Laura Lisbeth

Laura Lisbeth

 
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Tasty southern rock flavored with a bit of folk and finished off with arresting vocals.

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Biography

Laura Lisbeth was born and raised on the plains of Kansas. She's a red-meat-lovin' country girl, transplanted to the city, who plays a big Martin guitar, owns about 15 pairs of boots (lord knows how many shoes), and still keeps her saddle even though she doesn't have a horse anymore.

Those days of country living may be far behind her, but theyve definitely influenced her writing.  Laura says, When you grow up in Kansas, you learn the true meaning of the word honesty. The landscape and the sky are wide open, with nowhere to hide from the truth. Laura uses that clear, pure honesty in her songs, never backing down from the hard-learned truths of life. Known for their intelligence, honesty, and bravery the songs are a unique, fresh take on the world, the way she sees it. Her songs have won recognition from publications such as American Songwriter Magazine, regular airplay on Kansas Public Radios Trail Mix program, and the ultimate reward: respect from her fellow songwriters.

Possibly even more memorable than the lyrics in her songs are her stunning vocals, which draw people in from the far perimeters, holding them mesmerized. Her music and her sound have prompted comparisons to singer/songwriters such as Aimee Mann, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jewell. But she has a sound that is all her own.

Laura released her first full-length CD entitled "Hit the Ground Running" in 2007. Recorded at Steve Phillips' Big Time Music Productions in Kansas City, it is a collection of folk/pop tunes with a sweet and simple overall sound that beautifully captures her arresting vocals.

In the Fall of 2011, Laura began work on her long-awaited second CD, titled "The Balance." Laura teamed up with producer Gary Beard for this project to create an album that would showcase her songwriting skills and take the production of her songs to the highest level. To achieve this, she traveled to Nashville to work with some of the most talented musicians available. "The Balance" was released in October, 2012.

She has been selected three years in a row to represent the Kansas City chapter of NSAI at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Country Stampede, a national country music festival featuring major acts such as Zac Brown band, The Band Perry, and Toby Keith.



 

Lyrics

The Balance

Written By: Laura Lisbeth

If you'll be the keeper of the flame, I'll be a soft summer rain
To temper the fire with reason
If you'll be a lighthouse on the shore, I'll be a boat that keeps its mooring
In a hurricane season
Chorus;
And we'll keep the balance
And we'll hold the line
When all around us spinning, the world seems to be winning
Take it straight to this heart of mine

If ever you feel you're upside down, I'll put your feet back on the ground
And your head back on the level
'Cause I know you'd do the same for me, and bring a thread of continuity
Whenever I unravel

Chorus:
And we'll keep the balance
And we'll hold the line
When all around us spinning, the world seems to be winning
Concentrate on this heart of mine

And we'll keep the balance
And we'll hold the line
When all around us spinning, the world seems to be winning
Take it straight to this heart of mine and
Concentrate on this heart of mine and
Make a break for this heart of mine and
Everything is gonna be just fine
And keep the balance

Tag:
You be the keeper of the flame
I'll be a soft summer rain
And we'll keep the balance
We'll keep the balance

Billy

Written By: Laura Lisbeth and Gary Beard

Billy I'd like to tell you just how long this has been going on
Letters I could mail you, but you'd probably take it wrong
I've been dreaming 'bout you in my sleep
I've been treading waters that are dangerous and deep
Yeah, really
Oh yeah Billy

You take me to a place with every line
You know me like you've known me for a long, long time
It's like you read my mind

Billy, you're my refuge - you're my port in a storm
Underneath the blanket of your words, I'll be safe and warm
Wrap me up in images and dreams
You hold me together at the seams
Yeah, really
Oh yeah Billy

You take me to a place with every line
You know me like you've known me for a long, long time
It's like you read my mind

It's more than just some printing on a page
I am the seeker, you're the sage
You're the one who hold the key
Oh Billy - to set me free

Billy I've never met you, so this might be just a phase
But I won't rest till I get you - every word, every phrase
The commonly uncommon things you do --
I want to sail alone with you around this room
Yeah, really
Oh yeah Billy

You take me to a place with every line
You know me like you've known me for a long, long time
It's like you read
It's like you read my mind

Don't LookDown

Written By: Laura Lisbeth

If I was falling down from the 31st floor to the pavement far below
As I'd be passing by I could see the lives of the tentants I don't know
For a second or two I'd get a bird's eye view of their kitchen and living rooms
Then before you know it I'd be down below it and end it all too soon

That kind of dying feels a little like flying if you don't think about the ground
Put your face in the wind, point your feet to the sky and don't look down

If I was falling down from the 31st floor it'd be tempting not to try
Some kid of aerobatics, it would be dramatic, it would make the news at five.
But I wouldn't be like every other fool who got too close to the edge
One misstep, they never let you forget it. You can't unburn a bridge.

That kind of dying feels a little like flying if you don't think about the ground
Put your face in the wind, point your feet to the sky and don't look down. Don't look down.

All the plans and all the dreams I had for my life
Like pictures on a movie screen, they'd flash before my eyes
I'd never have another dance
There'd never be another chance
There'd be no going back

So I'm standing here on the 31st floor, I've got one foot on the line
Between a mental vision of a bad decision and the rest of my life
For a second or two I thought it through, then I put it quickly out of my mind.

'Cause that kind of dying feels a little like flying if you don't think about the ground
So raise your face to the sky, hold your arms open wide and don't look down. Don't look down.