BSCkids recently got the chance to interview country music star, Lisa Matassa. Her holiday single, “Christmas Song” video ranked number 1 on the CMT holiday video list and number 2 on their top videos of the week.
Lisa was once known as Lysa Lynn when she was apart of Emergency Records for dance/pop music. She had hits like “I’ve Got The Hots For You” and “Rock Me Baby.” She later switched to the country/pop scene, her original musical love. Her new LP, Sunrise Highway was released digitally on December 1st. She also has an EP called Me Time that debuted March 31st, 2011. She recently recorded the holiday classic “Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” with the Broadway Youth Ensemble for a release this upcoming holiday season.
BSCkids: Lisa Matassa
How did it feel to reach #1 on the CMT holiday video list?
I was so excited and honored to be on the list alongside Taylor Swift and Toby Keith! I knew country radio had been playing the Christmas Song for a few weeks already so I wasn’t too surprised to see that the video was getting so many hits – I was just shocked to actually see my name up on the list!
What is your favorite Christmas song to hear at the holidays and why?
I’ve always loved the “Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and I would listen to the Nat King Cole Christmas album over and over again during the holidays. It was so much fun recording this song and putting a little country spin on it.
What can you tell us about your new full-length cd?
My “Sunrise Highway” LP is a labor of love. Every song on this album reflects personal experiences and things I have gone through in my life up until this point. I believe many people will relate to most of the songs on this album.
So, you worked for the Broadway Youth Ensemble. What was the best experience you had while working with them?
These kids are wonderful! They are so talented and have the best work ethic too. We had a blast filming the video to the Christmas Song – I think the highlight of the day was when my management came in with 3-dozen donuts and the kids just went crazy for them! It was a great day and I hope to work with them again very soon.
What singer would you most like to work with if possible?
There are so many singers on my “wish list” I would love to work with (Carrie, Keith, Trace, Miranda, Blake to name a few) but if I had to choose just one singer, I would say Taylor Swift because I think it could be pretty interesting to sing a song about the points of view women experience at different ages in life.
When does your tour across the US begin?
I’ve been on a national radio tour since June so I’ve been lucky to tour a lot of the US the past few months. Fortunately, we resume these radio tours again in January when we start the promotion for my “Sunrise Highway” LP.
What is the most awkward thing that has happened to you since you became so well known?
The most awkward has to be when I was recently asked by a male fan to please autograph his right cheek with a sharpie pen … and I don’t mean the cheek on his face. LOL!
Why did you make the switch from dance/pop music to the country music scene?
I’ve been listening to country music since I was a young girl living in Florida, so when we moved to New York when I was 16, there were no radio stations playing country music at that time. I had to adjust to the music scene and when I was offered a record deal at 19 with Emergency Records, I took it and jumped into freestyle dance music. It was a great experience for me but I’m just so glad that now I get to sing the music I always loved and relate the most to.
If music hadn’t worked out, what profession would you choose?
I love animals, all kinds of animals – so I believe I would be working with them in some way.
What is the most important message you try to get out to your listeners?
I want people to realize that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams … you never want to say “what if” … you should want to say “why not”!