January 30th, 2020 6pm Stage 1
A diverse singer-songwriter with jazz influences, Lisa Bell shifts gears with her fifth release, Back Seat (release date September 6, 2019). It’s the most potent album of the singer/songwriter’s career, nodding to the influences that have helped sharpen her own sound — including laidback R&B, melodic soul, and American roots music — while also pushing into contemporary, Triple A-friendly territory. Gluing the mix together are Bell’s expressive voice and ever-evolving writing chops, which combine to tell the story of an empty nester who, having spent years raising her children, is ready to climb back into the driver’s seat and chase down new dreams. Written and recorded in her native Colorado, Back Seat is laced with electric piano, guitar, sax, and the sound of an artist who’s found her own lane.
Lisa Bell, who has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has performed as the opening act for the JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival, on the same bill as Christopher Cross and Boney James. She also played as the opening act twice for guitar great Stanley Jordan, as well as for Oleta Adams and has been featured in “Jazz On The Tracks” performances aboard scenic trains touring through the Rocky Mountains. She performs across the country at venues large and small, and has toured Italy with her original music.