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Lissy Walker is a jazz singer, but her wide-ranging musical interests set her apart from your average chanteuse. She’s been an actress and singer for most of her life and brings a dramatic sensibility to her jazz vocals. Walker's burnished vocals have a hint of restrained passion that suggest country music, but her phrasing, which dances before and after the beat, is pure jazz.Her low-key approach is folky at times, but raw emotion lurks just beneath the surface, adding an alluring tension to her performances.The material is an eclectic mix of songs by Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, and Nick Drake. I tend toward happy melodies with sad lyrics or vice versa, tunes that look at both sides of the coin



Label: Dogwood Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Dream A Little Dream Of Me/I'll See You In My Dreams; You're A Heavenly Thing; Tonight You Belong To Me; Isn't It Romantic?; Lazy Afternoon/Where Or When; Little Person; Faithless Love; There Ain't No Sweet Man; I Wish I Was A Fool For You; I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles; Remember; Lover Man; Something Wonderful; I'll Be Home; Lullaby In Ragtime.


Article: Album Review

Lissy Walker: Wonderland

Read "Wonderland" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Alice had many adventures in Wonderland: they could be fun, they could be touching, but they were seldom musical. Lissy Walker's second album, Wonderland, also provides lots of adventures--some fun, some touching, all musical.A quick glance at the song titles--"Something Wonderful," “Where Or When," “Isn't It Romantic?"--put this album fairly and squarely into American ...

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Lissy Walker Returns With "Wonderland" Another Sublime Collection Of Classic, Soulful Folk/Jazz September 23

Lissy Walker Returns With "Wonderland"    Another Sublime Collection Of Classic, Soulful Folk/Jazz  September 23

Lissy Walker is a jazz singer, but she brings her own unique spin to the music by adding elements drawn from the worlds of folk, country, and 70s acoustic pop. Walker's burnished vocals and her virtuosic band slip effortlessly between genres to create their own soulfully sweet sound–dreamy and bittersweet, heartfelt and swinging–on her stunning new ...


Life Is Sweet

Label: Strawberry Canyon Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: I Remember You; How Deep is the Ocean?; Waters of March; What'll I Do?; Let Me Go; Moonbeam Song; More Than You Know; In the Wee Small Hours; isn't This a Lovely Day?; I Wish You Love; Celluloid Heroes; Saturday Sun.


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Take Five With Lissy Walker

Read "Take Five With Lissy Walker" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Lissy Walker: Lissy Walker grew up in Berkeley, California. She studied piano and theatre as a child, and later formed her first jazz band under the tutorship of the legendary Phil Hardymon at Berkeley High School. She went on to study voice and theatre at UCLA and The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. ...


Article: Album Review

Lissy Walker: Life Is Sweet

Read "Life Is Sweet" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Life Is Sweet is the debut from Berkeley, California-based vocalist Lissy Walker. In an increasingly crowded pool of female jazz singers it's important to stand out from the norm: two things about Life Is Sweet ensure that Walker can do that. Firstly, there is Walker's song selection--a tasteful and unusual mix of standards and more left-field ...


News: Recording

Jazz/Folk Chanteuse Lissy Walker to Release Debut CD, "Life is Sweet," on Feb. 9

Jazz/Folk Chanteuse Lissy Walker to Release Debut CD, "Life is Sweet," on Feb. 9

After an acting and singing career that took her from Berkeley High to New York's Public Theater to San Francisco's ACT, Lissy Walker has returned to her hometown and to her musical roots. On Wednesday, March 10, she will celebrate the release of her sublime debut album Life Is Sweet with a performance at the new ...


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