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Lisbee Stainton is the 26 year-old singer-songwriter known as 'The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar', who has been writing songs for 17 years.
She graduated in 2009 from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a degree in Popular Music and her first album release under her belt, 'Firefly', produced by Guildford-based producer, Rain
Lisbee originally launched her career in 2007, when she became the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play London's O2 Arena, performing two shows to 30,000 people.
However, it wasn't until BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson asked Lisbee for a copy of her single 'Red' after hearing it on her MySpace page that the ball really started rolling. Describing Lisbee on air as "a serious young talent", it was Robinson's support that led to her debut single 'Red' eventually being playlisted by BBC Radio 2 in January 2009.
The subsequent release of Lisbee's second album 'Girl On An Unmade Bed', which was produced by Rupert Christie (U2, Greenday, Lou Reed, Echo and the Bunnymen, Fisherman's Friends) and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, announced the arrival of a serious songwriting talent. A second single, 'Never Quite An Angel', was also playlisted by Radio 2, while the album's third single, 'Just Like Me', was voted 'Record of The Week' on BBC 6Music's Radcliffe & Maconie Show.
'Girl On An Unmade Bed' subsequently received a barrage of critical acclaim from the UK's national and music press, and its success brought Lisbee to the attention of Joan Armatrading, who personally chose Lisbee to be the main support act for her extensive 73-date tour of the UK and mainland Europe, including a sold-out home-town concert at The Royal Albert Hall.
Shortly afterwards, Lisbee was a featured artist on BBC Radio 2's prestigious 'In Concert' series, before embarking on a forty-four-date headline European tour, which was quickly followed by dates supporting Belgian star Tom Dice and The Maverick's Raul Malo, who personally invited Lisbee to join him onstage for a duet.
In the Spring of 2011, as the finishing touches were being added to Lisbee's third album, 'Go', Paul Carrack invited her to be the main support act for his tour of mainland Europe, declaring Lisbee as "the new Joni Mitchell".
'Wrench', the first single taken from 'Go', was released in August 2011 and was described by The Daily Mirror's Gavin Martin as, "A tantalising glimpse of the new music Lisbee has been developing..."
At the beginning of 2013, Lisbee went out on her own headline tour of the UK before more touring with Seth Lakeman and playing festivals throughout the summer, including Glastonbury, Cropredy, Looe music festival and Beautiful Days.
Recorded at Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, Wales, and produced by Mikko Gordon (Lana Del Ray, Chris Difford) and Rupert Christie (U2, Coldplay, Lou Reed), Lisbee released the fourth widely acclaimed album of her career ,‘Word Games’, in November 2013. Seth Lakeman’s and Lisbee’s fruitful onstage partnership led to the pair co-writing two songs on the album, ‘Madron’s Well’ and ‘The Journey’, with Lakeman also contributing vocals, viola and bouzouki throughout the album’s recording. The album’s opening track and first single, ‘Red Dog Running’, is another co-write, with Lisbee teaming-up with her guitarist Simon Johnson, and producer Rupert Christie. Lisbee also co-wrote the track ‘Make Me Stay’ with Irish star Eleanor McEvoy (‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, ‘Sophie’), who was special guest on Lisbee’s tour to support its release - her biggest headline tour yet. Lisbee will continue to tour 'Word Games' all over the UK throughout 2014.
Lisbee Stainton's star continues its rise.
"Bound for glory.an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting" - The Times
"Cultured folk pop" - The Independent on Sunday
"An edifying experience" - The Daily Mirror
"Impressive" - The Daily Express
"Lisbee's appeal is clear: slowly revolving rhythms, wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice." – MOJO
“a terrific singer and songwriter” - R2 Magazine
“A unique genre-less artist who is slowly but surely making her global mark. The suits who choose the Mercury prize nomination albums should take note.”- Maverick Magazine