steady force within the Canadian music scene.
Jered Evangelos - percussion/drums
Brent Schaitel - acoustic guitar/electric guitar/piano/backup vocals/mandolin
Justin Litun - upright bass
Ryan Jacobson - guitar/bass
"Prairie Belle" Full Length - October 2011
"The Cellar Sessions" EP - July 2008
Lisa Nicole Grace
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Perhaps Lisa Nicole Grace Evangelos wouldn’t be a musician today had it not been for a spinal surger...Perhaps Lisa Nicole Grace Evangelos wouldn’t be a musician today had it not been for a spinal surgery that the local singer-songwriter had to undergo eight years ago. The surgery was for the correction of her scoliosis, a condition she had been diagnosed with around age 10.
“I had to stop doing those more physical activities because of my surgery,” explains Evangelos, who had been involved in a variety of activities including gymnastics, dance and taekwondo as a child. “But I’ve always been involved in high school band and the choir at church. I started taking voice lessons while I was recovering and then I started focusing [solely on music].”
Evangelos is no doubt driven. She ended up in the top five in a CMT songwriting contest for former Canadian Idol contestant Tara Oram. In July, Evangelos recorded a four-song EP, titled The Cellar Sessions, in her basement studio and her songs have since gotten radio airplay.
“[My husband Jered and I] bought some recording equipment in January so we just started experimenting,” says Evangelos. “[Jered] contributed a lot. He really learned how to use the recording equipment. He played percussion and different instruments. [We] wrote some of the songs together and he helped produce some of the songs.”
Having done and learned so much in such a short time span, it’s hard to believe that right before Evangelos turned 25 earlier this year, she went through a minor, quarter-life crisis before she had finished making her record.
“I took some sociology courses ... that [talked] about how society puts a timeline and pressure on people. Usually I don’t let that [pressure] affect me, but I definitely was having one of those weeks,” Evangelos recalls, a little embarrassed. “For the most part, I feel that everybody is an individual with their own timeline. Everyone goes through slumps, but that’s just life. I don’t think it really matters how old you are as long as you’re following your dreams.” V
the most sonically interesting album to come out of Alberta in a very long time...
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"...Lisa Nicole Grace is about to lose her distinction as the most under-rated artist in Edmonton, ..."...Lisa Nicole Grace is about to lose her distinction as the most under-rated artist in Edmonton, as everyone is about to find out about the girl with the golden voice. With the release of her eclectic debut 'Prairie Belle', Lisa blends Folk, Pop and Country elements to create the most sonically interesting album to come out of Alberta in a very long time..."
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"Lisa's music comes from a very honest place. One of Edmonton's most inspiring musicians."
Preferably I play my own songs. I am capable of doing two 45-60 minutes sets. When I do covers they usually consist of Sheryl Crow, Jann Arden, Bonnie Rait, Ryan Adams.
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