Lisa Nora was raised in a musical family. Her father and mother are professional musicians who always rehearsed in the living room. Lisa and her younger sister were always surrounded by the British and Celtic music that her parents made and performed. The love for folk music started here, which has become the foundation for Lisa Nora's music.
At the time she was thirteen, she, like many other teenage girls, listened to the music of the popular English boybands, singer/songwriters and musicians around 2012. This has led to her playing the guitar along with the piano, and she expanded her song-writing and music style: the addition of pop and country music besides her initial style of folk music.
Over the years, Lisa Nora has developed as a singer/songwriter. At the beginning of 2016, she started to perform small shows with her own songs and covers. She participated in a couple of talent contests which she won, and got in contact with people and artists such as Giel Beelen, Karin Bloemen and Gavin James. She has performed on the Dutch radio as well: a few times on 3FM and twice on NPO Radio 2.
In the fall of 2016, she discovered the beautiful initiative of 'Art Rocks'. Of the 5 museums that took part, Lisa Nora chose the “Tropenmuseum” in Amsterdam. She had to write a song connected to an artwork. Lisa chose a drawing about slavery, signed by J.G. Stedman. With her song 'Once A Slave', she won the final in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The jury of professionals, who cover all the different disciplines in the music and art world, had unanimously rated Lisa’s song as number one. The jury's statement said:
“She has been able to turn this big and heavy theme into a small and vulnerable song, in which hope conquers all.” - Jury Art Rocks 2016.
In May of 2016, Lisa Nora recorded her first EP 'Like A Stone' at a unique location in Hamburg, where a little old house had been converted into a brand-new studio, hence the name 'Granny's House'. Lisa Nora was one of the first artists to record here, accompanied by Manfred Faust and Torsten Eichten. The EP consists of four songs; Like A Stone, Locked Your Love, Run Away, and Where Does Time Go.
Lisa Nora's debut EP has been released on September 14th , 2017. In the fall of 2017, she has been on tour with Popronde, a big festival in multiple cities in The Netherlands. She has done a little over 20 gigs in 2 months.
On April 21st, 2018, she released her single 'Old Man's Hat' because of Record Store Day. She has also been the support act of Nick & Simon on June 28th. In August, she will go on tour with Horizontoer, which is a touring festival going along the islands Vlieland and Ameland.
Lisa Nora is performing with her sister as her backing vocalist nowadays, which takes her back to her roots once again. If you told her back then that one day she would follow her parents into the music world, she would have laughed, as she sat in the living room next to her sister, dreaming away to their parents' beautiful words being turned into melodies.