Lisa Yates
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Lisa Yates

Band Pop Adult Contemporary


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The best kept secret in music


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No records, other than a couple of years ago I put together a CD of 5 songs I'd written, all Christian contemporary songs.

One is kind of Bluesy, one has a twilight zone intro, one is sort of Bubble Gum Pop, one is a ballad, and one actually IS sort of praise and worship. Sooo I sent it out to my friends and family along with my Christmas cards that year. Got some positive feedback, and then got busy with my kids Musical.


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I LOVE words, I LOVE singing, I LOVE playing with phrasing and poetic license and thinking outside the box of cliches and expectations. But I also want to give the listener the comfort that comes from guessing whats coming next musically and surprising them too. Not sure that makes sense.

My Story? I'm a mom in Southern CA, I have FOUR Daughters - YES, DAUGHTERS! My life has pretty much revolved around them for the past 20 years, I now have two in college, one in elementary school one in Jr. High.

I was a music major in college with voice being my instrument. I HAD to take a year of piano though and fell in love with the instrument. But over the years (between babies) I've pretty much been self taught on the keys. I understand theory better than I can play the keys, but singing and songwriting are really my thing.

I used to sing in Church in a worship team but havent for several years now. I've taught piano and voice in my home as well as with a youth musical theater group, and last year after reading a book on pursuing your dreams I adapted a script from the book, added in songs from the 70' and 80's and along with two friends, formed a multi-cultural, youth musical theater group to perform the play. It met with a lot of good feedback and was an awesome experience.

Over the years I've always written songs, my kids always loved them and would say I should be on Star Search, American Idol....but I was a mom and just too busy (and too OLD for American Idol).

My plan is to go back to college and begin teaching next year, but before I do, I thought I'd give my songwriting another shot. So here I am, putting my heart, my soul, my voice, my WORDS - out there for the world to hear.

Oh a couple of years ago, my husband got sent to Iraq (Navy RESERVES - NOT regular Active Navy but RESERVES!)...we were all pretty broken up about it, but later I thought maybe he needed a break anyway, some "male bonding" time after soooo many years being surrounded by females (me and our 4 daughters)so he went over to Iraq to bond with the alpha males...he didnt quite see it that way, BUT he came back with a new lease on life. Since Iraq he's been extremely supportive of my music and has said he's just been waiting for me to go for it! Wish he'd said that 20 YEARS ago!! LOL

So thats me, in a nutshell, but the shell has MANY layers that cant be expressed in this limited space. I would LOVE to write for other singers who have the time to tour and share my music. Cheers, Lisa