Following her critically acclaimed third studio album, “My Wild West,” Elisabeth Maurus, known as Lissie, just released a live acoustic album recorded in London, “Live at Union Chapel.” Get to know Lissie and the down-to-earth Midwestern roots behind her music.
She grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, singing and using music to help her work through her feelings. Being cast in a local musical fed her passion to perform. Meet Lissie’s family and hear from her community, including the teacher who lifted her up when she needed it most.
Lissie moved to L.A. and got a record deal. Her commitment to always being herself helped shape the music, and led to a songwriting breakthrough that would become “My Wild West.” She’s back in the Midwest near family now, where being true to herself is still what matters most.
“I’d like to be successful in my music, but it’s about more than that … it’s about figuring out my purpose for being on this planet.” — Lissie
Following her critically acclaimed third studio album, “My Wild West,” Elisabeth Maurus, known as Lissie, released a live acoustic album, “Live at Union Chapel,” in September 2016.
“Live at Union Chapel” features 13 solo acoustic songs recorded at Lissie’s Union Chapel show in London last year. Fans can stream the album in full on Billboard. It’s also available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.
Released in early 2016, “My Wild West” serves as fitting tribute to Lissie's life in California; from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter, to leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured. The album represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie's Midwestern roots. “My Wild West” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Album chart.
One of Lissie’s most powerful tracks on the album, “Daughters,” is a pro-feminist call-to-arms that took its cue from Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, subject of the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”
In March, Lissie partnered with charity: water in support of International Women’s Day to raise awareness surrounding the nonprofit’s mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. She released a pay-what-you-want download of “Daughters,” which raised more than $4,500 for clean water projects. She performed the song on CNN International to spread word of the cause.
Lissie's two previous albums, “Catching a Tiger” and “Back to Forever,” both scored in the Top 20 of the U.K. charts and Top 5 in Norway, the former going gold in both countries. The two releases hit the Top 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, charted on the U.S. Folk tally, and went Top 40 on the Indie chart. Her songs have been licensed for countless films and TV shows. “The Longest Road,” a song she wrote with DJ Morgan Page, was subsequently remixed by Deadmau5 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Remixed Record.
With a career that has seen her open for renowned artists like Lenny Kravitz (an early supporter) and Tom Petty, and asked to perform at Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's wedding, Lissie has a wealth of incredible experiences that have made her the confident and determined artist she is today.