Elise Lebec

Elise Lebec

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Nominated for three NAR lifestyle awards, Elise likes to describe her music as something that takes you to that special place in your head. It has been described as healing but it truly evokes the imagination by inviting the mysterious energy of the universe to connect with the listener.

Biography

Pianist/singer/songwriter and composer, Elise Lebec hopes that when people hear her music, it helps them to dream about a better world and then encourages them to make those dreams come true. Her third album, POSSIBLE DREAMS, is a solo piano recording filled with 14 original compositions inspired by nature, love and hope for the future.

"Dreaming is one of the best of all human traits," Elise says, "because it is much easier to attain a goal if you have already visualized it. What do you want your life to be like? What type of world do you want to live in? After you answer those questions, it's logical to try to figure out how to make it happen. I hope that while people are listening to my music, they will think of new ideas and new ways of doing things. They might work toward large goals like peace for our planet or simply try to make their own life happier. Anything positive we add to this world makes it a better place for all of us."

Elise's CDs can be purchased at select music stores and gift shops nationwide, at major online stores such as amazon.com and cdbaby.com, or from digital download locations including iTunes.com. More information on Elise is available at her website, eliselebec.com.
Elise began her musical career under the name Tabitha. Her first album, TABITHA PLAYS BILLICH, was instrumental piano music composed to be enjoyed in conjunction with paintings by world-renowned artist Charles Billich. Her second CD using the name Tabitha Lebec was a vocal album, BACK TO INNOCENCE, of all original material. Elise spent time in Sydney, Australia, where she became a popular performer at both charity events and her own performance-art concerts. Elise also spent five years in England where she formed the band Post Pop Federation with Mike Lindup (Level 42) and also performed with Nigel Kennedy, Imogen Heap (Frou Frou), Kiki Dee (Elton John) and Colin Preston (Samantha Mumba). Elise also has worked with Chris Boardman, a top arranger for Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and more than 200 films. In addition, Elise's song and vocals are appearing in the movie "Americanizing Shelly."

Elise was born and raised in San Diego, California, the daughter of "a hippie who sat on the lawn and played the guitar a lot." Her father brought home a variety of new age and world music albums, and at night Elise would fall asleep wearing headphones and listening to artists such as George Winston, Enya, Loreena McKinnit and Andreas Vollenweider. Elise began "messing around on the piano" when she was only four. Self-taught, she played piano every day. "At first it was very personal because it was the only way I had to vent whatever was going on inside me." As she got older, she learned pieces by Beethoven and Vivaldi, but also experimented with improvisation and stream of consciousness playing.
Elise moved to New Zealand where she lived on the ocean for two years and developed her songwriting and piano playing. Her next move was to Australia where she became in-demand as a musician to perform at charity functions. She organized a piano marathon at a mall to raise money for children who hope to study at the Royal School of Music. Elise's own concerts in Sydney featured her playing original music on piano while other performers, including jugglers and fire-eaters, also entertained the audiences. Elise, who was a Steinway Piano-sponsored artist in Australia, walked into painter Charles Billich's gallery one day, sat down at a piano there, and began playing. This led to a collaboration with Billich who was the official artist for the 1996 Olympics and who has a painting hanging in the Vatican. The TABITHA PLAYS BILLICH recording features Elise's original piano pieces written specifically for various Billich paintings which are shown inside the CD booklet.

Elise expanded her musical ambitions when she moved to England where she began to sing professionally. She studied with top vocal coach Glenn Jones (who also has worked with Annie Lennox). Elise co-founded the band Post Pop Federation with Level 42 keyboardist Mike Lindup and Roland Chadwick, and they performed concerts and released (through Warner Bros.) a CD titled PPF. As a solo artist, Elise played at top clubs including The Kashmir Klub (with Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Richard Thompson in the audience), The Troubadour, Floyd's and the Bartok CafŽ. Elise sang onstage with Kiki Dee, opened for Sheryl Crow and occasionally performed with Imogen Heap. In addition, Elise wrote and recorded the song "Rainbow" with Colin Preston (producer for Samantha Mumba), and Elise performed it on BBC-TV as the opening for the first British Kickboxing Championship. Elise also played several times with best-selling alternative-classical violinist Nigel Kennedy.

After returning to the United States, Elise worked with Peter Bernstein (Elmer Bernstein"s son), who arranged and produced two tunes that tested at the

Lyrics

No Ordinary Day

Written By: Tabitha Lebec

No Ordinary Day
WRITTEN BY ELISE ÔTABITHAÕ LEBEC
copyright 2005

In my room
In this place
I close my eyes
And hide my face
In this land I make you tall
To step outside my door and fall
So in my room I lay my head and keep my dignity
instead

Prechorus:
And I have turned down places, pretty faces
Turned down your promises just to be here.

Verse:
In my dreams I can see what the gods have made for me
There are times when I have felt
IÕve been here with someone else
I am torn by choices, soft voices
These are the traces of my life.

chorus:
I keep praying this is no ordinary Day
And I keep hoping, this is no ordinary day

Verse:
I hear this woman speak to me, she is the future I
believe
Standing tall and be strong this is the place where I
belong.
And I am torn by choices, soft voices
These are the traces of my life.

Chorus:
I keep praying this is no ordinary Day
And I keep hoping, this is no ordinary day

Bridge:
ThereÕs something that I have to do first
Hey

Chorus:
I keep praying this is no ordinary Day
And I keep hoping, this is no ordinary day

Never Be The Same

Written By: Tabitha Lebec

verse:
She goes out into the night
I try and follow but I can't keep up her stride
she knows where she's going, she knows where's she been.
and the church bells ringing in far away hills, singing clear like angel birds and I know
Things will never be the same around here.
Oh no things will never be the same

chorus: She'll run, run, run
run, run, run to the open air
and she'll run, run, run to the welcome sky
just to feel free

verse: oh, can't you see. We're not alone here sometimes it just feels that way.
Until we find a place where we can rest.
and I see her standing in the dead of night, one more step and she's out of sight and I know, things will never be the same around here, oh no, things will never be the same.

chorus: She'll run, run, run
run, run, run to the open air
and she'll run, run, run to the welcome sky
just to feel free
free

Discography

'Back To Innocence' Lebec charted #20 on the Adult Eclectic Panel for New Age Radio

'Possible Dreams' solo piano released 2008, charted #14 on the NAR radio charts

"Hold Me" streaming on Pandora.
"Never Be The Same" streaming on statelite radio
"Possible Dreams" Playing on WMNR
'Post Pop Federation' EP release with Mike Lindup
'Tabitha Plays Billich' first instrumental album

Set List

My sets are usually 80 mins long.
Little deaths
Beautiful, Lovely, World
Never Be The Same
Caught Up being Blue
Hard to Say Goodbye
Cruel Sweet Water
Hold Me
Little Miss Understood
Breathing Still
No Ordinary Day
Before awakening
Here Comes The day
Possible Dreams
Behold
Caught Up being Blue