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Lisa McCormick

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Contemporary folk


Most recent release, Love Changes Everything (2014)

See also:

Lisa McCormick's Home Page

Wikipedia's entry on Lisa McCormick

CD Baby's page for Lisa McCormick


She has the wry sense of humour of Patty Larkin and a lyric ability to equal Carrie Newcomer's. One reviewer also compared her album to Susan Werner's Last of the Good Straight Girls, a comparison I wouldn't necessarily have made for myself but I think it's fair. (Sherlyn.Koo)

Covers/own material:

Own material

General comments:

Although she's only got one album out so far, I think Lisa McCormick is going to go far. She's good friends with Jonathan Edwards—they've toured together and he also signed her to his label and produced her album. Lisa's music is sort of a Generation X-er's take on life in the 1990s—lots of offbeat humour, combined with moments of startling insight. She also covers a diverse range of topics, from sex to boredom to relationships, all given a unique and original twist. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for Lisa McCormick! (Sherlyn.Koo)

Recommended first album:

Right Now


  • Right Now (1996)
  • Seven Solos (1998)
  • Sacred (1999)
  • Mystery Girl (2003)
  • Talisman Groove (2007)
  • Levitate (single, 2012)
  • Love Changes Everything (2014)

Right Now

Release info:

1996—Rising Records—RR10103


Available in the U.S.

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for folk fans.

Group members:

Lisa McCormick—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Guest artists:

Gary Burke—drums, percussion
Jonathan Edwards—electric guitar, harmonica, vocals, whistle, mandolin, tambourine
Rhonda Ferguson—vocals
Duke Levine—electric guitar, mandola
Graham Maby—bass
Hugh McDonald—bass
Rose Odom—vocals
Linda Watkins—vocals
Kenny White—Hammond B-3 organ, electric guitar, piano

Produced by:

Jonathan Edwards


According to Lisa McCormick's web site, critics are falling all over themselves for Lisa's debut album Right Now, and from the first few seconds of the album it's obvious why. Wit, wry humour and an astounding way with words, along with Jonathan Edwards' excellent production, combine to make this one of the best debut albums I've ever heard. I was hooked from the opening track "Right Now", which examines some of the things that are happening around the world right now—"somebody sees the ocean for the first time", "summoned souls are lifting from their skins", "thousands of lowered voices are talking to god". Other standout tracks include "Gotta Go", which describes the way telephones can bring families closer together while pushing people away at the same time; "Sex and Consequences", a funky look at, well, sex and its many consequences; and "If Anything Ever Happens", which asks questions such as "If anything ever happens—what would happen next?" I can't recommend this album highly enough! Go buy it. (Sherlyn.Koo)

Thanks to Sherlyn Koo for work on this entry.

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