CLARISSA

CLARISSA

 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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"...If you like women who rock, and Clarissa does, thought provoking lyrics, and pounding rhythms, you should check out Clarissa...." Music Monthly

Biography

Power! Range! Versatility!

The Voice of
CLARISSA
Singer / Songwriter

Indie ~ Alterna ~ Rock ~ Pop ~ Folk

BIO
Clarissa Campbell began singing as a child everything from gospel to country to blues to rock ‘n roll. She’s a POWER singer! Her voice is unique, distinctive, versatile. And although she is technically a Mezzo Soprano (aka Dramatic Soprano), the voice packs an over three-octave range. Power, Range and Versatility are the words that best embrace her voice. She is originally from Knoxville, TN, grew up in VA and now resides in Baltimore, MD. Clarissa still studies voice and piano from various independent instructors from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Additional background includes 10 years of classical training in jazz and modern dance and choreography, five years of ballet and three years of professional modeling in New York and Baltimore. She continues to study dance privately.

Her live touring experience is vast and includes shows, festivals and events in Baltimore and up and down the East Coast. Plans are to widen the touring scope and to continue integrating classical instruments into the live rock band's performances. Clarissa states that she has always been drawn to the sound of mixing it up with classical and rock instrumentation. Her music’s core genre is Rock ‘n Roll. But some of her songs have crossed over into other categories such as Pop, Folk and Alternative, obvious and further evidence of the Singer / Songwriter's versatility. Music Monthly Magazine said, "...and the singer seems quite at home mixing it up with the louder stuff. Whether it’s the balladry of “Crimes” or the sonic sting of the aforementioned “Fall From Grace”, on "Free To Be", CLARISSA seems to be at home in any musical setting.”

The Singer has many awards and accreditations to her name including awards from VH1, Billboard Magazine, Song Prize, WOMDA, SPA Records and Music Monthly Magazine.

The Passion of Singing!

Clarissa is a natural born live performer, whose voice is frequently described as “haunting” and “unique”. Her high-energy shows are a spontaneous blend of her dance background, clear and powerful vocals and a sincere, emotional delivery of the message that is being conveyed through her lyrics. These are the reasons that her second album was recorded live. Music Monthly Magazine wrote, "...The lyrics are raw, kind of edgy, and so is her voice. It’s freaky how her voice and the music go together--it’s like they become one. Very interesting record, "Free To Be" is. If you like women who rock, and CLARISSA does, thought provoking lyrics, and pounding rhythms, you should check out CLARISSA." CD Street said, “CLARISSA Rocks! This band fronted by Clarissa Campbell has a rockin' groove, tight and edgy... Clarissa has a unique voice and combined with her band, they ROCK!" Clarissa’s live performance is frequently compared to Gwen Stefani’s of No Doubt by those in the know.

Her voice is sometimes described as a cross between Debra Harry of Blondie, Melissa Etheridge and a female version of Kevin Martin of Candlebox. When asked what drives her to continue performing, writing and recording, her response is a matter of fact, “I can’t NOT do it. Music is not a choice for me, the drive for it is unrelenting.” She is the Co-Songwriter for both albums and is currently responsible for all of the band’s bookings, it’s management and promotional efforts. She Co-Produced “Free To Be” with former guitarist and songwriting partner, Mike Berger, and she Produced the “CLARISSA Live!” album.

The third album is expected to be released sometime in 2008.

The Band
A Time Line

CLARISSA is a four member original rock band based out of Baltimore, MD. Clarissa Campbell, lead singer/songwriter, and Mike Berger, guitarist/songwriter originally joined forces and established a cover band in early 1999. Their band, Yellow #5, consistently toured the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. circuit from early 1999 through the Spring of 2001. Clarissa and Mike, although continuing to play cover music in some venues, redirected their focus to concentrate on their original music.

The debut CD, “Free To Be” was released in September 2001. This nine song CD features the collaborative efforts of Clarissa Campbell and Mike Berger. The music of this CD is a diverse blend of the melodic to the somewhat edgy. The overall theme of the music is “change”....... in life, love and the human experience. The lyrical content is honest and direct and the music written for it was designed to keep its integrity and support the message it sends. The overall sound of Clarissa's vocals and Mike's music is unmistakably their signature and therein lies the consist

Lyrics

Electric Light

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

Electric Light
Pictures in my mind are torn and faded
I’ve spent a life time looking out for you
How long did you think I’d last?
Making up for all your past?
It wasn’t me who ever changed my point of view

I’m flying now..... To where I’ve longed to be
I’m flying now..... You won’t catch up with me, No!
Electric Light - burning bright again
You won’t control - NO!
Electric Light - Burning bright

Oh here you come back again
Grappling with the questions of your mind
You cry you’ve died inside
Suffering from all your lies
The spark you killed in me
All the bleeding I’ve done......and now you try to hide

I’m flying now..... To where I’ve longed to be
I’m flying now..... You won’t catch up with me, No!
Electric Light - burning bright again
You won’t control - NO!
Electric Light - Burning bright

Well, I needed you to be a man
You turned away from me
You said you had to go
But I know.......You never truly lived

I’m flying now..... To where I’ve longed to be
I’m flying now..... You won’t catch up with me, No!
Electric Light - burning bright again
You won’t control - NO!
Electric Light - Burning bright.....AGAIN

© Clarissa Campbell

Givin' It Up

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

Givin’ It Up
I pull down my guard - and the tears
Do you know you have the eyes that could wound me
I’ve sent my love to you
Oh, by the time you realize, I’ll be well along..........Oh.........

(Chorus)
I’m giving it up in this moment for you
I’m giving it up for you
I’m giving it up, giving it, giving it
Giving it up

This feeling here inside, makes me realize you’re not mine
No more under the clouds to keep me blind
Your soul mate I was born, but you must lose me now and always
Caught in all your circumstance

(Chorus)
I’m giving it up in this moment for you
I’m giving it up for you
I’m giving it up, giving it, giving it
Giving it up

(Bridge)
You and me are like puppets in a dream
Didn’t we run from all of this yesterday
I may come home to you again
But not until you read between the lines

(Chorus)
I’m giving it up in this moment for you
I’m giving it up for you
I’m giving it up, giving it, giving it
Giving it up

I pull down my guard - and the tears
Do you know you have the eyes that could wound me
I’ve sent my love to you
Oh, by the time you realize.........................

© Clarissa L. Campbell

Free To Be

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

Free To Be

It’s a long way down to self destruction
Is that really the journey you want to take
Is misery that beautiful that you want to burn
Does the passion lie and leave you nothing else to learn

(Chorus)
Yeah, you’re free - free to live
Yeah, you’re free - free to love
Yeah, you’re free - free to decide
You’re free
Free to be

C’mon baby pick your head up
C’mon baby lighten your load up
I’ll see you through the night - I promise you
Let your light shine through - I will help you

(Chorus)
Yeah, you’re free - free to live
Yeah, you’re free - free to love
Yeah, you’re free - free to decide
You’re free
Free to be

C’mon baby pick your head up
C’mon baby lighten your load up
I’ll see you through the night - I promise you
Let your light shine through - I will help you

Don’t burden yourself with the teachings of your past
You’ve set yourself free at last
Don’t settle for the least of your dreams
Everything isn’t always as it seems

(Chorus)
Yeah, you’re free - free to live
Yeah, you’re free - free to love
Yeah, you’re free - free to decide
You’re free
Yeah, you’re free - free to live
Yeah, you’re free - free to love
Yeah, you’re free - free to decide
You’re free
Free to be
© C. Campbell

Away

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

away

I’m standin’ here, can you make this go away?
I’m standin’ here, can’t you say, “I’m sorry”?
I’m lying here, wonderin’ if we’ll meet again
I’m trying here, but you won’t even try to help me understand

And everywhere I see your face now
The memories of how it used to be
I’m trying so hard to forget your place here
You pulled me in, then tossed me away
Away
Away to face each day
Away to try to see
Why you chose to leave me

I’m wonderin’ now, if I ever knew the truth
I’m hopin’ now, you’ll come on home
I’m scared as hell, of all the things you’ve said to me
I’m trying here, to understand how you can just turn your back on me

And everywhere I see your face now
The memories of how it used to be
I’m trying so hard to forget your place here
You pulled me in, then tossed me away
Away
Away to face each day
Away to try to see
Why you chose to leave me

Oh is this all you can say?
Just turning me away
To face another day
Knowing you’ve gone away

I see you now, acting like you never knew me before
I think about, all the love we shared though
I’m torn apart, by the way you turned and walked out the door
I’m scared about, how you just expect me to go on

And everywhere I see your face now
The memories of how it used to be
I’m trying so hard to forget your place here
You pulled me in, then tossed me away
Away
Away to face each day
Away to try to see
Why you chose to leave me

I’m wonderin’ now, if I ever knew the truth
I’m hopin’ now, you’ll come on home

Numb

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

numb

And you wanna go higher
Higher than you’ve been before
Go Higher
And you wanna go higher
I’ve seen the previews
Higher
And we’ll win

No one else can touch me now
Numb with recognition of you
And if I don’t hold you now, I’ll break down
I’m heading for a breakdown with you

Do you think of me
When you walk alone
Do you think of me?
When the day is done
Do you think of me?
When you lie awake at night
Do you dream of me
In the early morning light

No one else can touch me now
Numb with recognition of you
And if I don’t hold you now, I’ll break down
I’m heading for a breakdown with you

And you wanna go higher
Higher than you’ve been before
Go Higher
And you wanna go higher
I’ve seen the previews
Higher
And we’ll win

No one else can touch me now
Numb with recognition of you
And if I don’t hold you now, I’ll break down
I’m heading for a breakdown with you

Before

Written By: Clarissa Campbell

before
I saw it so clearly.
You were there, staring back at me.
And I wanted to feel you, like the fire only we can start.
The sea of people, staring back at me.
I wanted to know you, and feel you surrounding me.

Have you ever known a high like this before?
Have you never gotten off like this before?
Didn't think we'd ever fly like this before.
Before
We were different - you and me.

You can never deny me.
I am fire for you.
And you need me to burn through all these clouds.
I'll set fire to all these nightmares.
Your mind's obstacles in the way.
I wanted to see you, looking right back at me.

Have you ever known a high like this before?
Have you never gotten off like this before?
Didn't think we'd ever fly like this before.
Before
Before is gone.
It's only now

And I've felt it so easily.
Never knowing what it really means.
It's always been burning, this fire inside of me.
And some day I'll take it over, then you'll see.
I wanted you with me, watching over me.
So I'll keep this fire burning, watching over you.

Have you ever known a high like this before?
Have you never gotten off like this before?
Didn't think we'd ever fly like this before.
Before
Before is gone.
It's only now

Discography

DISCOGRAPHY:

CLARISSA Live!
Released: October 2004
Producer: Clarissa Campbell
Recorded & Engineered: Jason George, N P Live
Mixed: Drew Mazurek, High View Studios
Mastered: Ty Ford
Art Design: Rick Hallquist, Dactyl Media FX & Clarissa
Lyrics & Music: Clarissa Campbell & Mike Berger

Free To Be
Released: September 2001
Producer: Clarissa Campbell & Mike Berger
Recorded & Engineered: Mike Potter, Orion Studios
Mastered: Doug Milton, Cyberella Studios
Art Design: Kevin Hoppe
Lyrics & Music: Clarissa Campbell & Mike Berger

"Away", “Come See About Me”, “Before” and “Free To Be”, the CD’s title track, have secured considerable airplay on both regular radio stations and web radio.

Set List

CLARISSA and her band perform both full electric band shows - originals and covers and acoustic/unplugged (2 - 4 piece) shows depending on the needs of the venue. Shows vary in length between one and four hours.

“Free To Be” and "CLARISSA Live!" are both recordings of the full rock band, however a taste of the acoustic style can be heard in such tracks as: “Voice Inside”; “Come See About Me” and “Before”.

Cover songs are modern rock and are listed below.

SET LIST:

Original CLARISSA Songs:
All My Wars 2000
Tables Have Turned 2000
Voice Inside 2000
Free To Be 2000
Come See About Me 1999
Before 2000
Through The Storm 1999
Crimes 2000
Fall From Grace 2000
Numb 2001
That's When You Know 2001
What Boys Do (F*** Up) 2001
Then I Came Walkin' In 2001
Me And You 2001
Giving It Up 2001
Electric Light 2002
Away 2002

Full Electric Rock Band ~ Cover Song List:
Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes