Townsville singer-songwriter Lisa Richards will celebrate the release of her latest single, Pebble in a Slingshot, with a pair of hometown shows.
The new single is the first from Lisa’s 8th album, Waiting to Fly, which she wrote, recorded, and produced from her home studio during the Covid lockdowns.
Lisa says the pandemic taught her to follow her gut instinct throughout the creative process.
“I am quite a reflective person,” says Lisa.
“Pebble in a Slingshot is about never really knowing where I am going but I have learnt to trust the process.
“I love the idea of launching into space. When I sing, and when I am creating freely, I really do feel like I am just soaring through space. That is where it came from, and it became one of the songs that got recorded.”
Fierce and Bright against the Pandemic
Lisa returned to Australia from America in late 2019 as the first rumblings of a pandemic were sounding. The lockdowns became an opportunity for Lisa to establish her own music studio Fierce and Bright Music and dive head-first into producing.
“I had never thought I’d be able to record and produce my own work, because I believed I didn’t have the skills,” Lisa says.
“I didn’t have the magic, I didn’t know anything about arranging, I didn’t know anything about recording.
“During the pandemic I found this woman online who was doing free YouTube videos about recording, and every time she talked about it, she talked about exactly the same struggles I have had. So, I emailed her ‘I have a microphone, I have a little Apogee duet thingy – do you think I am capable of recording and producing?’ and she wrote back and said ‘ABSOLUTELY!’
“On her faith I was like ‘OK!’.
“I did her online course during the pandemic; I got a small grant from Arts ACT, and I upskilled.
“The goal was to record and produce an EP but t the pandemic kept going on so another friend of mine, a rock journalist, said, ‘why don’t you just keep going and make an album?’ and that’s what I did.”
Creating Connections through Music
Lisa has collaborated with some of the most prominent musicians and producers in the American music industry, yet she remains humble and down to earth, and this is reflected in her music.
Open and honest about her struggles, Lisa’s songs will resonate on a personal level with her audience.
“We all struggle with the same things,” she says.
“I guess what I want is to be that little beacon of light other people who struggle because I have struggled, and I continue to have my struggles. Life is not a piece of cake.
“I talk a lot about that kind of stuff when I am performing. With my music I really try to create that feeling of comfort and familiarity of ‘coming home’ for my audience. That is my highest hope; that my music holds that place for people.”
Coming Full Circle
Coming out of lockdowns, being able to tour again and returning to Townsville to perform is a full circle moment for Lisa.
“I left Townsville when I was 20. I didn’t play any music when I lived in Townsville, but any local band that played original music, any touring bands with original music, I would be crazy about… For me, Townsville is full of memories, it is where I began.”
Lisa Richards will perform in Townsville on 5 August and Magnetic Island on 6 August.