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"Rockin' On Faith"

Rockin’ On Faith
‘I’m definitely in a Christian vein now,’ says Lisa Gallant Seal, a Steep Falls singer/songwriter who brings her convictions to her craft.
By Selena Ricks
Staff Writer

As a member of a Portland band in the mid-90’s, Lisa Gallant Seal wanted to sing like Bonnie Raitt, write songs like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and play guitar like Melissa Etheridge. These days the 43 year old singer/songwriter from Steep Falls has a new inspiration: Jesus Christ. “I’m still pretty rock, but I’m definitely in a Christian vein now than in the secular, “ she said. “It wasn’t my plan to sing Jesus songs, but then as I grew in Christ, I didn’t want to sing anything but.” Seal, who describes her music as “edgy” folk rock, will perform March 24 at St, Pius X Church in Portland, the concert is part of the Church’s “Souper Supper and Witness Wednesday” performance series to celebrate Lent every Wednesday this month. The East Wind Gospel Quartet performs this Wednesday. Each event begins with a free supper at 6p.m. and musical performances begin at 7p.m. Louis Philippe, music director at St. Pius, said the concert series offers a variety of religious music by performers of diverse denominations. This is the first year the church has hosted the event, which Philippe envisioned last year. “It’s all meant to inspire people to listen to a calling they might have,” he said, “to feel inspired and to act on it in faith.” During her performance, Seal may also give her testimony of how she was saved by Jesus Christ. Seal, who was raised in So Portland and Portland, said she was not religious in her youth. “I didn’t know any concept of God,” she recalled. “My 20’s were a mess…. I got clean and sober in ’88 …. But I still didn’t really know who God was.” In 1994, she formed a band, The Brotherhood Dogs, and they played venues from Maine to New York. Seal said the project improved her singing and songwriting abilities, and she had ambitious goals for the band. “My goal was to get signed to some kind of label that would back us financially and market us,” she recalled. “We were on the verge of that. We got looked at by some pretty influential A&R people”. Sometime between 1997 and 1998 Seal said, she discovered her Christian faith. But even then, the idea of singing Christian music hadn’t crossed her mind. “To me, it was all kind of sickly sweet, fluffy stuff,” Seal said of Christian music. “But I didn’t know what was out there as far as Christian rock.” Contemporary Christian rock continues to grow in popularity among mainstream audiences, with bands such as the hard rock group P.O.D. climbing both the mainstream rock and adult contemporary charts. In 2000, the Brotherhood Dogs disbanded and Seal decided to focus on Christian music. Seal said that although she has moved away from secular themes, her songwriting is still as gritty and raw as always. “I’m out there,” she said “I say it like it is as far as my faith and my hardships.” Seal will perform solo at St. Pius but she also plans future performances with a band to promote her upcoming CD, “The Journey”. Recorded live at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Portland, the album will be released on April 30th. Seal’s music can also be heard on WMSJ, Joy 89.3. A member of Crossroads Community Church in Standish, Seal is looking forward to going back on the road to promote her music again. “I think I’m stronger … and more at ease,” she said. “I’m well-received in the secular venues also, but I prefer to play this stuff to people who understand where I am coming from.”

Staff Writer Selena Ricks can be contacted at 791-6365
sricks@pressherald.com
- Portland Press Herald by Selena Ricks


Discography


Changing Direction EP 2013

Because of You (single) Studio 19 2010

Heaven's Friend (single) Studio 19 2010

Cinderella (single) 2010 produced/recorded by John Miller

Solo @ Studio 19 2006

The Journey Live@The Vineyard 2004

Flower - Bill Board World Song Contest
Honorable Mention 2000

The Brotherhood Dogs Live at Raoul's 1999

The Mind's Eye (Brotherhood Dogs) 1994

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Lisa Gallant Seal
Pop-based, Acoustic Rock
Christian Contemporary

Lisa Gallant Seal (born in Portland, Maine) is an American pop-based, folk-rock artist and music missionary. Gallant Seal first picked up the guitar at the age of eleven and began writing her own songs as an outlet which helped her deal with a troubled childhood. Not taking her music seriously until after getting clean and sober in 1988, Lisa formed a locally successful original band and named it The Brotherhood Dogs (1994-2002). After finding Christ in the mid nineties this artist gradually found her place in the Christian Contemporary Music arena.

Lisa carries a refreshingly new sound and image to CCM. This performer does not "fit the typical mold" of the female Christian Contemporary Music artist yet leaves her audience wanting more of what she brings to the stage; a passionate and transparent heart combined with an unbridled rock style energy. Along with appearances on larger concert stages, festivals and typical full band events, you will also find her continuing to relate and reach out to surrounding community audiences in smaller and more intimate venues as a solo artist and with her full band.

With her most recent EP release “Changing Direction” (2012), Lisa is moving ahead and gaining recognition while sharing the stage with notable performers including Switchfoot, Brandon Heath, NEEDT0BREATH, Peter Furler, Phil Joel, The Wrecking, Brian Gentry, Margaret Becker, Rita Springer and others.

"She is a blessing and a challenge for all of her listeners, a rare and sought after combination” Lisa has talent, integrity and an endless supply of courage to tell her story on her terms." Darren Elder/songwriter, drummer - The Wrecking

“Finally, a refreshing new sound in CCM.” Ken Marvin, Marvin and Gentry Nashville 2011

“I could listen to that voice all day. It has strength, power and pathos at the same time. I like it a lot.”
Gary Keffer -The Keffer’s

LGS†Music
Lisa Gallant Seal
Contemporary Christian Rock
www.lisagallantseal.com
lgs1@roadrunner.com