Lisala Beatty : vocals

Lisala Beatty, vocalsA vocal­ist, song­writer and pro­duc­er, Lisala Beat­ty has a sig­na­ture Funk/Hip-Hop/­Jazz sound she calls “Grit Soul.” Her voice is sanc­ti­fied by lush motifs that call vocal pio­neers Ella Fitzger­ald, Whit­ney Hous­ton and the Clark Sis­ters to mind. She blends vin­tage heart stir­ring vocals with inven­tive song­writ­ing. Hers is the sound you’ve been lis­ten­ing for.

Lisala emerged as a solo artist in her native New York City with a self pro­duced, inde­pen­dent release enti­tled “Get It” in 2003 fea­tur­ing esteemed musi­cians such as Vijay Iyer, Bri­an Jackson(Gil Scott-Heron) and Kirk Dou­glas (The Roots). Her emo­tion­al­ly raw song “Last Tear” was fea­tured on sev­er­al soul com­pi­la­tions, and her inno­v­a­tive ren­di­tion of “Tell Me Some­thing Good” got the leg­endary croon­er Cha­ka Kahn to take notice and seek Lisala’s song­writ­ing tal­ents.

For near­ly two decades, Lisala has been a fea­tured vocal­ist in Burnt Sug­ar. She toured France and Cana­da in 2015 with the The Black Rock Coalition’s all female Orches­tra, salut­ing pio­neer Black female song­writ­ers. There, Lisala debuted some of her newest com­po­si­tions. Her vocals were fea­tured on rap­per Jadakiss’ song “I Tried” from his 2009 Island/Def Jam release and she sang and co-wrote a song with producer/artist Angela John­son enti­tled “Walkin” which appeared in an episode of A&E’s dra­ma “The Glades” in 2012. Lisala’s soar­ing vocals are also fea­tured on record­ings in the dance world by DJ Ambrosia as well as the 2015 sin­gle release “The Way Love Is” pro­duced by DJ Moon Rock­et.

Off stage, this Whar­ton School of Busi­ness grad is the Pro­gram Man­ag­er of NYC’s largest music edu­ca­tion non- prof­it pro­gram called Music and the Brain (MATB). MATB pro­vides cur­ricu­lum and piano key­boards to teach young school stu­dents to read music and devel­op piano skills as part of their core aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion. Since 1997, MATB has ben­e­fit­ted more than 400,000 stu­dents in more than 275 pub­lic schools. Lisala’s voice and arrange­ments are fea­tured on hun­dreds of record­ings used in class­rooms through­out NYC and beyond.

With live per­for­mances riv­et­ing audi­ences in France, Eng­land, Spain, Rus­sia, Italy, Japan and the US, Lisala deliv­ers bold cre­ativ­i­ty through her com­po­si­tions. Lisala is cur­rent­ly writ­ing and record­ing new music.