on 9 November 2013
Way back in 2006 I was mesmerised by Lisbee when she performed "Follow" to a small audience of members of the UK Scout Association. This was a small preview of her appearance at the O2 in London for the Live07 event to commemorate the centenary of Scouting in 2007.
Later that year this talented musician attended two special dinner events in West Yorkshire and her vocals held everybody in awe.
Lisbee Stainton has continued to develop her amazing talents and each album offers both fresh visions along with revisiting old friends.
"Follow" will always rank highest in my personal favourites, but "Red Dog Running" from this new album, "Word Games", has confirmed to me that I'll never grow weary of turning to her music to be uplifted.
If you can't manage to see Lisbee performing live then I'd recommend that you buy the albums, find a nice quiet room without distractions, sit back and enjoy!
on 31 January 2014
Lisbee's third album is well recorded and has many excellent performances from Lisbee, Seth Lakeman and their cohorts. I have both her previous albums which are very good but I think that this is her most consistent album yet. Lisbee has a beautiful voice and it comes across very well here. Highlights for me are the Opener 'Red Dog Running', Eloise and Madron's Well. I'm glad I bought this CD.
on 20 April 2014
At last it is possible to get hold of a great selection of powerful songs from the extremely talented and determined Scosha. I feel lucky enough to have been able to listen to a number of the tracks contained in ‘Chapters’ ahead of the album being compiled. To me it could almost be a ‘greatest hits’ as I am so familiar with most of them. Scosha’s songwriting is a joy to hear, nothing bland and meaningless, these lyrics are from the heart and I believe will prove to be very inspirational for many people. The opening track, ‘I’m OK’ was judged to be so good that she was able to scoop a Scottish New Music Award for ‘Pop Recording Of The Year’ for it in 2012. It was at the awards ceremony that I first saw her perform live, and was most impressed, and her obvious joy when picking up the award was very infectious. Later in the year I was privileged to be able to interview her on-air twice, she is such a joy to speak to and clearly extremely passionate about her music. It was even more of a privilege when I spoke to her later during a 24 hour show that I was presenting, she had just e-mailed a newly finished track to me and I was able to give ‘Let Go’ its first airplay after ending the call. Although there may be a common theme linking many of the songs – her self belief and determination to take control of her own life – the songs certainly don’t all sound the same. Each is masterfully crafted and has its own distinctive sound. ‘Just A Boy’ is fun up-beat number (check out the truly inspired video), ‘S*** You Talk’ is an out and out angry rocker, ‘Pray For Time’ an emotive anthemic ballad, and ‘Hollywood’ an acoustic homage to Los Angeles.
All going to plan Scosha will be taking herself to LA soon and seeking to entrance American audiences. I look forward to following her progress out there and absolutely wish her every success. With distinctive looks and voice to complement her meaningful lyrics and tight instrumentation I have every faith in her, and make no apologies for being so enthusiastic about this release. In the meantime I will continue to listen to ‘Chapters’ and do my best to encourage others to check it out.