Mayers was born to sing! She got her first keyboard as a toddler and
when it became evident that she could pick out a melody and sing, her
parents further encouraged her by upgrading her through numerous
musical toys, organs, and investing in a piano and classical lessons
for her from the age of eight. Even if her West Indian parents could
not see the far-reaching results of this, God could. Growing up in
commuter-belt, Home Counties England, as one of the few Black girls
in her respectable Catholic ladies college, she quickly established
herself as the big mouth with the big voice who was voted ’most
likely to become famous’ in the class of ‘93! She listened and
harmonised along to “whatever was on the radio”. Be it the pop,
rock or dance music of the major national stations, or the classic
soul, hip hop, house, r&b or dancehall from whatever London
pirate radio stations she could pick up. Clearly, her love for all
music has shaped Lisa Mayers’ eclectic sound.
the inevitable talent shows, clubs and stage performances started
happening during her heady student days, it seemed that Lisa was
heading in the direction of many a young black UK hopeful. Her gritty
sound was compared to Faith Evans and Mary J Blige and she was being
touted for great things. However beneath the surface it bothered her
greatly that she could not write her own songs, no matter how hard
she tried. She hated singing mediocre cover versions of songs that
she could not feel. It wasn’t until her encounter with God in 1997
that the creative juices really began to flow. In those formative
years Lisa’s ability to write a strong song became apparent when in
the comparative safety of her local church, girl-quartet ‘4 His
Glory’ was formed. Over the course of time, one by one each member
was called elsewhere but Lisa continued to flourish and grow as a
solo artist. What was intended as a toe-dip into the gospel scene,
quickly escalated when her now-classic gospel house anthem, 'Not Only
Human' got her to the finals in Premier Christian Radio's Songsearch
competition in 2003. Doors began to fly open for appearances on God
TV and Revelation and having the support of UK Gospel DJs and
broadcasters, she gained regular airplay on BBC specialist gospel
shows nationwide with her 2006 EP Feels So Good/We'll Overcome.
through important life issues such as motherhood,
miscarriage, redundancy, and dealing with family crises such as her
Over the years, many songs have flowed from Lisa’s experiences and
deep heartfelt desire to share, encourage, and inspire others to
faith in the Son of God. Essentially
heart, she's been quietly beavering away at worship leading, music
and choir directing at her longtime church, Cornerstone in North West
her seven children with her husband, guitarist and producer Phil
she can be forgiven for not
a body of material that now spans
seventeen years. “I only ever want to release timeless, good
God-music,” says she, “By
God's grace I'll
complete and release 'Fix Your Mind' in whatever format
I'm led to...when God allows me the window of time to give it the
promotion and attention it needs. I'm glad for the delay as the music
industry and how people access music is changing.” At
the moment, it's
looking less like an album in the traditional sense but more like
progressive releases of EPs grouped
that will culminate as a finished product, a place
where a multitude of musical memories and expressions are found, from
classical to rock, from fusion and acid-jazz to the rare-groove and
soul ‘club classic’ vibe.
‘Feels So Good/We’ll Overcome’, the double A-Side single, and 'Lifeline' are just tasters to whet your appetite for what’s to come, so grab your copies now!
See the Get Music
page for more info and downloads.
Listen to Lisa on Agape Internet Radio.
Lisa recently visted the Agape Internet Radio studio for an interview and to play some tracks. Listen as Lisa shares about her life as a musical mum, and answers some quick fire questions!
Listen back to the show Part 1 - Part 2
Listen to Lisa "Live" on Premier Christian Radio with Bridgitte Tetteh.
Continuing her summer promotion, Lisa joined Bridgitte Tetteh on Premier Radio's "Drive Time". Listen as Lisa talks candidly about her life as an overcomer, and performs live in the studio!
Listen to back the show here.
Listen to Lisa "Live" on Colourful Radio with DJ Elayne Smith.
Lisa joined popular DJ Elayne Smith on Colourful Radio's "Afternoon Delight". Listen as Lisa talks candidly about her life, her mission, her music, and also previews material from her forthcoming album.
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