Lissie (born Lissie Maurus, 1982)
Lissie is an American folk-rock singer who rose to fame with the release of her 2010 album Catching a Tiger.
Lissie: Childhood & Early Musical Career
Lissie was born to an interior designer mother and a physician father in Rock Island, Illinois. At the age of nine, she played the title role in the musical Annie.
After being expelled from high school, she eventually studied at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, during which time she gigged frequently, opening for bands that were playing in town.
Lissie collaborated with DJ Harry on a song entitled 'All My Life', which was used on a variety of TV shows such as House, Wildfire and Veronica Mars.
In 2008, Lissie was invited by Lenny Kravitz to open for him on his Love Revolution tour and later on that year, another song that she had written, 'The Longest Road' (with DJ Morgan Page).
Lissie's EP 'Why You Runnin'?' was produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses. The British songwriter Ed Harcourt co-wrote the song 'Oh Mississippi' from the EP.
At the start of 2010, Lissie toured the UK with Joshua Radin from Ohio. After signing with Columbia Records, Lissie's debut album, Catching A Tiger was released in June 2010 and was produced by Jacquire King.
Lissie: Personal Life
Lissie lives in Ojai, California, choosing to be close to LA, but not near the congested centre. In her interviews, Lissie has professed to be a fan of writers such as JK Rowling and Philip Pullman.