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Lisa began writing and recording her own songs and in September 2008 released her debut solo album Sea Sew in Ireland.
It was a critical and commercial success and garnered the singer-songwriter a Choice Music Prize nomination and a Best Irish Female Artist in the end-of-year Hotpress Readers’ Poll Awards.
I’m lucky in that the people I’m working with I’ve known for years and years.” The band regularly gets together for jam sessions and out of these come ideas for the live show.
One of the hits of the recent US tour was Lisa’s rocking version of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’.
In 2006 the County Meath-born songstress provided vocals on Rice’s second album 9 but by then the cracks in their partnership were beginning to show.
Early the following year Rice announced his professional relationship with Lisa had “run its creative course” and their collaboration had ended.
It was a fitting endorsement and highlighted that Lisa was a serious contender for the award.
JUST UNDER 10 years ago Lisa Hannigan drifted into the public consciousness as the otherworldly backing vocalist in Damien Rice’s band and featured prominently on Rice’s chart-topping debut album O.
Over time though Lisa began to shimmy into the spotlight more and more and many earmarked her as potentially an accomplished artist in her own right.
Over the past year Lisa’s musical talents have shone through and she rounds off a busy 2009 with an extensive Irish tour which takes in a performance at The Live Lounge in The Radisson Blu Hotel on Tuesday December 8 at 8pm.
The year began with the release of Sea Sew in America through Dave Matthews’ ATO Records.