This episode features a chat with Lisa Crawley, a Melbourne-based Kiwi-born singer/songwriter. Lisa’s enthusiasm for music is part of her story; that might seem obvious to say with a musician, but what I mean – and what has always been an important part of her story to me – is that she will turn for the gig: almost any gig! She’s been (and continues to be) a wedding singer, a backing singer, a tutor, songwriter-for-hire; she’s there in the background transcribing for people, or turning up to sing an ad-jingle. She’s there on the stage opening for John Mayer or Paul Weller, Simply Red or Jools Holland. And she is busy writing and releasing her own music too.
I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s music – particularly her most recent EP and second album, but even the debut full-lengther showed a promise, had her marked as someone to keep up with, to continue to listen to.
We’ve had a couple of conversations over the years but this was by far the longest and we got into some interesting discussions – not just about her music and her timeline but also looking at some of the challenges she’s faced and continues to face as a self-managed independent artist. The cruelty of hoping for radio airplay, the dedication required to turn up and always hope that the half-opportunity becomes the next big thing…
She was inspiring to talk with and I hope you enjoy this conversation. And check out her music if you’re interested. You’ll hear a couple of teasers during the show.
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