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Lisa McCallum

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF | AFM

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF | AFM
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"Armiger Sets Chart Record"

October 26, 2009 | Sarah Skates | Comments 0 Print This Post

Cold River Records' Katie Armiger with WLLX's Dan Hollander, following her recent Country Cafe performance at the station.

Katie Armiger’s single “Trail of Lies” recently landed at No. 19 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart, making her the highest charting independent female of 2009. The song is from her second album, Believe, on Cold River Records. Now she is working the charts with the follow-up single “Gone.”

Armiger, who co-wrote “Trail of Lies” with Lisa McCallum and Quinn Loggins, has set records on the MusicRow chart before. Her 2007 debut single “17 In Abilene” peaked at No. 22, making it the highest charting debut for a solo independent artist since 2003.

She was also the first artist chosen for the just launched “Fresh Catch” segment on Premiere Radio Network’s After MidNite With Blair Garner.

Armiger has been working on her third album with several well known Nashville songwriters and it is expected to be released early next year.
- MUSIC ROW: Nashville's Music Industry Publication

"Lisa McCallum - Dominating Nashville"

As soon as she graduated from Humber College, Lisa McCallum packed her bags and headed to the birthplace of country music.

After less than two years in Nashville, Tennessee, the Oakville native has signed a writing deal with Roger Murrah's Castle Street Music Inc., a record company that works with country music stars like Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Sarah Evans.

"It was overwhelming," McCallum, 24, told The Oakville Beaver of her recent signing.

"They sat down with me and just said they'd like to offer me a writing deal. I was very excited. It kind of didn't feel real, because it was something I'd been trying for a year and a half."

It may have seemed like a long wait, but compared to most artists, McCallum is ahead of the game.

"They say it's a five-year town here. It takes, on average, that long to sign a deal, so I feel really blessed that I made it in such a short time."

McCallum got noticed because of a well-written e-mail that caught the eye of company vice-president Lisa Murrah.

"I just said I was from Canada, and I'd love to come by and play them some of my songs," McCallum said. "I told them I was visiting presently - they make time for you because they think you might have to leave next week.

"It's one of the tricks from around here, say that and you can get yourself in," she added, laughing.

Murrah's Vice-president, Creative, Dan Hodges began meeting with McCallum, and after about three months, they inked a deal.

"Lisa is a tremendous talent, and we're excited that she's decided to become a part of our team," said Murrah's Senior Vice-President, Paul Compton.

Murrah's is an independent company that began 17 years ago and has since built a reputation for producing quality work and artists.

McCallum one day hopes to sign a record deal and sing her own tunes, but for now, she's focused on writing for others.

"I just want to have a lot of cuts on the radio with major country artists," she said. "That's the goal."

In the early stages with Murrah's, she's writing mainly for new artists looking for songs to break into the industry.

"I love it. I just write songs every day, I try to come up with songs every day," she said, noting her inspiration comes from, "Anywhere. It could be from just reading books and movies or just watching people, that kind of thing."

She's also "doing the artist thing" on the side, playing gigs in various venues in Nashville - and hoping she'll get another break in the future.

"My whole plan was to come here, write songs and get a record deal eventually," McCallum said.

"If you want to go for something, just go for it 100 per cent, and you're bound to get it at some point."

McCallum describes her style as new country mixed with a bit of folk. She began writing at age 13, and has been singing her whole life.

A graduate of Humber College's jazz, vocal performance program, she recognizes most kids growing up gravitate towards pop music as opposed to country, but she was drawn to it.

"In high school I just started for some reason watching CMT (Country Music Television) and I just liked it, and I thought I could sing it really well," she said.

The White Oaks Secondary School grad had a musician friend named Victoria Banks who moved to Nashville eight years earlier. She encouraged McCallum to give it a try.

"She kind of guided me," McCallum said. "I had no idea how hard it would be or anything, which is good, because maybe I would have turned around.

"Once I got here, I just knew that I had to stick it out. I feel like it's out of persistence that these things happen, so you just have to keep going for it." - By Krissie Rutherford, The Oakville Beaver, Arts & Entertainment - Aug 29, 2007

"Katie Armiger "Believe" Review"

“Trail Of Lies” is another strong song written by Armiger with Quinn Loggins and Lisa McCallum. With a bluesy vocal delivery, Katie sings about being weary about a lying man. - Roughstock written by: Matt Bjorke

"Tin Pan South review- Lisa McCallum, Lauren Lucas, Stephanie Chapman, Michelle Wright"

Fantastic Show! 5 stars
Reviewer: Jessica Logen from Louisville, KY
What a steller show. I come to Tin Pan South every year and am always excited to check out the new talent. This show really blew me away - not only can those ladies sing, but they can write! Particularly, Lisa McCallum left the audience wanting more with her beautiful intimate, acoustic sound. I will be back next year for sure!

"Review - Warfle Weekly Newsletter - Nashville, TN"

Hey everyone, you need to do yourself a favor and check out an awesome songwriter/artist, Lisa McCallum, at . I first saw Lisa perform a couple of years ago right here in Nashville, and she totally got my attention with her outstanding talent and her songs. And the thing that blows me away about Lisa is that every time I see her, she is somehow even better than before. I see over 400 shows each year, and I have never seen another writer continuously “top” themselves. Don’t know how she does it! - Jeff Warfle


"Trail Of Lies" - Katie Armiger Single
"Hard to Be So Easy" - Jeff Ross
"Love Me Til The Cows Come Home" - Brittany Broadie
"Real As Leather" - Donna Ferra
"People" - Word People (
"Back In the Day" -Heartland



Sweet, soulful, passionate, and at times capable of pushing the listener to the brink of tears… These are a small sampling of the ways in which the music of Lisa McCallum has been described.

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Lisa has grown into a breathtakingly talented Country songwriter and artist. Her rare blend of profound emotional introspection and genuine country charm have made her a promising performer worthy of the current industry buzz surrounding her.

Lisa wrote her first song at the age of 14, performing the song at a church coffee house; the overwhelming response has kept her singing and writing ever since. While in high school, Lisa joined the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and went on to graduate from Humber College with a diploma in Jazz Performance. While competing in Canadian Idol, Lisa finished in the Top 100 out of over 15,000 participants in 2004. She has honed her considerable talents in the intervening years by performing extensively throughout the Toronto and Nashville Country singer-songwriter scenes.

Formerly signed as a staff writer to Murrah Music (founded by Roger Murrah - in Nashville, TN, Lisa has had the opportunity to write with some of country music’s top writers, including Steven Dale Jones (“One More Day” – Diamond Rio), Neal Coty ( “She Was” -Mark Chesnutt) Josh Kear (“Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood), Heather Little (“Gunpowder And Lead” – Miranda Lambert), as well as Michelle Wright, Gilles Goddard, and Bonnie Baker. Lisa has most recently written for the likes of Dianna Corcoran (Female Artist of the Year winner at the Country Music Awards of Australia), Canadian Artists’ Donna Ferra and Brittany Broadie, and Katie Armiger, penning the single “Trail of Lies” which broke records for Katie's career by breaking the Top 20 on both Country radio as well as the GAC top 20 video countdown. Lisa also co-wrote, "Back In the Day" with Heartland, which will soon be released.

Lisa was a part of, "6 Chix", a live concert featuring Nashville's up-and-coming singer/songwriters, where her song, "Girls Will Be Girls" was the show's theme song.

As well, Lisa was asked to take part in the Second Annual Songwriter's Evening at Fallsivew Casino, sponsored by ASCAP, sharing the spotlight with Kelley Lovelace ("Don't Foget To Remember Me" - Carrie Underwood), J.D. Souther ("Heartace Tonight" - The Eagles), and Steve Diamond (" I Can Love You Like That" - John Michael Montgomery/All-4-One).

With the undeniable talent, passion, and drive of this striking twenty-five year old, it is easy to see how Lisa McCallum is only just beginning what will undoubtedly be a long and illustrious career as one of Nashville’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters.
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