Lisa McCallum

Lisa McCallum

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandCountryFolk

Lisa McCallum's music is best described as a blend of country, folk and rock. She has an intimate acoustic sound that draws in the crowd while also being able to rock a room of listeners, enticing them to sing along. Her sound is real.

Biography

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 - www.murrahmusic.com) 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.
For a live performance video go to: http://www.rgaproductions.com/music/index.php?dir=Lisa+-+When+The+Lights+Go+down%2F

Lyrics

Better

Written By: Lisa McCallum

I have forgotten my best friend's birthday
I don't always make my bed
Every once in a while I show up late

I never finish any book I start
I can't seem to put down these cigarettes
I've never kept a single New Year's resolution
But I try to live life with no regrets

No, I'm not that good at staying in the lines
I pay my bills late but I always try not to judge anyone
I sleep in on Sundays when I should be at church
I drink diet coke but I never skip dessert
Like red wine - I'll get better with time

I open doors for strangers
I do my best to never tell a white lie
I may not call my parents as often as I should
But I count my blessings one at a time

No, I'm not that good at staying in the lines
I pay my bills late but I always try not to judge anyone
I can forgive but not always forget
I have my flaws but I do my best
Like red wine - I'll get better with, I'll get better with time

My love is pure and my emotions run deep
I haven't scratched the surface of the greater side of me
Like red wine - I'll get better with
I'll get better with, I'll get better with time

Simple

Written By: Lisa McCallum


Love letters on the mirror
Conversation over dinner
A kiss goodnight
A happy life

Sleeping in; Saturday morning
Coffee cup on the front porch
Laundry on the line
Watching your car come up the drive

I’m not saying - it’s always peaches and cream
Life is too short/ we can’t afford / to ever stop laughing

I - can find you in the dark
We don’t need- fireworks to see sparks
You - don’t have to wrap your words
In ribbons, and pearls – to be my world
It’s not complicated or overrated
If you want to see the glass half-full
It’s simple

You talk, I listen
Slow dancing in the kitchen
Butterflies
Ferris wheel rides

This ain’t Shakespeare - we don’t need drama
We take it in stride walking the line - one foot in front of the other

If life is a photo album to look back on – someday
We’ll take snapshots in our mind – of all the good times
That happen along the way

It’s not complicated or overrated
If you want to see the glass half-full
It’s simple

Girls Will Be Girls

Written By: Lisa McCallum, Neal Coty, Jimmy Melton


YESSIR…THAT’S RIGHT
SHE AIN’T BEING VERY LADYLIKE
BELLIED UP TO THE BAR LIKE ONE OF THE GUYS
CUTTING LOOSE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
RED WINE…NO WAY
IT’S MILLER ON TAP AND A SHOT OF JOSE
WORKS ALL DONE NOW IT’S TIME TO PLAY
IF THEY GO A LITTLE WILD HEY, WHAT CAN YOU SAY

GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS
SMOKE WHEN THEY DRINK…STAY OUT ALL NIGHT
SHOOT A LITTLE POOL…LOOK FOR A FIGHT
USE A GOOD LINE...MAKE A BAD CHOICE
HITTING ON ONE OF THEM BOYS BEING BOYS
EVEN IN A MANS WORLD…
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS

SOMEONE’S…BOYFRIEND
GOT CAUGHT WITH SOME SKANK AGAIN
SO THEY RAISE A GLASS AND SAY TO HELL WITH HIM
THERE’S OTHER FISH IN THE SEA LET THE FISHING AGAIN

GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS
SMOKE WHEN THEY DRINK…STAY OUT ALL NIGHT
SHOOT A LITTLE POOL…LOOK FOR A FIGHT
USE A GOOD LINE...MAKE A BAD CHOICE
HITTING ON ONE OF THEM BOYS BEING BOYS
EVEN IN A MANS WORLD…
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS

DON’T GET BETWEEN A WOMAN SCORNED
AND HER MARGARITA
SHE MIGH GO POSTAL ON YOU
DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU…

Chip On Her Shoulder

Written By: Lisa McCallum

She woke up this morning with a chip on her shoulder
Realized there's more to life than what he sold her
Went down to the kitchen, scraped her burnt toast in the sink
As the crumbs washed down the drain she felt the same way

She found those yellow photographs in the cellar
Taken the day she took his name back in 1977
Went up to the fireplace and got down on her knees
Struck a match and tore her past into tiny little pieces

Throw some fuel on the fire
Watch the flames grow higher
Stand back and watch the blaze
No need to cry - can't say she didn't try
She just - let it burn, let it burn, let it burn to the ground

Sticks and stones didn't break her bones but her soul was never free
Cause he'd tell her everyday how she was unworthy
She never thought it was abuse - not if it didn't leave a bruise but
He pushed her so far to the edge she had nothing left to lose

Chorus

Some say that she cried - truth is she didn't blink an eye
she just - let it burn, let it burn, let it burn to the ground

Walking home from school that day I saw the ashes smoulder
The day my Momma woke up with a chip on her shoulder

Chasing Whiskey

Written By: Lisa McCallum


Feeling a little like that tray full of ashes
A little put-out, worn out and used
I could get up from this kitchen table and dump them
Or I could go to bed again without you

Wish I could fill you like that tumbler
Wish you would remember the man you were
You used to chase me
Now you’re only chasing whiskey

Feeling a little like that TV you’re always watching
I’m here and I’m on and this ain’t no real life
I could cry and just let the tears fall on your work shirt like so many nights
Then you’ll forget how you made me feel by morning light

Wish I could fill you more than that tumbler
Wish you would remember the man you were
You used to chase me
Now you’re only chasing whiskey
Chasing whiskey
Chasing Whiskey

Repeat Chorus

Love Revival

Written By: Lisa McCallum, Josh Kear

We swore we’d be one through anything
I’d be there for you; you’d be there for me
But we’ve been drifting
But we’ve been drifting

Love used to be hotter than brimstone fire – ohhhhh
You set me singing like an angel choir - ohhhhhhh
Closer than two pages in a bible
We’re in need of a love revival
Amen sing it again – we’re in need of a love revival
Amen sing it again – we’re in need of a love revival

We could walk away; throw our hands up in the air
Or we can keep the faith knowing we still got a prayer
We’ll make it
You know we’ll make it

Discography

"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 (www.wordpeople.ca)
"Back In the Day" -Heartland

Set List

- Girls Will Be Girls
- Chip On Her Shoulder
- Better
- Simple
- Your Way Around A Woman
- Love Revival
- Chasing Whiskey
- Love Me Til the Cows Come Home
- Tumblin'
- Knockin' On Heaven's Door (cover)
- Free Fallin' (cover)
- The Aftermath