lisa turner

lisa turner

 Glendale, California, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Lisa plays what might be described as acoustic celtic-tinged power folk-rock.

Biography


2009, Dec. - Premium Showcase @ Far West/Folk Alliance Conference in Irvine, California

2007 - Sedona Jam selected performer

Finalist - 2006 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition, Richardson, Texas

Winner - 2004 Performing Songwriters Boot Camp" Competition at Highland Grounds in Hollywood.

Lisa Turner always brings down the house wherever she appears. She plays what might be described as Celtic-tinged acoustic power folk-rock. Her songs are revealing and deeply personal, yet easy to relate to. Lisa is right in the vanguard of the new generation of female songwriters who not only sing, but have taken the time to master their instrument as well (in her case, the guitar). She's got a clean, pure, agile voice reminiscent of Shawn Colvin, and that, coupled with some smokin' tight guitar licks, makes her a very compelling act to watch onstage. Paul Anderson of the LA Times said, "Her crystal-clear voice will make your head turn. And once you hear her folk-based songs, you're hooked..."

In 2003, Lisa Turner created quite a stir in the Hollywood area winning the inaugural "Performing Songwriters Boot Camp" Competition at Highland Grounds in Hollywood. This year, she was one of 10 finalists at the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. She was recently selected as one of 20 performers at the inaugural Sedona Jam Emerging Artists Festival in Sedona, Arizona. She was awarded one of the highly sought after Premium Showcase at the Far West/Folk Alliance Conference in Dec. of 2009.

Her pulsing guitar, her Melissa Ethridge meets Sarah McLachlin vocal delivery, and her distinctive, very long and thick blonde hair get her noticed whenever and wherever she performs. Influenced by "all the music that ever touched me", she cites Patti Griffin, the Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Bob Seeger, and Shawn Colvin as some of her favorite songwriters.

Lisa Turner delivers smartly crafted songs in a variety of colors and textures in plainspoken stories and with honesty and depth of emotion. Moving songs of loss and heartbreak. Songs that remind us it's the simple things that matter most. Songs that tell us to open our hearts and love.

Paul Anderson of the LA Times said, "Her crystal-clear voice will make your head turn. And once you hear her folk-based songs, you're hooked..." In 2003, Lisa created quite a stir in the Hollywood area winning the inaugural "Performing Songwriters Boot Camp" Competition at Highland Grounds in Hollywood. Her pulsing guitar, her Melissa Ethridge meets Sarah McLachlin vocal delivery, and her distinctive, very long and thick blonde hair get her noticed whenever and wherever she performs. Influenced by "all the music that ever touched me", she cites Patti Griffin, the Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Bob Seeger, and Shawn Colvin as some of her favorite songwriters. Lisa delivers smartly crafted songs in a variety of colors and textures in plainspoken stories and with honesty and depth of emotion. Moving songs of loss and heartbreak. Songs that remind us it's the simple things that matter most. Songs that tell us to open our hearts and love.

Lyrics

Carry Me Away

Written By: Lisa Turner

He walked right into my life
The way he leaned over caught my eye
My lonely heart sent out a cry
Carry me away
He put a song in my heart
Brought the world to my feet
Blessed my soul along the way to love’s redemption
And everything was like a fairytale
We laughed, we cried
We held each other, deep into our dreams
He looked right past the things
That I though made me fail
He picked me up, he lifted me
His arms they carried me
Carried me away, carried me away
He coaxed me out from underneath
Fifteen years of swallowed grief
Talked me up, made me believe
Carried me away
And all my life I had wanted this
To see my future in a kiss
I did not know it could end like this
Carry me away
And everything was a deception
Secrets he kept hidden safely, even from himself
Nowhere to run for my protection
I left that home, I’m on my own
No love, no tragedy – no
Carry me away, carry me away

Passion flowed like liquid fire
Tears defining ecstasy
But that emotion was a liar
Lust – carried me away, carried me away

700 Days

Written By: Lisa Turner

In the 700 days or so I’ve known you – I have opened up my heart and let you in

When I brought you in, you said that’s what you wanted

But you don’t want me, not the real me – I have learned

I have learned if I am quiet you won’t hate me

I have learned that there is always something wrong

I have learned that I have opened up too often

Now I don’t wonder why you never stay too long any more

I have learned if I am still beside the sea of love, and I don’t jump in

I may get a chance to swim , but only on your whim

And I am drowning, I am drowning, I am drowning in the longing to be free in love

To stretch my arms and kick my feet, to see you swimming back to me

But you don’t swim, no, you don’t swim, I have learned

And I don’t know what it means

When you say the words I love you

Because that is surely not the way it feels

You don’t love me, not the real me, I have learned

In the 700 days or so I’ve known you, you have closed up all the doors and locked me out

I have learned that it is only fear I battle

Because love scares you, terrifies you, fear will destroy you, crucify you
but I have learned - I HAVE LEARNED

That's Not Love

Written By: Lisa Turner

THAT’S NOT LOVE

When you rolled in, I was so taken by you
I saw a light in you that took my breath away
I felt so weak, and so strong, over and over
You turned me loose and inside out and every way
But that’s not love, that’s not love
That’s not love, well I don’t think that’s love
Is that love – tell me that’s not love
I had a dream I was a moth and you a candle
You drew me in with heat and light that kept me fed
But I flew too close, I got caught, too hot to handle
You burned my wings and left me spiraling for dead
But that’s not love, that’s not love
That’s not love, well I don’t think that’s love
Is that love – tell me that’s not love
Come on now, help me, help me
I can’t make like I don’t care
Why do you keep running through me
If she’s still there, I tell you that’s not love
Wrapped my wet hair in the towel that dried your body
I breathed your scent from the pillow where you’d been
Now I can’t eat, I don’t sleep well, torn and tired
Still feel you everywhere you touched me on my skin
But that’s not love, that’s not love
That’s not love, well I don’t think that’s love
Is that love – please don’t let it be
Because baby you’re not free

Rapunzel

Written By: Lisa Turner

RAPUNZEL
Summer settled in, a time for playing in the sun, feeling free
It was then my heart was mending from the time I spent in places bad for me
I had watched you from a distance in the springtime
Never had a hope that you could be – my love
Autumn leaves were changing, and we were trying to find a way to be together
But the timing wasn’t right, and decisions came and went like the weather
Minutes seemed like hours in your absence
To stay away from each other just made no sense to me
I wanted you to be my knight in shining armor
Have you take that dragon down
I’m Rapunzel in the tower, and
Only you can save me now
Winter came along and you were down so many days
And I was not so strong or understanding of your ways
You would stay away from me, and I would feel like dying
The love I feel inside for you is deep
Fragile and impatient, but it keeps me alive
Wanting you to be my knight in shining armor
And have you take that dragon down
I’m Rapunzel in the tower, and
Only you can save me now…

Discography

First Son, 10 songs, 1996
Red Jasper Sun, 15 songs, (Live) 2005

Set List

1. SET ME FREE

2. THE WIND

3. FIELD FULL OF STONES (WHITE)

4. THE ATTENTION

5. 700 DAYS

6. BREATHE

7. DID YOU FIND ME

8. YOU NEVER KNEW ME

9. THAT’S NOT LOVE

10. RAPUNZEL

11. CARRY ME AWAY

12. PEACE IN FORGIVENESS