Shooting the Music Video for My Single “Me Time” In Nashville

Shooting a scene for the “Me Time” music video

We braved Hurricane Irene to drive down to Nashville for the music video shoot for my single “Me Time” which is currently spinning on more than 40 country format radio stations across the U.S. :)! We were working with a top creative team and there was no way we were re-scheduling this shoot, so we defied Irene!!

Upon our arrival in Nashville on August 28th it also happened to be my 19th wedding anniversary and we got to spend it in one of my favorite cities as a family. After an anniversary dinner with my husband and kids, we immediately started preparing for production for the “Me Time” music video shoot to take place the next day, on Monday the 29th. In the early morning hours, I began getting ready with the help of makeup artist, Brady Wardlaw, who has done makeup for Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and so many other artists. Brady is a true artist with makeup! In addition, we worked with music video director Traci Goudie, a wonderfully talented director with incredible vision for “Me Time.” Traci has directed music videos for Merle Haggard, Diamond Rio, Patty Loveless, Shawn Colvin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Anderson and Buddy Miller… to name a few of her credits.

Our video shoot started at the White Elephant Emporium in Watertown, Tennessee, which is known as “Ruby’s Place” by the locals. Ruby, the owner, is such a nice woman, and Watertown has seen so many great artists come and go. Fun fact: Justin Bieber shot his very first music video in Watertown.

The “Me Time” music video opens with me as a harried 1950s housewife, struggling to hold it all together as I tend to the house, my husband and three children, and the crew set up a great replica of a 1950s kitchen, complete with all of the pastel appliances and décor. My look in this part of the music video is very reminiscent of Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy.

From the first location, we headed over to the town of Mt. Juliet where we filmed on a suburban residential block. I emerge from my “house” in ripped up blue jeans. I spot an unattended 1965 white corvette with keys in the ignition and defiantly take off in that corvette for some “Me Time.” Residents from that Mt. Juliet, Tennessee block were excited to witness a country music video being shot right in their own backyard. I took a lot of pictures and signed autographs for everyone. The high that I get from that kind of outpouring of support is truly indescribable!

Our last location for the shoot was a picturesque hilltop property owned by White Elephant Emporium owner, Ruby, who was kind enough to let us shoot there, the next day, as the sun was setting. We also shot scenes where I am at the beauty salon, in a dress shop and in a coffee shop in Lebanon, Tennessee. My kids got to have cameos in the video, and that was an exciting experience for them.

The “Me Time” music video shoot was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait for all of you to see the finished product!

More Radio Appearances for “Me Time” in Idaho, Montana and Washington State

On July 18th I hit the road once again for part of my mid-western radio promotional tour for Me Time, and it was such a pleasure to be surrounded by so many fans who share my passion for country music!

Our first stop was Boise, Idaho and KIZN Kissin’ 92.3 where I met program director Rich Summers and on air personality Spencer Burke. After making some small talk, Rich said, “Let’s see what you got!” Joey Sykes and I performed my song, “Wouldn’t You Like to Know?” While we sang, local campers who were on a field trip at KIZN were excited to meet me, a “real country music artist.” I ended up singing two more songs for the kids and they were clapping and loving the live show we put on for them. Afterwards, I took pictures and signed autographs for all of the kids and their camp counselors. They told me that meeting me was “the best part of their field trip,” and one of the kids said, “I now like you better than Taylor Swift!” It was very cute and so sweet, and a great way to start the day!

Next stop was in Idaho Falls at KTHK The Hawk 105.5 where we met with on-air personality and program director, Brother Dale. Leading up to my appearance, KTHK held a radio call-in contest for a meet and greet with me. Twenty of their listeners won the contest and they all piled into the radio station’s conference room to watch me perform. Joey Sykes and I performed 4 or 5 songs for the radio contest winners from my EP, Me Time. In anticipation of this event, we ordered pizza and soda for all of the contest winners to enjoy during their meet and greet with me. After my performance I signed autographs, gave away photos and chatted with everyone. It was really nice to sit and talk with the listeners, answer their questions and connect with them.

Next, we drove through the night into Montana. After arriving at our hotel at 2AM on the 19th, we had to leave at 5AM to drive another 2 ½ hours to reach KDBR The Bear 106.3, in the town of Kalispell. As we were driving to KDBR, bleary eyed and spent, we turned on the radio to hear my song “I Don’t Feel Anything” playing! It was the very first time I heard one of my songs playing on a car radio. We got so excited that we picked up the pace to get to the radio station quickly, and we ended up getting a speeding ticket. Upon reaching KDBR I did an interview with their morning show personalities, John and Charlene. Joey Sykes and I then sang “Wouldn’t You Like to Know” and “Me Time.” Before leaving KDBR we gave Charlene a “Me Time” T-shirt and John an “I Don’t Feel Anything” shirt.

Our final stop was on July 20th at Clear Channel station, KIXX 96 in Spokane, Washington. At KIXX we met with program director, Paul Neumann and on-air personality, Cody Carleson. Cody produced an entire “Lisa Matassa hour” for her show. We recorded a 30 minute interview where she asked me about the music video for “I Don’t Feel Anything,” and we discussed my back story and the current direction of my country music recording career. Joey Sykes and I performed three of my songs, and then Cody played three songs from my EP, Me Time, live on the air. I have to thank Paul and Cody for devoting such a large chunk of time to me and my music.

Before leaving KIXX, program director, Paul Neumann, had me hang up my picture on his “wall of fame” and he had me draw something unique around my picture. The KIXX studio’s “wall” is full of famous country artists’ pictures with their drawings surrounding the perimeters of their pictures. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, everyone was on there. It was quite an honor.

After this latest leg of our whirlwind radio tour and a red eye flight through the night, we landed back home on Long Island.

Next stop, Pittsburgh…

Performed For a Packed House on June 25th @ The Boulton Center in Bayshore, New York

Last night I had the privilege of performing for a packed house of about 250 country music fans right here in my hometown of Long Island, at The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bayshore, New York.

What a magical night! Long Island-based comedienne Tina Giorgi opened for me and she did a fabulous job warming up the audience. Tina’s set lasted about 40 minutes and she had the crowd (including me, backstage) roaring with laughter.

My band was great, as always. Their musicianship is second to none. I am blessed to have such talented people around me. We had people dancing in the aisles during the concert. When I started to sing the first few chords of my single, “Me Time,” people started clapping, and some people in the audience were singing out loud with the song. So surreal!

When I got a standing ovation at the end of the night I was humbled, and I cannot remember the last time I felt as exhilarated as I did at this Boulton Center performance. Moments like that truly do not come very often in life, and I appreciate all of my fans.

Before the show ended I said to the crowd, “I’d love to be able to speak to each of you personally, and to thank you for your support.” About 100 people stayed after the show and shook my hand, and I signed autographs. Two little girls had my t-shirt on and asked me to sign them. What’s so amazing is that my growing fan-base consists of both men and women, and people of all ages. I have fans who are 10 and fans who are 70! I think that’s the power of country music; it doesn’t exclude anyone.

Most importantly, the Breathe Believe Foundation was there as well, and their founder, Angela Ruggeri, got up and said a few words about Cystic Fibrosis research. A portion of the proceeds from my Boulton Center concert went to the Breathe Believe Foundation.

My Single “Me Time” Gets Added Into Rotation at Eight Radio Stations, and Counting…

I just found out today, according to my radio promoter @ Nine North Records, that I was the second most added independent female recording artist on the country charts yesterday! How about that?

From what I was told by my amazing Nine North rep, Larry Pareigis, “What makes this achievement notable is that the #1 most added independent female recording artist yesterday is actually on her 9th single.” “Me Time” is my 1st single off of my newly released EP, Me Time, so we are making some great strides!

I’m very fortunate to have “Me Time” added into the rotation in some really great country markets. We’re off to a great start, and thank you to my incredible team at Nine North Records, headed up by Larry Pareigis.

As of, Monday, June 13, 2011, the following country radio stations have reported adding my single, “Me Time,” into their airplay rotation:

WJVC Long Island, NY WIWF Charleston, NC WKSF Asheville, NC WRSF Nag’s Head, NC WWGY Youngstown, OH WHXK Bluefield, WV WXXK, Lebanon, NH KEAN Abilene, TX

Blast Magazine Calls Me “Long Island’s Country Star”

Country star Lisa Matassa featured in Blast Magazine

Blast Magazine just posted an interview with me, entitled, “Long Island’s Country Star.”

The article was written by a very sweet and talented young journalist named Brittney McNamara. Brittney called me from Blast Magazine’s Boston office for a chat about my life as a wife, mom of two teenagers, and a busy country recording artist who is currently on tour to promote my album, Me Time (Whew! I’m tired just reading that last sentence. :)).

I spoke to Blast Magazine’s Brittney McNamara about my earlier recording career with Emergency Records, as Lysa Lynn, and why I am so much happier now that I am recording and performing the kind of music that I am truly passionate about; my own special brand of country and rock n’ roll music that I call ‘Long Island Country’!

We also spoke about my love for Nashville (my new second home), my family and what’s been happening since I started promoting the album Me Time. Thanks Brittney for a wonderful interview. READ MY INTERVIEW WITH BLAST MAGAZINE

On WGBB 1240 AM Radio Show – Limo Talk with Graz

Just did a phone interview for WGBB 1240 AM’s Limo Talk with Graz. (a special thanks to my good friend Teresa Greco for hooking this up!) The show’s host, Anthony Graziadei and his staff are crazy funny!! Being that I was the only girl in the mix with a studio full of guys I definitely had to bring my A-game during this on-air conversation. The testosterone was flowing, Ha Ha! Graz and the other radio personalities on the show made me feel so welcome and they were all hilarious!

Graz is so down to earth and personable so the interview was a lot of fun. We spoke about my March 31st EP release event, my upcoming tour schedule and, of course, my music. I got to give some shout outs to the talented writers I have worked with like Joey Sykes and Tony Bruno. I was even asked by Graz to create a promo audio track for Limo Talk with Graz using my single, Me Time, which I thought was very flattering as their current promo audio track is a take-off on Rihanna’s hit single, Na Na (What’s My Name?). Now if I can only carve out some time in the studio to record it for him!

Listen to my interview with Graz by clicking on show # 20

Me Time Launch Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to support me at my launch event to celebrate the release of my EP album, “Me Time,” and the premiere of my music video for my single, “I Don’t Feel Anything!” The event was a huge success and we got a ton of press coverage. Everyone from WALK 97.5 FM, Newsday.com, Hamptons Magazine and Dan’s Paper to Plum TV and even TMZ were there, and of course my peeps from WJVC’s My Country 96.1 FM were there as well!! JVC radio personality Phathead, introduced me and I performed a live set of my entire EP, talk about adrenaline!

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano came up on stage and issued me a citation, declaring me Long Island’s very first country recording artist, big shoes to fill and I promise I will not disappoint you.

Took some amazing pictures on the red carpet with my talented band, celebrities who turned up to support me and, most importantly, my beautiful family!

Long Island Country Singer Lisa Matassa on Newsday.com

Video journalist TC McCarthy from Newsday came down to Cove City Sound Studios, on Long Island today to interview me for a Newsday.com feature segment. TC shot an incredible piece with me and my producer Bobby “Guy” Graziose doing some recording and re-mixing for my song “Kiss Me Quiet,” which will be on my new EP, Me Time. During the Newsday interview I was asked about creating my own sub-genre of music called Long Island Country. After playing back some tracks in the studio for the Newsday reporter I think I made him a country fan!! Long Island Country music is poised to take over the New York music scene :)!

Thanks TC for the great Newsday interview and video segment!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhoXPHM1Y94&feature=share&list=UUV28ZLWseWvI5LJaxn4bJlw

 

On The Cover of My Hometown Paper

Cover of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald for Anton News

So excited to see my first published interview since my days as “Lysa Lynn.” It feels good to start sharing my Long Island Country sound with the press. This combination of rock n’ roll and country music feels so authentic for me. I spoke with Karen Gellender who is the editor of the Plainview Old Bethpage Herald and the Syosset Jericho Tribune, for Anton Community Newspapers. We spoke about my soon-to-be released EP, Me Time. It’s fun to be the cover story of my hometown newspaper.

I truly appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this exciting new chapter in my music career. Much love and happiness to everyone in the New Year!! : )