Lisa Lauren Smith

Lisa Lauren Smith

BandRockR&B

Pop/Rock/Alternative R&B. We open with a "BANG" and close with a "WOW". Lisa Lauren Smith, is an artist that will always leave you wanting more!

Biography

Performing her original songs non-stop since the release of her album debut, Lisa Lauren Smith's deadly combination of raw talent and enormous ambition is sure to make waves in the ever-fluctuating music world. Currently she is writing for her second album and Christian Rock debut “Redemption” and performing regularly in the Midwest area. This year, she has been featured this year in Venus Diva Magazine, “Conversations With Theo” on TV 33 Comcast/88.1 FM, and “A Funk Above The Rest” online radio show and broadcast for her popular single “Rock Steady”. “Rock Steady” has been recently reviewed in The Music Connection Magazine, and is still receiving great ratings amongst her fans and fellow musicians.

Being highly influenced by pop/rock bands of the 80’s, 90’s and now, Lisa Lauren Smith has created a blend of musical composition that, by some, has been described as "On Fire!”. Her vocal arrangements, help cultivate an image all her own and has built an audience that shares her same love and for Pop/Rock/Alternative and Christian Contemporary Styles.

Born April 3 in Detroit, MI, she is the daughter of Earl P Smith, a retired electrician and Barbara Jean Jacobs, a retired music teacher, jazz and opera singer. Having one younger brother, Robert, the two children were exposed to the life of music and live performance at a very young age. Weekends often times brought the babysitter to care for the two, while dad managed mom’s career as a professional jazz and contemporary vocalist. Both children would watch and listen as their mother rehearsed weekly with her band at the local church. It was during that same time when she and her brother would attend Operas and Choral Concerts, where their mother would shine on stage not only as a singer, but an actress as well. These are the influences that she believes caused her to serenade an entire airplane cabin at the age of four. After her unexpected [aisle] performance of the Broadway tune “Tomorrow”, 4 year old Lisa took a bow. “That’s when I knew…”, says the mother of the songstress. Since then, Lisa has grown into becoming one of the versatile vocalists of her city as well as her generation.

A natural born performer, the Detroit native started playing piano at an early age and later moved on to violin and French horn. By age 12, she formed her first group. “Trak 3” consisted of three members, Chinelo Amen-ra as a rapper, Erica Henton who was another rapper in the group and herself, who took the position of being a third rapper, songwriter and singer for the hooks. This was Lisa’s first venture as a recording artist, and still being in grade school, she was the most excited. However, the group eventually dissolved as a result of inexperienced management. Lisa continued singing as a local hire for weddings, funerals and other family events. As a teenager, she attended The Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, also home to late recording artist Aaliyah, where she was trained in live performance as a musician and an artist.
It was here where she played in Jazz Band, Symphony Band and String Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Quick. Mr. Quick would prepare Lisa and the many others like her for competitive and live performance programs. Lisa, won awards in classical piano, string ensemble, festival and district competition. She also participated in marching band where she traded in her French horn for a mellophone. “Those were the best four years of my life”, she says while reminiscing. As a result of the rigorous 10 hour days required of each student for academic and creative study, Lisa graduated with honors and was ready to begin her career.

Soon after graduation, Lisa became lead singer for "Galaxy", a band whose eclectic mix of Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B turned them into Detroit local favorites among the live band scene. The band’s energy was endorsed by many fans who were the reason they were hired to play at popular Detroit establishments such as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, The Olympia Restaurant and Hart Plaza just to name a few. Their audience spanned from young hip hop listeners to die hard jazz heads. Their ability to perform tracks by Artists such as Mobb Deep and Jay-Z on live instruments made them a favorite on the 21 and up club scene. As the band grew more and more popular, the group grew more apart. Galaxy eventually went their separate ways to live their own individual lives and Lisa found herself wanting, once again.

In 2003, she packed her belongings, sold her car and used the money for relocation to Los Angeles, California. There, she worked three years singing with local bands, and writing hooks for aspiring rap artists. Lisa grew tired of not having her own original material and began working on her first solo project. “Rock Steady” was born. Now completed, the finished product “Rock Steady” is the sum of the years leading up to her creative ascent with a vibe that is commercial and fun.

Lyrics

Rock Steady

Written By: Lisa Lauren Smith

Rock Steady - Lyrics

(Verse 1)
You and me were so meant to be
That’s what I said once happily, oh Baby
Spoken – Yeah your charm got me real good, made sure your game was tight huh
But you turned into misery
Had me drowning in memories, you hate me
Spoken – Oh, that’s alright I played the fool once, it ain’t happenin’ again

Now Im free
Not trippin off you or me
Gonna live my life
Steady Rockin and doin’ me all the way live

(Chorus)
Rock Steady
Rock, Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock, Rock Steady
Leave all my cares behind
And let my music ease my mind
Rock Steady
Rock, Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock, Rock Steady
Leave all my cares behind
And let my music ease my mind

(Verse2)
Now I come out of misery
One or two new friends maybe three to celebrate me
Spoken – and they all fine too (Laugh)
Word is you are so missin me
I just laugh and don’t feel sorry, baby
Spoken – Uh, I sent you some Kleenex, you’ll be alright

Now Im free
Not trippin off you or me
Gonna live my life
Steady rockin and doin me, all the way life

(Repeat Chorus Here)

Spoken – But you know like I said
You dead weight to be lost, Im not trippin
Oh, what, the new girls givin you some problems,
So I heard, they say that you all sad and everything
But dig this, you had a good thing you walked away from it
Oh what that baby’s she’s got is not yours
Im sorry, huh, I’ll pray for you

Im not trippin
I know what you’re missin
Its cool cause im making
Some new connections
You know that Im on your mind
You know I was one of a kind

Im not trippin
I know what you’re missin
Its cool cause im making
Some new connections
You know that Im on your mind
You know I was one of a kind

Ooooh, oh – oh um yeah yeah (ad-lib)

Chorus
Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Leave all my cares behind
And let my music ease my mind
Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
Rock Rock Steady
(repeat until close)

AdLib

Feel the rock
Rock Rock Steady yeah, yeah a’

Rock Steady - Song Credits

Executive Producers - Earl and Barbara Smith
All Vocals Produced by Lisa Lauren Smith, Jesse Jonhson
Lead and Background Vocals and lyrics written and arranged by Lisa Lauren Smith
Lead Vocal performed by Lisa Lauren Smith
Background Vocals Performed by Sueann Carwell
Track and Instrumental Music, written, arranged, produced and performed by Jesse Johnson
Recorded in Lake Balboa, California at Jesse Johnson Studios
Mixed and Engineered by Jesse Johnson
Co-Mixed and Mastered in Eastpointe, MI by Greg Reilly at The Disc Recording Studio,
Published by Lisa Lauren Smith (BMI)
Courtesy of Manchester Records
Copyright, 2007

Soul Lies

Written By: Lisa Lauren Smith

Soul Lies – Lyrics

(Verse1)
Thank you for the gifts the call and the fun
I wish that could give my love to the one
Who oughta be my heart but that cant be done
My soul is for you
Time and time I try to make it the truth
The thoughts I share in prayer I share them with you
Cause im confused at times and life is no prize
I long to be true
Maker breaker tell me what is the plan
Time is running out, still aint got no man
Squeezin pennies out of junk in my hand
Im lost and need you to break these

(chorus)
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Lies

(Verse2)
Crying dying trying to tell them my way
Its you that understands and wont let me stray
Believing is a system in churches today
I ask and get no answers just weak religious banter
Its time I trust my words, my hearts in the way
I wanna kill the feeling of anguish today
Its great to be a winner and always obey
Don’t want to be a sinner its time to break these evil

(chorus)
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Lies

(spoken)
I try and I think, dear god please make a way
(sing)
Im soul lying my life away
(spoken)
Im dreaming of falling stars, paths that are so bizarre in the way please don’t let me stray

Guitar solo

(chorus)
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Li--------------------------------es
Soul Lies
(repeat until close)

(spoken)
Im lost in love
Thinking of all my ways
Need a path, now I need
Let it show the way

Soul Lies – Song Credits

Executive Producers - Earl and Barbara Smith
All Vocals Produced by Lisa Lauren Smith, Jesse Jonhson
Lead and Background Vocals/Lyrics written, arranged and performed by Lisa Lauren Smith
Assisted Background Vocals Performed by Sueann Carwell
Track and Instrumental Music, written, arranged, produced and performed by Jesse Johnson
Recorded in Lake Balboa, California at Jesse Johnson Studios
Mixed and Engineered by Jesse Johnson
Co-Mixed and Mastered in Eastpointe, MI by Greg Reilly at The Disc Recording Studio,
Published by Lisa Lauren Smith (BMI)
Courtesy of Manchester Records
2007 Copyright

Repentance

Written By: Lisa Lauren Smith - BMI

Verse 1

My heart is open,
Im on the floor,
I hear the knocking but I dont open the door,
I feel your presence,
It makes me cry
Help me lord I need you now,

Verse 2

It's like a covering,
Your precious blood,
So full of mercy and so full of compassion,
I am forgiven,
and I am loved,
I repent because I know.....

Chorus (2X)
Repentance is the way I clear my heart from sin,
My heart is open and I want you to come in,
Forgive me lord for all my wrongs and shortcomings,

Verse 3

I wanna know you,
Dont wanna die,
Dont wanna live unless I have you in my life,
I know Im wrong,
Please make me right,
Help me lord I need you now,

Verse 4

There is no difference,
In this or that,
If it dont follow you then I know that it's bad,
We're in this world,
But not of it,
Save me now Im born in sin, yeah....

Chorus (2X)
Close

Fly Away

Written By: Lisa Lauren Smith/Jesse Johnson

Fly Away – Lyrics

(Intro with Background vocals)

(Verse1)
Fly away to heaven
Sore high above the sky
Sweet nights and blissful dreams
Freedoms lullaby

(chorus)
Fly away to my dreams
Fly away to love supreme

(Verse2)
Get lost in pink raindrops
A candyland of lollipops
Shore lights, a beach cool breeze
A blue lake serenity

(chorus)
Fly away to my dreams
Fly away to love supreme

(Bridge)
Butterflies and heart shaped doves
Willow trees blue clouds above

(chorus)
Fly away to my dreams
Fly away to love supreme

Guitar solo

(bridge 2)
Sip sweet green tea on a cloud of whipped cream
Sing melodies from your heart and fly

(ad-libs over background vocals)

(chorus)
Fly away to my dreams
Fly away to love supreme

(repeat until close)

Fly Away - Song Credits

Executive Producers - Earl and Barbara Smith
Lead and Background Vocals and lyrics written and arranged by Lisa Lauren Smith
Background vocals co-produced and arranged by Jesse Johnson
Lead Vocals performed by Lisa Lauren Smith
Background Vocals Performed by Sueann Carwell
Track and Instrumental Music, written, arranged, produced and performed by Jesse Johnson
Recorded in Lake Balboa, California at Jesse Johnson Studios
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Johnson
Published by Lisa Lauren Smith (BMI)
Courtesy of Manchester Records
Copyright, 2007

Discography

Album Debut - Rock Steady
Album Release - Redemption
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Set List

Originals

Rock Steady
Sometime
Delilah
Fly Away
Check Yo'Self
Soul Lies
Repentance
Love Is
Severed
Season To Love
Sacred Pink

Covers
Covers are chosen depending upon the audience demographic. Artist we've been known to cover range from U2, Avril Lavigne, Evanescence, Zeppelin and Sixpence None The Richer to Rock versions of Amazing Grace and Just A Closer Walk With Thee