Lisa MatassaCountry musicians come from all parts of America these days, but Lisa Matassa has one cool distinction in this arena: She's considered "Long Island's first bona fide country artist!"
The singer-songwriter, who was born in New York but raised in Florida, has had an indirect path to country music. Although she grew up loving (and singing) the genre, her career originally took a pop path--she put out two top-10 dance hits while still in her teens, and toured with the likes of Taylor Dayne and Brenda K. Starr. Realizing that her true love was country music, she made the switch to where her creative heart lay, and has released three country albums to date. Her latest, Somebody's Baby, is garnering attention for the title track, which is climbing the charts and attracting ears with its unique rockin' country hybrid sound.
We had the opportunity to talk to Matassa about her new music, the fact that she's not Nashville based, and how she has managed to blend all her musical influences so successfully. Enjoy!
Our Country: There is a lot of discussion about how you are a country artist from Long Island. Given that country music is so widespread in popularity these days--and there are artists in the genre from basically all over the country now--do you find that your NY heritage is less of a talking point?
Lisa Matassa: It definitely continues to intrigue people a bit when they hear I live on Long Island. Once they hear how much country music influenced me as a little girl growing up in South Florida, I think my current place of residence no longer becomes an issue. As far as I'm concerned, country music is America's music regardless of where you hang your hat.
Read More »from Long Island’s Lisa Matassa Proves That New York Country Girls Rock