Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Bluesy jazz.
RIYL: Anya Marina, Molly Jenson, Jewel, Tristan Prettyman, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Sue Palmer, Sacha Boutros, Cathryn Beeks, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds
- "Street Hits Road" · July 19, 2007
- "Utopian Atmosphere" · Sept. 28, 2006
- "Rootsy Americana" · Feb. 17, 2005
Influences: Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Gregory Page, Bob Dylan, Mary Gauthier, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, EmmyLou Harris, Aretha Franklin, Berkley Hart, I See Hawks, Sue Palmer, Sarah Petite, Marcia Claire
Lisa Sanders grew up in Philadelphia. “My earliest memories about music,” she says, “begin with my mom bringing home a hi-fi and 45 [rpm] records, mostly Motown.” After moving with her family to San Diego, she began writing commercial jingles in L.A., where she was approached to write songs for the Jacksons, though that group’s recording and touring plans never materialized.
After early open-mike performances at Java Joe’s and the Metaphor Cafe, she was signed in 1998 by MCA Records. Her debut album Isn’t Life Fine was produced by Steve Poltz.
In early 2013, she appeared on a new CD called Angel Songs, a charity album recorded to raise funds for Newtown, CT victims that also includes locals Randi Driscoll and Tim Flannery. She won a National Association Of Professional Women Legacy Award in 2014. Her album 20 Year Essential debuted in February 2017.
Her 8th CD release with Brown Sugar, Shiver, was nominated at the San Diego Music Awards for Best Pop Album.