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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Award-Winning Musician Lissie Releases Empowering Response To The Sexism She Faced As A Young Musician

With touring currently off the schedule, award-winning Illinois-born and Iowa-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lissie has spent recent months delving into her archives to uncover a wealth of material that has helped shape her path as an artist. 
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The result is two upcoming albums which feature lots of cult fan favourites and previously unreleased material: the Anniversary Edition of her 2010 breakthrough album Catching A Tiger (out June 25th) and Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009), which compiles highlights from her formative years as a songwriter (out July 23rd).
 
Lissie previews Watch Over Me by sharing the previously unreleased song Hey Boy, which was written several years before the release of Catching A Tiger. 

The song is a raw and rootsy folk-rocker in which Lissie's bluesy vocals fire a scathing criticism at the sexism and misogyny that she faced as a young female artist who was trying to make her mark on the music scene.

 
Lissie said:
 
"When I was in college, I was out seeing live music almost every night. I would play open mics and eventually get to open up for touring acts that passed through town. 

"There was a crew of musician guys who always seemed to mock me and my lyrics, trashed my posters around town and who insinuated that the only reason I was getting opportunities was because I was a silly young woman who was a flirt. 

"That strangely felt like a normal thing to have to deal with then, so I just shrugged it off and kept going. 
 
"I wanted to be one of the guys, to be welcome in the music scene. 

"Fighting for my right to exist and having to gracefully deal with the fallout of rejecting mens' advances and misconceptions felt like a way of life, something to be accepted and navigated. 

"It seems like this is now changing for the better."
  
Lissie unassumingly established a reputation as a global voice with the release of Catching A Tiger in 2010. 

She was nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the Q Awards, and the album eventually sold 300,000 copies worldwide - 100,000 of which were in the UK, resulting in it being certified Gold.
 
After four albums, multiple EPs, and countless gigs, Lissie still derives the strongest connection from music. 

She manages to consistently connect, whether on tape, on-screen for David Lynch's Twin Peaks and Peter Farrelly's Loudermilk, at rallies for Senator Bernie Sanders, or during one of her sold-out shows.

by: Mike Cobley




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