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Lissie live at Odderøya Live 2013.jpg
Lissie performing at Odderøya Live 2013
Background information
Birth name Elisabeth Corrin Maurus[1][2]
Born (1982-11-21) November 21, 1982 (age 33)
Origin Rock Island, Illinois
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts

Elisabeth Corrin Maurus (born November 21, 1982),[3] known as Lissie, is an American folk rock artist and Paste magazine's No. 1 best new solo artist of 2010.[4] She released her debut EP, "Why You Runnin'", in November 2009. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June 2010.

Early life[edit]

Lissie was born Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. Her father is a physician and her mother is an interior designer.[5] She has some Scandinavian ancestry.[6] She was interested in singing and music from an early age.[7] She played the title role of the musical Annie at the age of nine.[8] "In high school it seems like everyone has more drama than any other time in their life. So that was the time in my life where I really leaned on music as a way to stay sane," she said in an interview.[7]

In her senior year of high school, she was expelled over what she described as "something stupid that I did, but it was sort of like the culmination of just a lot of negative things that had happened".[7] She got her diploma at an alternative outreach center.[9] She spent two years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins,[10] during which time she would open for musicians who visited the city. She collaborated with DJ Harry of SCI Fidelity Records on the song "All My Life", which was featured on television shows House, The O.C., Veronica Mars and Wildfire.[9] After spending a semester in Paris, she finished her studies to pursue a career in music. In 2007, she produced a four-song EP that received some airplay on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.[9]


In early 2008, Lenny Kravitz invited her to be the opening act for his Love Revolution Tour, after a friend tipped him about her MySpace page.[9][10][11] Later that year, "The Longest Road", a song she co-wrote with DJ Morgan Page reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. "We met under that idea that he was going to remix a song of mine (...) But we decided to work on a new song together", she told the Quad-City Times. The Deadmau5 remix of the track was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category.[12]

Her EP, "Why You Runnin'", produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, was released in November 2009 on Fat Possum.[13][14] One of the songs, "Oh Mississippi" was co-written with Ed Harcourt, whom she met through a mutual friend.[15] The EP was listed amongst Paste magazine's "Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009".[16] In early 2010, she toured various venues in the United Kingdom supporting Ohio-born singer-songwriter Joshua Radin.

Lissie signed with Sony Music UK's Columbia Records. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released on 21 June 2010.[17] The album was recorded in Nashville in 2009 and produced by Jacquire King.[18] The first single from the album, "In Sleep", was selected as Track of The Day by Q on 13 March 2010.[19] A second single, "When I'm Alone," was released alongside the album; it would later be chosen by iTunes UK as their song of the year 2010.[20]

In August 2010, her single "Cuckoo" was voted overwhelmingly to be the Record of the Week by listeners of expat radio station Heart FM Spain (, as a result of listener feedback, Lissie and the album "Catching A Tiger" was featured throughout the week of August 23 to 27. The single was also added to the "A" level playlist on BBC Radio 2 giving it around twenty plays a week on the UK's most popular station.[21] The "Cuckoo" EP includes Lissie's live version of "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, which became popular online before being included on the release.[22]

She appeared on BBC radio's the Great British Songbook series on August 31, 2010, performing a cover of "Stairway to Heaven." The host of the show, Simon Mayo, described as "breathtaking".[citation needed]

Her song "Little Lovin" was featured in the Season 2 promo for Justified on FX.

She opened for Tom Petty in the nationally acclaimed benefit concert for new L.A. radio station 88.5 KCSN.

Lissie is featured on at least 4 tracks on Snow Patrol's album Fallen Empires, released in November 2011.[23]

Her cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' found prominence in early 2012, when it was used in a Twinings advert and in the film Safe Haven. The song was also used as a theme for the BBC Radio 4 reading of Iain Banks's Stonemouth, read by David Tennant.

Her cover of Kid Cudi's 'Pursuit of Happiness' was featured in Guy Mariano's part in the Girl and Chocolate skateboards video 'Pretty Sweet'.

Lissie appeared on "Losers", the closing song on Take the Crown by British singer Robbie Williams, released November 2, 2012. The album was produced by Garret Lee who produced Lissie's second album, Back To Forever.

On July 21, 2013 she released her video of the song Further Away (Romance Police) written by Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, Jim Irvin and Julian Emery and produced by Garret Lee, the second single from her album Back to Forever.

On October 13, 2013 Lissie released Sleepwalking, the third single from Back to Forever.

In February 2014, a fourth single, "The Habit" was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist, and Lissie announced the release in March of an independent EP of cover versions called Cryin' To You, which includes covers of Mother by Danzig, Drakes's Hold On We're Going Home and Bob Dylan's To Ramona.

On November 4, 2015, she announced her new album, My Wild West, would be released February 12, 2016.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Lissie resides on a 10 acre farm in northeast Iowa, moving there from Ojai California in 2015. She is an avid fan of fantasy literature, citing His Dark Materials and the Harry Potter series as favorites.[7] She has a Lhasa Apso named Byron.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications



Catching a Tiger
  • Released: 21 June 2010
  • Released U.S.: 17 August 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, Vinyl & Digital Download
48 27 66 4 48 71 12 5 5 34
Back to Forever
  • Released U.S.: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • Released UK: October 14, 2013
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, Vinyl & Digital Download
91 3 62 16 160 11 4 31
My Wild West
  • Released U.S.: February 12, 2016
  • Format: CD, Vinyl & Digital Download

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • Released: 7 November 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD&DVD, Digital Download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Folk
US Heat
  • Released: March 2007 (re-released: March 2013)
  • Label: Lionboy Records
  • Format: CD
Why You Runnin' 10 29
Covered Up With Flowers 19 22
Love in the City
  • Released: June 2013
  • Label: Sony Music UK
  • Format: Digital Download
Cryin' to You
  • Released: 10 March 2014
  • Label: independent
  • Format: Digital Download
"—" indicates the album did not chart or wasn't released.


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2010 "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger
"When I'm Alone"[35] 42 2 73 55
"Cuckoo" 81
"Everywhere I Go"
2012 "Go Your Own Way" 52 Covered Up With Flowers
2013 "Shameless" Back To Forever
"Further Away (Romance Police)" 98
"Sleepwalking" 106
2015 "Don't You Give Up On Me" My Wild West
"—" indicates the single did not chart or wasn't released in that country.

Other appearances[edit]

These songs have been released on albums that were not a studio album released by Lissie.

Year Title Type
2004 "All My Life (DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[36] Collision
2007 "Let it Shine"[37] The Simple Life: Camp Songs
"You Are My Sunshine"[37]
"Bright Side"[36] Wedding Daze OST
2008 "The Longest Road"(Morgan Page feat. Lissie)[36] Elevate
2009 "All Be Okay"[38] Beachwood Rockers' Society: Volume 1: Live At Crane's Hollywood Tavern
2010 "When I'm Alone"[39] OST
"The Socialite"(Andy Clockwise feat. Lissie)[40] Are You Well? EP
"Don't Be the One"(George Stanford feat. Lissie)[41] Roll Away EP
"Believe"(Morgan Page feat. Lissie)[42] Believe
"Fight for You"(Morgan Page feat. Lissie)[42]
"Strange Condition"(Morgan Page feat. Lissie)[42]
2011 "No One" (Bigbang feat. Lissie)[43] Epic Scrap Metal
"I'll Never Let Go" (Snow Patrol) Fallen Empires
"The Garden Rules" (Snow Patrol)
"Fallen Empires" (Snow Patrol)
"Those Distant Bells" (Snow Patrol)
2012 "Hands on the Wheel" (Schoolboy Q feat. ASAP Rocky; Lissie Sample)[44] Habits & Contradictions
"Losers" (Robbie Williams) Take the Crown
2015 "Wasted"(Jack Savoretti feat. Lissie)[45] Written In Scars

Songs in other media[edit]

Year Title Type Song
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Film "Something Stupid"(with Peter Dante)[46]
2006 Memory Film "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[47]
The O.C. TV series episode: "The Sister Act" "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[9][48]
Veronica Mars TV series episode: "Look Who's Stalking" "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[9][49]
Who Killed the Electric Car? Documentary "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[36]
2007 Dream It Out Loud Film "Dream It Out Loud"[9]
House TV series episode: "Guardian Angels" "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[9][50]
Moonlight TV series episode: "Arrested Development" "All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[51][52]
Romtelecom TV ad "Bright Side"[9][53][54]
2008 Wedding Daze Film "Bright Side"[9]
Wildfire TV series episode: "The Ties That Bind, Part 1" "All Be Okay"[9]
"All My Life"(DJ Harry feat. Lissie)[9]
2009 Melrose Place TV series episode: "Shoreline" "Fight for You"(Morgan Page feat. Lissie)[55]
2010 90210 TV series episode: "Catch Me If You Cannon" "Everywhere I Go"
Dollhouse TV series episode: "Epitaph 2: The Return" "Everywhere I Go"[56]
Grey's Anatomy TV series episode: "Superfreak" "Worried About"
TV series episode: "Time Warp" "Everywhere I Go"[57]
Justified TV series promo "Little Lovin'"
One Tree Hill TV series episode: "What's in the Ground Belongs to You" "Here Before"[58]
So You Think You Can Dance TV series episode: "1 of 10 Voted Off" "Everywhere I Go"[59]
TV series episode: "Nashville/Dallas + Vegas Callbacks" "Everywhere I Go"[60]
2011 Basketball Wives TV series episode: "Episode 304" "Record Collector"[61]
Hall Pass Film "Everywhere I Go"
Mob Wives TV series episode: "Unfinished Business" "In Sleep"[62]
Parenthood TV series episode: "Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew's Therapist" "In Sleep'"
Switched at Birth TV series episode: "This is Not a Pipe" "Worried About"[63]
Footloose Film "Little Lovin"
2012 Revenge TV series episode: "Duress" "Nothing Else Matters"
Book at Bedtime Radio Series: "Stonemouth" "Go Your Own Way"
Safe Haven Film "Go Your Own Way"
Pretty Sweet Film "Pursuit Of Happiness"
Won't Back Down Film "Live Your Life Right"
2013 Tiger Eyes Film "Everywhere I Go"
Californication TV series episode: "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" "Nothing Else Matters"
The Dirties Film "Pursuit of Happiness"
Paranoia Film "1,2"
2014 Evolve Video game "Mother" (Danzig Cover)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Category Result
2010 iTunes (UK) When I'm Alone Song of the Year Won
Paste magazine Herself Best New Solo Artist Won
Bad Romance, Pursuit of Happiness Cover of the Year Won
Q Awards Herself Best Breakthrough Artist Nominated


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