Lisa Richards - Singer, Songwriter and Teacher
Songs of longing, loss, love and hope. In the tradition of classic songwriters, singers and street performers through the ages ...from Fado to Jazz to Bluegrass to Blues. An exquisite mash up of Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday, Bjork and Patti Griffin. She's toured solo in the USA, Europe and Australia and been praised by music industry tastemakers. Look for CD number 6 in Autumn 2016.
'a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing' David Costello – Brisbane Courier Mail
'There’s an astounding individuality not only to Richards’ uniquely sweet and tremulous vocals, but also in her concise and thoughtful songwriting' Jerseybeat USA
20 years of teaching voice, guitar and songwriting in New York City, Austin Texas and Australia, have given her a wide appreciation for the gifts that each person brings to their lessons. “My job is to bring out the best in you, to challenge you, inspire you and to guide you on your musical path and to give you the tools that you need to get to where YOU want to go"
Lisa currently resides in Canberra Australia and teaches workshops and one on one, locally, nationally and internationally, in person and via Skype.
Go to the Lessons and Workshops tab above for more information.
Single release dates coming up for the first single "Water" from the new CD "A Light from the Other Side. Watch this Space!!
Preview of the upcoming Album May 2016
I’d begun to write songs but I didn’t think I could sing them. Lisa helped me to find and refine my voice, beginning with learning how to breathe. Over and over we traveled the same eighty-eight steps, black and white, up and down, listening for where the sounds I made landed true and where they faltered. Lisa taught me the art of phrasing; Lisa taught me how to develop a melody; Lisa showed me I could go deeper into my own songs. Thanks to Lisa I sing, and my life is so much richer for it. You won’t find a better guide for your own musical journey, and I urge you to get started on it.
–Nita Lou Bryant
“When I first started working with Lisa, the prospect of being able to sing well seemed like a dream more than a reality. Within only a few months, my voice had improved at a speed I never could have imagined, as well as my musical ability as a whole. Lisa is a phenomenal teacher who is devoted to her students and I am honored to be under the guidance of such a talented musician. Lisa Richards is, without a doubt, my number one recommendation for anyone hoping to find their inner musician.”
Greg Glynn Austin Texas
Before I met Lisa I was worried that people would hear me sing. Now all I want to do is find people to sing for.
I would never have known how to find my voice if it wasn’t for Lisa’s amazing guidance – every lesson Lisa helps me to discover something new that really excites me and makes me want to keep going and get better and better. I can hear the difference! – I’m playing AND singing my own songs, other songs I love. I’ve never had so much fun! Lisa helped me find a new confidence I didn’t know I had and it has carried through to other parts of my life as well.
Frank Zappia Feb 2015
I have loved listening to music all my life, but somehow always believed that I lacked the talent to make it. Lisa inspired me to pick up an instrument, cheered me on every time I felt discouraged, and created such an accepting, safe learning environment that I dared to keep going. Just two years later I am playing guitar in a blue grass band, and have just started learning to play the banjo. Making music is the most fun I’ve ever had, and at age 65, that is saying something. They say when the student is ready the teacher appears. I’m so grateful to Lisa for the gift of music.
Barbara Wilson-Clay, Austin, Texas
We thank God for you Lisa… You helped give Sydney her voice…singing or just speaking out…Laurie, Kurt and Sydney. Austin Texas
"I was truly unsure I could sing at all. I have wanted to sing for so many years but had dismissed this as something I'd do in my next lifetime.
Lisa really is very conscious of who you are as a person and a singer. She doesn't have 'a way' - she's looking to find 'your way.' This was SUPER empowering for me and made me believe -- "I can do this!"
To feel a sense of my actually being able to sing creates such joy in me. Lisa has unlocked that joy in me. The gratitude I feel is indescribable.
For the few hours after I sang for the very first time -- I felt...a unique combination of electric, ecstatic and bold + other empowered feelings I've not ever experienced before." Shaune Clarke of Big Brand Speaking
“Wonderful workshop Lisa. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. You are a truly gifted teacher and your training is transformational” Royston James
“Lisa is intelligent, insightful and is a superb communicator. She listens, observes, and thinks, with the feeling and touch of a talented singer, songwriter and teacher. It is her ability and desire to connect to people, their dreams, their joy and their pain, and her ability to create a learning environment that is challenging yet secure that makes her an exceptional teacher.” Professor John Close, Deputy Director, Dept of Quantum Science, ANU
"Lisa’s course profoundly resonated with me in a way I wasn’t prepared for and I am moved by how revelatory the experience has been.
But more than this; I found success – it is as simple and as pared down as that….
Oh, and I wrote a song…it has three verses, a chorus AND a bridge…and yes I crossed it and yes there’ll be others and yes, I’ll cross those too.” Suzy Fish
In the past, Lisa has has worked with me via Skype and as a personal tutor during a four-day music retreat. Most recently, we worked together during her two-day Soul Singing/Songwriting workshop in Canberra.
Lisa, as a person, is Lisa as an artist and Lisa as a teacher.
We left the weekend exhausted from our efforts, but satisfied that we had gained tools and resources to continue developing our songwriting and singing skills independently.
Lisa’s teaching has been empowering, enriching and enduring. What more needs to be said in support of such a treasure?
Lisa has achieved a super human mastery when it comes to creating a non-judgmental group environment, helping people believe in themselves, and embedding learning. I’ve met a LOT of teachers and trainers in all kinds of fields and Lisa trumps the lot, especially when it comes to working with artists/creative people.
If you love to sing and you’ve ever been told you can’t, or shouldn’t, and you think those voices of self-doubt in your head are right – you need this workshop. If you want to write songs and perform them but you’re not sure you can, or you just want to be a better songwriter - go to this workshop! You will leave the weekend feeling inspired and with a great set of tools to help you develop your writing and your voice.
Rochelle Bright 2016
I spent years swallowing my voice in all kinds of ways, felt unexpressed, stuck and it was eating me alive. It got to the stage where I could barely stand to listen to music at all because I would grieve feeling locked out of it. I recently realized I need to sing- not because I am special or exceptional or gifted (like "real musicians") but because singing is human and ordinary and magical and the obvious thing to do.
Lisa has a way of creating space for you to "OWN YOURSELF". She exudes authenticity and gives people permission to be how they are. I feel like she communicates on multiple levels - very practical and immediate but rooted deep in the heart of things.
Bess Harrison 2016
As a vocalist, I am available for recording sessions, as a performer for concerts, weddings and special events, performing my own songs or a variety of standards from a number of genres including jazz, blues, bluegrass and popular music. As a solo artist, duo with piano, trio, quartet or quintet.
No matter what you think about yourself, you have the capacity to sing, to write songs, to create. Over the past 20 years I have introduced, taught, developed and guided hundreds of people on their creative musical paths. People who walked in my door sure they were too shy to sing or who 'knew' they had 'terrible' voices. I have never met anyone who could not sing. When the student is ready, the teacher appears...