Thursday, September 29, 2022

20 questions with Lisa Richard

Meet Halifax-based country singer-songwriter, Lisa Richard.

Meet Halifax-based country singer-songwriter, Lisa Richard.

Lisa's sophomore album Promises Kept is out on May 27.
Lisa’s sophomore album, Promises Kept, is now available.

Lisa’s sophomore album Promises Kept is now available.

You can find out more about Lisa’s music online at lisarichardmusic.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram. and Spotify.

20 Questions with Lisa Richard

1. Your first job.

My first job getting paid $4 an hour was at a local take-out called Seaside Takeout. I could walk to work which was great because I was 14. I peeled a lot of potatoes and flipped many burgers while making sure the kids had change for the arcade machines and pool tables. I loved it.

2. The job you always wanted as a child?

I wanted to be a singer, and I wanted to be a doctor. After a near-death experience with a collision and a moose in northern New Brunswick, I decided to pursue a career as a doctor of chiropractic. I was always involved with music throughout my nine years of study, especially in Toronto. I had so many opportunities to connect with other musicians and artists. I made my way with the original music scene and a band called Perrys Slice and played every venue in Toronto from The HorseShoe Tavern, Lees Palace, The Opra House and Breakfast TV. You can find that video still on YouTube.

3. Your pet peeve.

People who can only see the negative side of everything … it’s exhausting.

4. Your hero.

Constable Lloyd Harquail. He saved my life after the accident with the moose. Now that’s a story!

He was another student at the time and ran to the car to see if he could help as the other kids involved thought I had already passed on after being crushed in the car. He stayed with me for almost an hour until help arrived. He never gave up on me. I will never forget what he did for me. He went on to become a paramedic after that incident and then an RCMP officer. I am proud to say he is my very dear friend.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

Chocolate and spa days … not necessarily in that order!

6. One thing no one knows about you.

I had to think quite a bit about this one. I tried to set up a lobster parade festival when I was about eight years old and successfully raised money for the event until my parents found out. Everyone got their money back.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My guitar, Thai food and Long Island ice tea.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Loyal.

9. If they made a movie about your life, who would it star?

Cher.

10. Hero or villain?

Hero.

11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

You only get one ticket for this roller coaster ride. Enjoy the ride!

12. The last book you read.

Stomping Tom biography.

13. The song getting the most play on your Spotify playlist right now.

Together.

14. If you were a cartoon character, what cartoon character would you be?

She-Ra: Princess of Power

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

No stone left unturned.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Anne Murray.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Making music with my friends.

18. What do you see yourself doing 20 years into the future?

Stay the course, be happy, and everything will work out eventually.

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Growing up in New Mills, New Brunswick, with a population of less than 100. Some of my best childhood memories were about hanging out with my dear friends. We were always up to something, and there never seemed to be a dull moment.

20. To be or not to be?

That is the question! To be your true authentic self is the key. Your friends will always be there and give support in both good and challenging times. No one is perfect, and we are all trying to do the best we can with each situation with the information we have at the time. Be kind and be patient. Music, hugs and smiles are very therapeutic for everyone.

Meet Lisa Richard

Hailing from New Brunswick and now living in Halifax, Lisa Richard is a country singer-songwriter who captivates listeners with her powerful vocal range and true passion for music. She’s been called ‘a soulful Anne Murray.’ Lisa is a 2015 CBC Searchlight top 10 regional contest winner and a multiple Josie Music Award Nominee from 2017 to 2021. She was nominated for Country Artist of the Year at the 2018 Nova Scotia Music Awards and was selected for the Songbird Supper Series Showcase at the 2019 East Coast Music Awards. She was also nominated for multiple International Singer-Songwriters Association Awards in 2019 (Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Female Rising Star, Female Singer of the Year and Female Songwriter of the Year).

While in Nashville for the Josie’s, she had the opportunity to perform ‘Jolene,’ live with Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers and has joined them several times on her return trips to Nashville. The music video for ‘Fisherman’s Daughter ‘was featured at the 2017 & 2018 New Brunswick Film Festival.

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