Country/Americana singer-songwriter Lisa Wright played a flawless set.
Produced by Matt Greaves (Ward Thomas, The Girls Musical), Lisa Wright’s EP Mind Of Mine contains four brand new songs, and is her most personal work to date. Last month, she played us her new EP alongside a few other tracks at 229 Venue.
While rooted in country and Americana, Lisa Wright’s music is genre-crossing and tonight proves this even more. Her soft vocals and endearing personality truly shine through on her new EP. Title track Mind Of Mine is her self-proclaimed “Carol King song”, meaning she wrote it because it was something she wanted to write rather than what she thought people wanted to listen to. With that Wright manages to take those Americana roots and create a sound that goes far beyond that.
Giving Up The Ghost, penned in collaboration with Jake Etheridge who is known for his starring role as Sean McPherson on CMT’s Nashville TV show, and having also lent his songwriting talents to the show’s soundtrack, is another beauty of an overall near flawless EP. Wright tells us that the song is about “that in order to feel better you need to let go of things … but really letting go is harder than you think it is.”
The EP’s lead single, Tennessee, co-written by Wright with Kaity Rae, was inspired by her trip to the US in late 2017, reflecting the notorious ups and downs of the music industry and the search for purpose in life. For tonight, Kaity joins Lisa on stage for a track who has its origins in a bar in Nashville.
Cyndi Lauper’s timeless classic Time After Time has been covered probably about a million times, the most famous one is probably Quiet Drive’s rock version which was featured in multiple 00’s teen movies. Tonight, Lisa takes it to the complete other side of the speed spectrum and really slows it down for us. If Quiet Drive is 00’s teen movies, then Lisa Wright’s rendition is indie movie kissing scene – goosebumps included.
Wright finishes her set with In The End, a track off 2017’s EP Wednesday’s Child and co-written by Holloway Road’s Jack Cooper, who just before she launches into the song brings her a shot. Lisa has the audience mesmerised with her velvety voice and her guitar, when you look around, there’s swaying and smiling and enchantment all over the room.
“It’s a Wednesday night I’m not gonna leave you on a downer!” Lisa jokes as she gets right into her encore with Why Would I Wanna, also taken from the singer’s previous EP Wednesday’s Child. “This is to all the fucking losers out there who broke my heart” she introduces the catchy, upbeat track.
If you’re looking for amazing British songwriting talent, Lisa Wright has proven once again that she is your go-to-girl.
Make sure you check out Lisa’s EP Mind Of Mine – not only is it a stunner of a record but I promise you’ll love even if you aren’t “into country”.