Here at the American-Scottish Foundation, we have a long history of supporting young and emerging musicians from Scotland, looking to promote news around them and showcase their talents here in the States! When we heard Lisa Kowalski‘s tracks, we immediately wanted to know more about this talented singer-songwriter – and this teenage artist is certainly is a force to be reckoned with!
At just seventeen, Lisa has already recorded four tracks for her debut LP. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, last month Lisa won the over 16s category of the Live and Unsigned competition in Renfrewshire, backed by Paisley 2021 and Brick Lane Studios Paisley. Lisa was also given a special mention at the Scottish Album of the Year Awards in Paisley last month, along with other esteemed Paisley artists like Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini!
Lisa, who hails from Paisley, Scotland, began working towards her music career at just thirteen. She drew inspiration from another young singer, American artist Taylor Swift. Picking up an old guitar, Lisa taught herself Swift’s songs by ear. Soon she had learned Swift’s entire back catalogue. Armed with a guitar and a melodic voice, Lisa hit the main street of Paisley to entertain shoppers and passers-by.
Since those early days busking in Paisley, the young songstress has been busy writing her own music and performing at local bars, music festivals, conferences, and charity fundraisers. She has even serenaded thousands of sports fans during half time at Paisley’s soccer stadium and Ice Hockey arena.
Though Lisa was born and raised in Scotland, she has family in the US, and American influences are a big part of her music. In addition to her enduring idol, Taylor Swift, American artists who have inspired Lisa’s work include Halsey, Hunter Hayes, and Andy Grammer.
Lisa’s professional singing career took off about a year ago, when she was awarded a cultural grant from Paisley 2021, which offers financial support to artists to help showcase the creativity and talent of Paisley’s own. This EP includes the country-tinged track “Hearts of Gold,” which recounts her early experience singing in the street and the warmth and encouragement she received from her first audience, the people of Paisley.
At the American-Scottish Foundation, we are eager to hear what else Lisa has in store, and can’t wait until she hits the recording studio again. 2017 has already been a year full of musical milestones for young Lisa Kowalski, and the future is looking bright for this free spirit. We are looking forward to seeing her in New York soon!