Lisa Origliasso

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Lisa Origliasso
Lisa Origliasso 2012.jpg
Origliasso at the Snow White & the Huntsman movie premiere, Sydney Australia 2012.
Background information
Birth name Lisa Marie Origliasso[1]
Born (1984-12-25) 25 December 1984 (age 29)[1]
Albany Creek, Queensland
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Electro rock, pop punk, rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, synthesizer, piano
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sire, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts The Veronicas, Jessica Origliasso, Dead Cool Dropouts
Website www.theveronicas.com

Lisa Marie Origliasso (/ʊərɪɡˈlɑːs/ oor-ig-LAH-soh;) (born 25 December 1984) is an Australian singer-songwriter, actress and fashion designer. Born and raised in Albany Creek, Queensland she, alongside twin sister Jessica Origliasso, performed in show business at a young age. Origliasso rose to fame in the 2000s when she and her sister formed the rock duo The Veronicas.[2]

Prior to The Veronicas, Origliasso had a small career in acting. In 2001, she had a recurring role in the children's television series Cybergirl as Sapphire Buxton.[2][3] In 2007, she co-designed a fashion line with her sister, called The Veronicas, aimed at girls aged 7–14, for Target.[4] Origliasso has been endorsed by Nu:U, Calvin Klein, Keds and Estée Lauder[5][6][7][8] Staff.

In late 2011 Origliasso started a group called the Dead Cool Dropouts with her friend Tyler Bryant, mostly done using GarageBand on a Macintosh computer. They have released an EP of songs, titled "Write You Off", "Green Eyes Make Me Blue", and "Criminal Heart".[9]

Biography[edit]

1984–03: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Lisa Marie Origliasso was born in Queensland, Australia, the youngest child of Joseph and Colleen Origliasso. Her twin sister Jessica was born one minute apart from her,[10] and their older brother, Julian Origliasso, is a music manager who manages their duo The Veronicas.[11] They were raised in Albany Creek, Queensland, and attended both Ferny Grove State High School and Wavell State High School.[12][13]

The Origliasso sisters began their career at the age of five, performing at awards shows and sporting events as the Origliasso Twins, changing their name to "Lisa & Jessica" in their teen years, under which they released three albums.[2] At age sixteen, Lisa and Jessica ventured into acting, being cast in a small role in the children's television series Cybergirl, as villains Emerald and Sapphire Buxton, respectively.[14] In 2003, they formed another band with two of their friends called Teal and released a single called "Baby It's Over".[2][14]

2004–10: The Veronicas and Dead Cool Dropouts[edit]

Lisa and Jessica impressed music executive Hayden Bell with their demo tracks, and were signed to Excalibur Productions Australia as song writers in 2004. After being signed to Sydney based independent record label Engine Room Recordings, they received funding to travel around the world to write and record demos with other songwriters.[15] During this trip, they co-wrote songs that would be released by other artists, including: "What's Going On?" by Casey Donovan,[16] "All About Us" by t.A.T.u.[17] and "Faded" by Kate DeAraugo (also covered by Cascada).[18] By the end of 2004 they travelled to America and signed with Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music for a deal worth $2 million.[14][15] Taking their name from a line in the film Heathers (1988), they called themselves The Veronicas.[19] However the name was also connected to the Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge, leading to the owners suing them for trademark infringement,[20] but resulted in a settlement which included the sisters appearing in the comics.[21]

The following year, they released their debut album The Secret Life of... (2005), which spawned their first major hit "4ever" peaking at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and certified platinum, denoting 70,000 copies shipped in Australia.[22][23] The album sold almost half a million copies world wide[24][25] and earned them an ARIA Award for Best Pop Release.[26] In 2007 they released their second album Hook Me Up and its eponymous single scored them their first number one hit on the ARIA Charts and was certified platinum.[27][28] The following single, "Untouched" became their global breakthrough song, reaching the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top twenty in seven other countries, including number one in Ireland.[29] It went on to be certified platinum in the United States, with over one million digital downloads.[30] They embarked on the Revenge Is Sweeter tour, their first to go global, which began in February 2009 and ended December.

In 2010, after concluding the tour, Lisa and Jessica decided to take a six month hiatus from the duo.[31] Having promoted their second album since 2007, they were "ready to move on" wanting to "discover whether they could create separately as well as individually."[32] Lisa spent her time listening to blues music and eventually travelled to Nashville to write,[31] teaming up with American singer Tyler Bryant to form the Dead Cool Dropouts.[33] They posted songs on their Tumblr account, which included "Green Eyes Make Me Blue", "Criminal Heart", "Write You Off", "Blame it on Me",[34] "Playing for Keeps" and "Ju Ju Ya Ya".[35]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2006, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso joined Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a charity that deals with the protection of animals and their natural environments.[36]

The two sisters also joined a "Wear it with Pride" campaign to reform same-sex laws in Australia for the 85 legislative changes made in 2010 to overturn discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. The campaign involved them wearing numbered T-shirts representing each legislative change.[37]

In 2010 the two were honoured as "Wildlife Warriors of the year" for their efforts in publicizing animal protection and conservation on a worldwide scale.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography: The Veronicas". Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jeffries, David. "The Veronicas biography at Allmusic". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jessica Origliasso filmography at IMDB". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Kathy McCabe. The Veronicas Target check-out chic News.com.au. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  5. ^ Glam Look For The Veronicas popdirt.com. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  6. ^ Staff. In concert: The Veronicas kelowna.com. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  7. ^ Staff. Keds Goes on the Road With Pop-Rock Group 'The Veronicas' top40-charts.com. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2] Outside source with musical evidence and links to sources of these songs
  10. ^ Lee, Reta. "The Veronicas meet the press in KL". MSN. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (24 December 2010). "Veronicas' Jess and Lisa Origliasso loyal to their Brisbane hairdresser". The Courier-Mail. Queensland Newspapers (News Corporation). Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Ferny Grove State High School: Magazine (1998). p. 70. "2nd Place: Lisa and Jessica Origlasso with a song and dance" 
  13. ^ "Wavell State High School". Government of Queensland - Department of Education, Training and Employment. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c Lamb, Bill. "The Veronicas Profile at About.com". About.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Staff (16 July 2005). "Twins peak in double quick time". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  16. ^ ""What's Going On?" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "'All About Us' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  18. ^ ""Faded" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  19. ^ Paco, Matt (9 March 2006). "News – You Hear It First". MTV. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  20. ^ Drever, Andrew (26 August 2005). "Overarching action". The Age. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Donovan, Patrick (9 December 2005). "Smart, savvy, very classy". The Age. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Medien, Steffen. "The Veronicas - '4ever' (song)". Australian Charts Portal. (Hung Medien). Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  24. ^ "The New Global Hot Spots". Billboard 119: 35. 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Brandle, Lars (2009). "Twin Peaks". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 121: 36. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Year: 2006: 20th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  27. ^ Medien, Steffen. "The Veronicas - 'Hook Me Up' (song)". Australian Charts Portal. (Hung Medien). Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  29. ^ "The Veronicas - Untouched - Music Charts". αCharts.us. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  30. ^ Cashmere, Paul (26 February 2009). "The Veronicas, One Million Americans Touched By Untouched". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  31. ^ a b Bub, Adam (26 July 2012). "Double trouble: The Veronicas want to pash One Direction's Harry Styles because he 'likes older women'". MusicFix. ninemsn. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  32. ^ Wigney, James (26 July 2012). "Lolitas, pumpkins and Veronicas". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times (News Corporation)). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  33. ^ "Dead Cool Dropouts". Tumblr. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  34. ^ ""Blame it on me" - Dead Cool Dropouts video". NME. IPC Media (Time Inc.). Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  35. ^ "Dead Cool Dropouts- JU JU YA YA video". NME. IPC Media (Time Inc.). Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  36. ^ Wildlife Warriors – The Veronicas Are saving the animals, with a little help from Steve Irwin
  37. ^ Jonathon Moran. NatBass sings for gay marriage Daily Telegraph. Accessed 2 February 2010.
  38. ^ Furler, Mark (1 April 2010). "Australia Zoo celebrates its 40th". Sunshine Coast Daily (APN News & Media). Retrieved 2010-06-03. 

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