|Origin||LaSalle, Québec, Canada|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, soul|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, video producer|
Lavie's early musical influences included her older brothers, hip hop dancer Michael and disk jockey Danny. At age 16 Lavie toured Canada as a backup singer with the French-Canadian hip hop group Dubmatique, after which she recorded her own demo CD. Lavie's demo CD reached the same producer who had co-written Mariah Carey's first album, and Lavie accepted his invitation to move to California to work with him.
In 2007, Lavie began to use the Internet to reach fans and arouse interest of record labels. By October her music video "Angel" was featured on YouTube's front page and became a finalist in the 2007 YouTube Awards music category, Lavie's discovery and video views being noted beyond YouTube itself.
Lavie was one of the first artists to use YouTube to promote her own music before releasing an album. In Lavie's first album, the independently produced Everything or Nothing (2008), Lavie was credited as writing or co-writing all of the lyrics and melodies, including solo songwriter/composer on three tracks. One reviewer wrote that the album's diversity of genres makes the collection feel "erratic, jarring, and difficult to relate to in its entirety," but that Lavie "nails each style with ease, and displays mastery over many different flavored tracks, solidifying her as a true singer."
In February 2010, Lavie produced and performed in the charity collaboration video "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube edition)" for relief of victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, with Diane Sawyer naming the video's contributors ABC News' "Persons of the Week."
Since 2010 Lavie has been a vocalist of contemporary instrumentalist Yanni on his tours, contributing vocal tracks to Yanni's 2012 live-concert CD/DVD and PBS special, Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico.
|Everything or Nothing|
Performances on others' albums or programs
|"If Only I Knew"||2006||Stick It movie soundtrack|
|"The Mockingbird"||2006||The Guardian movie soundtrack|
|"Ode to Humanity" ("Aria")||2012||Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico
Live concert CD/DVD, and PBS special
|"Niki Nana" ("We Are One")|
References and notes
- Boulanger, Pierre, "Lisa Lavie Sparks Internet Phenomenon: 1,000,000 YouTube Hits Just in 5 Days; Word of Mouth Spreads Buzz About Lisa's Amazing Talent" (WebCite archive), Le Messager LaSalle, October 31, 2007.
- "Stick It | Original Soundtrack | Overview (WebCite archive), Allmusic, release date April 11, 2006.
- "The Guardian | Original Soundtrack" | Overview (WebCite archive), Allmusic, release date September 12, 2006.
- eTalk television program, CTV Television Network, November 22, 2007. (video).
- "Obama Girl, Obsessed Britney Spears Fan Among YouTube Video Awards Nominees" (WebCite archive), Fox News / Associated Press, March 20, 2008.
- Entertainment Tonight Canada television program, Global Television Network, October 24, 2007. (video).
- Canada AM television program, CTV Television Network, July 13, 2010. (video).
- Chisling, Matthew, "Everything or Nothing" Overview | Review (WebCite archive), Allmusic, May 16, 2008.
- BMI.com's database (WebCite archive). Click on individual song title for specification of songwriter/composer for that song. Solo-songwriter tracks: "Everything or Nothing," "Falling for You," and "I Saw You Staring".
- "CNN's Josh Levs picks his favorite Viral Video Rewind highlights of 2010" (WebCite archive), CNN Newsroom, December 29, 2010. Textual transcript: "CNN NEWSROOM...Aired December 26, 2010-16:00 ET" (WebCite archive).
- "Diane Sawyer gives props to visionary behind YouTube phenom 'We Are the World 25 For Haiti'" (WebCite archive), USA Today, March 22, 2010.
- WebCite archives of articles mentioning Lavie in Yanni concerts in: Brazil (Sept. 2010), New York (April 2011), Utah (May 2011), Romania (Sept. 2011), United Arab Emirates (Oct. 2011), Oman (Oct. 2011), Puerto Rico (Dec. 2011), California (July 2012), Oman (March 2013), Hungary (April 2013).
- CD/DVD digipack liner credits, SKU 886919528527. ● Also "Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico | Credits" (WebCite archive), Allmusic, AMG PopID R2422046, release date March 27, 2012.
- "PBS Specials | Yanni: Live at El Morro | Preview" (WebCite archive), "Airing March 2012," pbs.org. ● Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey, "Yanni, well-traveled New Age artist, ...'" (WebCite archive), MLive (Michigan), Booth Newspapers, May 1, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lisa Lavie.|
- Main (LisaLavie1) channel on YouTube
- Lisa Lavie on Facebook
- Lisa Lavie on Twitter
- Allmusic credits
- Interviews with Marilyn Beck, The Star Scoop, and Salut Magazin