One thing is clear; Lisa Nicole Grace is passionate about the arts. From her work within the music community as an independent Singer/Songwriter to teaching voice lessons, to volunteering as the social media coordinator for the Northern Lights Folk Club in Edmonton, to co-creating and co-hosting the weekly arts podcast, The Prairie Belles, she is whole-heartedly dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of the arts in her local community and beyond.
Amidst all of these arts related activities, Lisa’s ultimate passion and priority is songwriting.
Lisa released her first full length record Prairie Belle in October 2011. She celebrated the release on a chartered streetcar performance atop the High Level Bridge in Edmonton. She followed up the release with a Western Canadian Tour sponsored by Via Rail taking her across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In February of 2012 Lisa was awarded a FACTOR grant and Folk Alliance International grant to travel to the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, Tennessee where she performed a private showcase and attended songwriting workshops. Soon after Prairie Belle was nominated for the 2012 Edmonton Music Award for Pop Album of the Year.
2013 marks a new chapter for Lisa and her music. Awarded the Rawlco Radio Project 10k20 grant in December of 2012, Lisa has begun recording her second full length album to be titled Tree of Life and released later this year.
With her new recording project underway, the momentum of Prairie Belle continuing to grow, and her passion for songwriting and the arts Lisa Nicole Grace is definitely a steady force within the Canadian music scene.
Photos by Lillian Patz of Visible Echo