Wales grew up in Valley and studied at the Arizona State University. Lissa Wales was known for her photographs of drummers that she documented in twenty years. Their recordings were published in magazines in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Wales developed leukemia. At a big benefit concert, held on 10 September 2005, she was honored at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, organized by Troy Luccketta (of the band Tesla), with the following drummers playing together: Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Danny Seraphine (first drummer of Chicago), Billy Ashbaugh (NSYNC), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge / Rod Stewart ), Jimmy DeGrasso (ex - Megadeth), Ken Mary (House of Lords) and Dom Famularo (World Educator).
As a tribute to Wales, the 2009 book by Jules Follet Sticks 'n' Skins featured photos and biographies of over 500 drummers.
- "Drumpics.com about Lissa Wales and her photography". www.drumpics.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "Celebrity Theatre: Benefit Concert for Lissa Wales". archive.azcentral.com. 2005. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "Drum stars gather to celebrate a book and a legend". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
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