I can’t believe that my new video for the single “Me Time” has made it to the #1 spot on CMT.COM. This is the second video back to back for me to make it to #1. It’s such an honor for me and such an incredible feeling to be on the same list as Toby Keith, Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan and Alan Jackson. Thank you again CMT for giving me this opportunity.
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!
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…
On July 18th I packed up and headed to California for the first stops on my West Coast radio promotional tour for my EP, Me Time. Joining me out in Cali was brilliant music producer and musician, Joey Sykes, whose credits include work with artists: Meredith Brooks, Bryan Adams and Bare Naked Ladies. My record promoter, Greg Stevens from Nine North Records, also joined us out on the road for this first leg of my west coast radio tour.
Our first stop was at Sunny Country 102.5 FM in Santa Maria, California where we pre-recorded an interview for The Morning Show with Jay and Niki, followed by Joey Sykes and me giving an in-studio performance of 2 songs from the Me Time EP. We sang and played “Wouldn’t You Like to Know” and “Somebody’s Baby.” Jay, from The Morning Show with Jay and Niki, had just had a baby girl named Sophia, so we dedicated our performance of “Somebody’s Baby” to his newborn baby girl.
Before leaving for our next radio stop, I had the chance to meet everyone at the radio station and sign plenty of pictures for the Sunny Country 102.5 staff.
Next, we drove north to Solvang, California, one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen, with Danish-inspired architecture and breathtaking wine vineyards. KRAZ, KRAZy Country 105.9 FM radio deejay, Stefan Carpenter, met us at Roblar Winery a local vineyard for an informal meeting about Me Time. Minutes later, our meeting turned into an on-the-spot performance after I suggested that I play some songs for him right there in the private wine tasting room. Joey Sykes broke out his guitar and I began to sing. Within minutes a crowd was gathering around and pulling up chairs to watch Joey and I perform, turning my meeting with Stefan into an impromptu country music concert!
After performing 6 or 7 songs for the crowd, people approached me for autographs and the owner of the vineyard gifted us with two of their best bottles of wine, one red and one white. Later that evening we ate dinner at a famous local restaurant called The Hitching Post, where portions of the movie Sideways was filmed.
Our two days in California began and ended perfectly, and the very next day we hopped a plane to Boise Idaho for the next leg of our Me Time radio tour…