Performing at “Vets Rock: A Salute to Our Veterans” at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre

On September 18th, I performed at the Vets Rock concert event at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre on Long Island, with proceeds benefiting the Vets Rock organization to help veterans in need.

Produced by JVC Radio Broadcasting’s country music station, My Country 96.1 FM, the Vets Rock concert was an all-day outdoor country music festival that boasted a turnout of 7,000 Long Island country music fans! Vets Rock turned out to be even bigger than last July’s Freedom Fest on Long Island. If this large turnout isn’t a sign that country music is taking root on Long Island, I don’t know what is!

The show began at 1PM and went until 9PM that night, with platinum selling country artist Eric Church as the concert’s headlining act. Other popular country artists who performed included: Thompson Square and The Jane Dear Girls.

I opened the show with the National Anthem, after being escorted to the stage by a local American Legion Post motorcycle group on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I returned to the stage once again, later in the show, to do my 35 minute set. I sang 9 songs, both from the Me Time EP and from my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway. Amazingly, there were audience members singing along with me to “Me Time,” “Sunrise Highway” and “I Don’t Feel Anything.” I have My Country 96.1 to thank for supporting my music and giving me the airplay that has allowed people to become so familiar with my music. I also want to thank the musicians I worked with on stage: Tony Bruno, Bobby Guy, Jules Radino, Simi Stone, Greg Smith, Colin Smith and Mike Dimeo. I am blessed to get to work with such a talented and accomplished group of musicians.

After the main part of my set, I read a poem written by a Vietnam Veteran named Walter Mooney. The poem was a poignant piece that expresses what freedom means from the point of view of a veteran who has fought for our freedoms. I then performed a song called “We’re All The Same,” written by songwriter Sheira Brayer who was in the audience. The Broadway Youth Ensemble, a group of young professional Broadway performers, sang backup for me and provided the harmonies during this song. “We’re All The Same” is a great patriotic song with a profound message: if danger came to our world there would be no racism, no prejudice… we would stand together as brothers and sisters and learn to love one another.

Country music has a way of bringing people together. I saw fans in the crowd line dancing together, socializing with one another, and the concert was truly a family affair with a lot of children in the crowd. You can feel a warm camaraderie between country music fans that you don’t always see at other types of concerts.

After my set I signed autographs for over an hour, signing everything from “Me Time”    T-shirts to boots, hats, posters and pictures. Fans of all ages, from little kids to Veterans in their 60s and 70s were lined up for autographs.

Performing Live on CW Network’s “The Daily Buzz” In Orlando, Florida

On August 18th The CW Network in Orlando, Florida did a segment on my life and music career on their morning show, The Daily Buzz. The live television segment opened with a montage about my life and early music career, showing video clips of my days on the dance pop charts as “Lysa Lynn.” As the voiceover told my story about transitioning from a young dance pop artist to a stay-at-home mom, and now a country recording artist, I felt the weight of how far I’ve come. After that opening montage, musician Joey Sykes and I performed a live rendition of “Wouldn’t You Like to Know” on the air.

After our live performance, I sat down for an on-air interview with CW anchor, Andy Campbell. We discussed my earlier incarnation as Lysa Lynn, taking time out to raise my kids on Long Island, and now re-emerging as a country recording artist; my dream come true :)! Andy made me laugh when he told me that he looked at pictures of me from back in the day as “Lysa Lynn,” saying that I’ve aged “like a fine wine.” Ha ha, that was very sweet.

As we were chatting about my upbringing in South Florida, how much country music has influenced my life, and how good it feels to be recording and performing country music, it dawned on me that I am incredibly blessed to be doing exactly what I want to do in this life. I’m singing and recording the kind of music I am passionate about, “country rock,” as I told Andy during our interview. We also spoke about my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway, which will be out this fall.

After I left the sound stage, CW reporter Mitch English came up to me backstage with a cameraman filming at his side. He kept asking me, “’So, sup? ‘sup?” trying to get a reaction out of me, on camera! Apparently, he does this little routine to many of the guests that come on the show. I didn’t expect it, so it was pretty awkward at first, but it was VERY funny! Everyone working at the Daily Buzz have terrific personalities and seem to really enjoy their jobs! I had a blast at this station! After the interview, me and musician Joey Sykes filmed a “Lisa Matassa Minute” for my YouTube channel backstage at the CW Network studios.

Another highlight of my visit to Orlando, was when I FINALLY got to visit the Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios!! People who know me, know I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so right after my appearance on CW’s The Daily Buzz, I went back to the hotel, changed into shorts and went straight to Harry Potter. The exhibit is a replica of the story’s fictional town of Hogsmeade. We drank Harry Potter Butterbeer (which was amazing, by the way) and one of the rides made me a bit queasy, but it was worth it. You go through the whole Harry Potter experience and get transported into another world. I LOVED every minute of my visit to Orlando and can’t wait to go back!

Taking Our “Me Time” Radio Tour to Michigan and Back Through Indiana

I hit Detroit’s 8 Mile Road at WCEN The Moose 94.5 in Saginaw, Michigan, where I met with on air personalities Joby Phillips and Jim Biggins, and sang for them. Both guys were really nice. They asked me about my music, my family, and how it is juggling a country music career with being a wife and mom. I told them that it’s all about the support I get from my family. I can’t overemphasize how lucky I am to have my family behind me. After my performance we all took some pictures in the lobby before heading out to our next radio station appearance.

We moved on to WKCQ 98 Country, which was also in Saginaw, Michigan where we met with on air personality Greg Cole and his staff for another performance. When I commented to Greg about what a pleasing and gifted radio voice he had, he told me it was thanks to a special hospital in Tennessee that saved his voice after a serious throat condition that almost threatened to silence him. After my performance at WKCQ I did a Q&A with the staff. When I left the radio station I checked my Facebook wall and they had posted a thank you note to me expressing that they loved my voice and my music.

Afterwards we stopped at WKOA K105 in Lafayette, Indiana. At WKOA I net Shamus who plays guitar professionally and Annie who writes and sings in her spare time. Since Shamus and Annie are also musicians we had quite a lot to talk about. I absolutely love that WKOA does a lot of charitable work within their community, like donating prom dresses to local high school students who aren’t able to afford them. The radio station also showcases local talent. They are such great people. Before saying goodbye to Shamus and Annie, I pre-recorded a performance of “Me Time” for them to play on the air during their upcoming shows.

Taking Our Show on the Road to Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Cleveland & Rochester…

We covered quite a bit of ground on our last radio tour, with the first stop at WDSY Y108 in Pittsburgh. At Y108 we met up with on-air personality and program director, Stoney Richards, who does the weekly drivetime show. Musician Joey Sykes and my record promoter, Larry Pareigis, President of Nine North Records / Turnpike Music, both accompanied me on this radio tour and it was great to have that kind of support around me. Larry commands a tremendous amount of respect in country radio, dating back to when he helped to break The Dixie Chicks. Joey Sykes and I performed for everyone down at WDSY and we gifted Stoney Richards with our promotional “Me Time” and “I Don’t Feel Anything” t-shirts.

Next, it was off to “Froggy” 94.9 (they also broadcast on 103.5 and 104.3 in their region). Everything over at “Froggyland” radio is frog themed, even down to the deejays’ names. We hung out with deejay, David Hopperfield, who was very sweet. After a lively conference room performance for the Froggy crew, we joined them for dinner. David was a professional drummer at one time in his career, so we had that musical kinship. Before leaving Froggy, the station had me record a station ID promo where the written copy actually required me to “ribbit” like a frog. I felt better when I was told that Carrie Underwood and many of the biggest artists who had come through their doors were also compelled to croak the radio station’s famous “ribbit,” so I’m in good company! Afterwards they gave me a fun swag bag full of stuff from “Froggyland,” including a giant coffee mug that I use every morning :).

When we moved on to Cleveland, Program Director Charlie Connelly and DJ Chuck Collier, at WGAR 99.5, had me perform a live acoustic set in their radio station’s studio. Charlie and Chuck were very sweet and receptive, and since Charlie is originally from Long Island and misses his NY Islanders hockey team, I brought him a goodie bag full of Islanders gear, which he loved.

After Cleveland we moved on to Fort Wayne, Indiana and WBTU U.S. 93.3 where we were greeted by Assistant Program Director AJ Maguire and Colin, the station’s music director. I pre-recorded an on-air performance of “Me Time” for WBTU and AJ told me about a recent contest the station had where they offered a generous reward for whoever could locate and recover the “9” that was mysteriously stolen from their 93.3 sign out front. The listener who found and returned the station’s missing 9 donated his reward of $10,000 to a local homeless shelter.

WBEE 92.5 in Rochester, NY actually invited their listeners to come down to the radio station to watch me and Joey Sykes perform. After performing for their listeners I did a Q&A and autographed photos for everyone. These spontaneous concerts are some of my favorite radio appearances because I actually get to meet country music fans and thank them for their support and enthusiasm for my music. And it was on the Rochester stop on our radio tour where I created my “Lisa Matassa Minute” video blog where I began posting video journals of my experiences on the road and posting them to my YouTube channel. We shoot the Lisa Matassa Minute right on my iPhone and it’s pretty raw and organic; a video journal of this amazing journey I am on.

Performing at Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund’s 1st Annual Pink Penguin Bash

As everyone knows, I feel a strong sense of pride and commitment when it comes to supporting important causes and events on Long Island. When I got a request to perform at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund’s 1st annual Pink Penguin Bash, I said “yes” right away! I was so honored to be invited and asked to perform by the Baldwin family, and for a cause that is very close to my heart. One of my favorite aunt’s lost her battle with breast cancer last November.

For those who aren’t familiar with Carol Baldwin, she is the mother of actors Alec, Billy, Stephen and Daniel Baldwin, and she is a breast cancer survivor and breast cancer awareness advocate. The family originates from Massapequa, NY, and all four Baldwin brothers established the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund in their mother’s name.

The Pink Penguin Bash took place on July 30th at the Long Island Atlantis Marine World Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, NY and was emceed by WBAB 102.3 FM on air personality, Fingers. I performed a five song set along with JD Leonard who is a super talented guitarist. JD and I performed 3 songs from my EP, Me Time, including: “I Don’t Feel Anything,” “Wouldn’t Like to Know?”, and the title track, “Me Time.” We also performed two songs from my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway: the songs “Somebody’s Baby” and the title track, “Sunrise Highway.”

The other great performers at the event were legendary rock n’ roll singer, Lita Ford; American Idol season 10 finalist, Robbie Rosen, who is so talented and such a sweet kid; and Randy Jackson from the group, Zebra, who performed an amazing rendition of “Stairway to Heaven.” Robbie Rosen sang first, followed by Randy Jackson of Zebra who invited Lita Ford up on stage with him. Lita Ford then did her set, and I went on as the final act. My guitarist, JD Leonard, picked up the harmonies for my songs beautifully, and the crowd was very receptive to us.

During the event I had the opportunity to speak with Billy Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, and their mom, Carol Baldwin. The Baldwin family was so kind and the work they are doing for breast cancer research is remarkable. I was informed that since its inception, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund has given out $6 million in grant funding with a large portion of that grant funding having gone to breast cancer research at Upstate Medical University. In addition, the Carol M. Baldwin Fund awards multiple $50,000 grants each year to breast cancer research at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University and University Hospital in Syracuse.

For the event, the Atlantis Aquarium was transformed into a catering hall. Many of the aquatic exhibits were table-side. They did a beautiful job decorating with pink and purple lights and penguins were dressed in pink bowties. There was also an organization at the event that was there with exotic looking rescue birds that you could stop and take pictures with.

I posed for pictures and signed plenty of autographs throughout the night, and there was a fun casino area and a Chinese auction. All in all, a very rewarding night!

Before we left, Atlantis Marine World’s curator and co-founder, Joseph Yaiullo, told me that he enjoyed my performance and he offered me a private VIP tour with my family for a private session with the penguins and seals, which sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to take him up on his offer!!

On Fire Island, Promoting Freedom Fest with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM

I just spent the day promoting Freedom Fest 2011, an amazing country music concert event that will take place tomorrow, July 3rd, at Long Island Ducks baseball stadium at Bethpage Ballpark, in association with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM.

My Country 96.1 did a 4 hour live broadcast from Flynn’s on Fire Island, New York. During their 4 hour broadcast I did a live interview with JVC radio personality Phathead. We spoke about my ongoing promotional live performance and radio tour for the continuing promotion of my EP Me Time. After my interview, I performed an acoustic live set on the air with musician Colin Smith. Atlanta-based fellow country music act, Badhorse, also performed live on the air for My Country 96.1.

One of the elements that make this ongoing journey so spectacular is that my husband and children are living this experience right along with me. Today my two kids were right there on Fire Island with me, meeting everyone and watching me give my radio interview and my performance.

The owner of Flynn’s, a Fire Island landmark for decades, was also interviewed by WJVC. Tomorrow’s Freedom Fest at Long Island Ducks Stadium will be spectacular!

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

My First Skype Interview on KBFX Fox News in Bakersfield, CA

I just gave my very first skype interview to KBFX’s Eyewitness News on the Fox affiliate in Bakersfield, California. Although this television appearance was on the west coast, I got to explain “Long Island Country” music, and I talked about the growing excitement surrounding the release of Me Time.

They even aired a clip from my music video for the song “I Don’t Feel Anything.” KBFX-TV in Bakersfield then held a contest giving away one of my CDs to the 58th lucky viewer who called in to the station!

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/mornings/123457809.html

On The 1st Leg Of My Radio Promotional Tour for “Me Time”

My schedule has been jam packed these last few weeks as we prep for the national release of my EP, “Me Time” (the national release date for “Me Time” is June 13!!) I just got back from a promotional radio tour in the northeast, hitting 4 states in 2 days with lots of fun and exciting radio interviews. In between the radio touring I’ve been back in the studio recording more songs for my upcoming LP album. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new song, “Somebody’s Baby,” a song with lyrics that are very personal to me; I just love the story that this song tells: no matter where you are in the world or what is happening to you, remember that you are somebody’s baby – as a mother it’s very meaningful :).

In between recording more music, my northeast radio tour to promote Me Time, and being a busy mom, I’ve been doing radio and television interviews with media outlets on the west coast via skype. Did I mention that I’ve been busy?!! But it’s worth it, as I feel blessed that my family is behind me, helping to make this dream of mine come true. I love you Frank, Alexa and Frankie

I want to give a shout out to the radio stations I visited on the northeast leg of my promotional radio tour:

To Steve at WRWD in Poughkeepsie, New York; Shelley, Dave & Jimmy at WCTY in Norwich, Connecticut; Wild Bill at WOKO in Burlington, Vermont; and to Justin & Amy of KIXX in Lebanon, New Hampshire… thank you guys so much for your love and support, and for playing my single, “Me Time!”

Catch Me LIVE On June 25th @ The Boulton Center In Bay Shore, NY

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!

I will be giving an intimate LIVE performance on Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ the famed Boulton Center For The Performing Arts, located at 37 West Main Street in Bayshore , New York.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see me perform a LIVE set from my entire EP, Me Time, and watch me perform new, never before heard, songs from my upcoming LP!

This will be my first LIVE show since performing at The Palace in Plainview, New York when I celebrated the release of my EP, Me Time, on March 31, 2011.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Click to purchase tickets to see me perform LIVE at the Boulton Center!

Thank you all for your continued support 🙂

xo Lisa

Seating is limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis.