Lisa Hewitt
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Lisa Hewitt


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"New mom Hewitt back on track with release of Fearless"

After 12 years in the music business, local singer, Lisa Hewitt, says her latest album is" a reflection of the knowldge" she has accumulated in that time. Hewitt burst out of the gates in the late 90's and quickly established herself as a performer and entertainer who could command the complete attention of an audience, whether at a rodeo dance, at a cabaret or in a concert setting. The gal with the big smile and even bigger voice came with the kind of work ethic that served her, and her fans and promoters, well. She received solid support from local and regional radio, and a couple of years ago, CMT producers were impressed enough with Hewitt's talent and lens appeal to give her a featured role in a reality series called "Plucked". Not long afterward, Hewitt decided it was time to start a family with husband, Rob. Schedules changed once baby Abigail was born. Time during the pregnancy was used to write, find new material for a third album and record tracks for what would be titled "Fearless". "I was fortunate that I was able to perform right up until two weeks before our daughter was born, so we were able to road-test some of the material we were considering for the album", says Hewitt, who is now back to performing. Last week, she hosted the Global Country Rising Star Gala and two weeks before that, she was headliner at The St.Albert Rodeo. Tonight, Hewitt and her band officially release the "Fearless" disc at The Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan. The lead track, "Better in Texas", already sits at No.3 on the CFCW Canadian chart. Then there's "Starting All Over Again". When we performed that song a couple of years ago at "Taste of Chicago", when we were sent there by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, it got an incredible response," adds Hewitt, who was just appointed as an ambassador for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. As for the concert this evening, Hewitt will invite a number of guests onto the Dow Stage, including Duane Steele and Joyce Smith, as she runs through two sets of material.

July 16, 2009
- Peter North Edmonton Journal June 2009



2009 - Fearless
2007 - The Road I Chose
2002 - Lisa Hewitt


2009: Better in Texas
2009: Too Used to Loving You




*2009-Current - The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Prairies/NWT) Ambassador/Spokesperson; The title track of Lisa's new album, "Fearless", is the new theme for the CBCF
*2005 CCMA Independent Female Artist of the Year
*2005 CCMA Rising Star Nominee
*2005/2006 Canadian Music Week Nominee for Independent Country Award
*2006 CCMA Nominee for Independent Female Artist of the Year
*2006/2007- feature artist on CMT series “Plucked”
*2008 Nominee for Mommy of the Year (voted on by my family!)

What do you get when you combine an impressive amount of radio airplay with rave reviews of live shows, plus a stream of equally adoring accolades from influential members of the country music industry, and a string of bookings that range from high profile dates in Europe and Las Vegas to major summer festivals on the Canadian country circuit? You get a short but focused summary of what rising country star, Lisa Hewitt, has been able to accomplish in the world of country music. Hewitt understands exactly who she is, what her strengths are and knows where her passions lay. Couple that strong personality with a great voice, and a natural feel for entertaining and performing, and it’s no wonder the Saskatchewan born and raised artist, who has called Edmonton home for over a decade, was able to begin charting a course that has only known a sky bound curve.
In the blink of an eye Hewitt was being booked for engagements at the Calgary Stampede (The Stampede Grandstand, The Nashville North Tent, The Westin, The Petroleum Club, and various downtown breakfast events and clubs), The Canadian Finals Rodeo, The National Finals Rodeo, CCMA Showcases, ARIA award show performances, The Closing Ceremonies performance at the World Games 2001, the CFCW stage at Edmonton’s Klondike Days, radio listener appreciation events, concerts sponsored by Global Country, various rodeos, and major country music festivals, and a number of charity functions. It was at so many of those live shows that fans and members of the industry immediately recognized she’s the complete package. Her radiant smile and obvious good looks can be magnified by a delivery that is sometimes sassy and seductive. On the flip side she can draw an audience in with passionate reading of ballad that reveals a vulnerable individual who wears her heart on her sleeve. Like tunes found on her debut and sophomore discs, Hewitt continues to mine songs that are multi-dimensional and she sings every one of them like she’s lived every line. “I started performing in the summer of ’97 and have now played over 2000 shows. The shows ranged from five hours a night in the smokiest nightclubs, to concert sets on festival stages. There was no better education for me than that! It helped me understand the physical, emotional, psychological demands that the business of music insists you meet,” says the independent artist who has learned every aspect of the business including booking, creating and developing a show, and taking care of all the logistics involved in everything from travel to recording. The common denominator in the print reviews of Hewitt shows, focus on the fact that she’s such a dynamic and energetic performer who puts everything she’s got into every set. That is why renowned venues like The Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino invited Lisa to perform for 6 consecutive years running during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Who better to express Lisa’s magic and ability to keep a hold on an audience than the man who pays the bills at the Barbary Coast. “In my opinion this is one of the hardest working and best sounding acts we have playing in our hotel. There is no limit to what Lisa Hewitt can do…….working with her, makes my job much easier,” says Darren Dinga, the entertainment director (2006) at the Barbary Coast. For folks who have been hit by the sound of Hewitt’s personality via a tune on the radio, that introduction invariably leads them to seek out the charming and approachable entertainer in a live setting. In turn, it is also the live performance that wins the hearts of the people as they connect with such a sincere talent, drawing them to the albums that she has recorded.
“Country music tends to focus on very ‘human’ subject matter which audiences connect with and relate to. Fans appreciate it when they can get close to an artist they enjoy and support. As a person and performer I wear my heart on my sleeve and there is no pretense involved. To take the stage night after night and choose to be anything other than”Lisa”, would simply create additional work. So I choose just to be me. Being real and approachable has allowed me to develop a wonderful international fan base,” states Hewitt without the slightest hesitation.
To date, Lisa has shared the festival stages with some of country music’s most awarded and recognized entertainers, such as, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Trisha Y