Lisa-Rae – Therapy @bougierae_November 25, 2019
Lisa-Rae’s 7-track EP “Therapy” tells a story of overcoming the visceral lows and highs of relationships. The EP opens with an introduction that refers to her relationship with music as therapeutic and it’s what she considers her ode to music. The combination of emotive beats and melodies exposes her vulnerability in tracks such as Pretty Eyes Lie and Down Fall. Conversely, tracks like Get Right Get Left and I Got Me delivers a message of fortitude through her sassy lyrics.
Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Lisa-Rae developed a passion for music at a very young age. At the age of 8 she began learning how to play the violin and took singing lessons, which she continued with throughout grade school. Growing up in the 90’s her interest focused primarily in Hip-Hop/R&B. She was influenced by artists such as Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, Lauryn Hill, TLC, Tupac, Outkast, and more.
“I remember bugging my mom to take me to every concert that came to town. It was something about watching each artist live and being able to vibe out with a crowd that kept my aspiration to become an artist alive but I never made the move, nor did I tell anyone about this hidden dream of mine.”
Lisa-Rae attended college at San Francisco State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and began a career in debt and structured finance. “I always felt I’ve missed my chance at a career in music.” She would make the occasional comment about recording a song in a joking manner to friends and family but no one realized the seriousness through her jokes. It wasn’t until November of 2018 that she changed her prerogative on her “missed chance” and decided to compose and record her first song.
In only 10 months Lisa-Rae released her debut EP, Therapy, available now on all streaming platforms. Her dedication has led to over ten performances at local venues in Oakland and San Francisco, two music video releases with over 3,000 views on YouTube, and she continues to grow a local fan base. Despite the delay in pursuing music, her work ethic and passion is shown through the milestones achieved in such a short amount of time and only contributes to the fact that it’s never too late to go after any aspirations in life.