Lisa finds perfect time to Shine with new song release
LISA Stanley, like so many singers and songwriters, has been very creative in these times when we've been shut away from the world outside.
Now she's set to release the fruits of her work, a song called Shine, which she penned 20 years ago but has only now released as a single.
The reimagined, uplifting, melodic song with a soaring chorus has inspiring and hopeful lyrics. It's a very appropriate song for the difficult and unprecedented time the world is experiencing at the moment.
Lisa says: "The reaction to Shine has been very positive so far, and because I've written it, it's even more important to me that it strikes a chord with the public."
This track is the first song from an original EP which she plans to release early next year.
One of Ireland's top female vocalists, Lisa grew up steeped in the world of music and entertainment, as her parents were Irish showbiz legends Maisie McDaniel and Fintan Stanley.
Maisie was one of the earliest female superstars of the Irish country music scene. At the height of her fame, Maisie was a regular guest on Irish TV and had a string of hit records that included Pick Me Up On Your Way Down and Room Full Of Roses.
Bing Crosby heard her recording of Christmas Candles, which was written specially for her, and was so moved by it that he made his own recording of the number for inclusion on an album.
Her dad, Fintan Stanley, is an accordion virtuoso and a master of numerous styles. Fintan had a long and celebrated career in Ireland before emigrating to America.
Over the years, Lisa has carved out a successful career for herself. Her weekly appearances on Spotlight TV hosting her own show, The Lisa Stanley Show, have made her a very well known face with fans across Ireland, the UK and even further afield.
While touring the UK and Ireland extensively with the likes of Nathan Carter, Dominic Kirwan and The Phil Mack Country Music Tours, Lisa built up quite a fan base of her own.
She has four studio albums to her credit, and before our entertainment scene was shut down by the pandemic, Lisa and her five-piece band were regularly touring the UK and Ireland.
Her only daughter, 17-year-old Sofia, had joined the band as backing vocalist and was also performing some of her own songs during the show.
Lisa's new original single, Shine, is out now and available on all digital platforms. For more information go to lisa-stanley.com
Garth Brooks passes on the torch
GARTH Brooks this week announced that he's removing himself from consideration for CMA Entertainer of the Year in America after winning the honour a record seven times in his decades-long career.
"With all the love in the world and all the gratefulness - because the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to the CMAs and everyone who's voted for us - we're officially pulling ourselves out of Entertainer of the Year," Garth revealed.
said it was time to make way for the new generation of country entertainers to be honoured for their achievements, so he's removing himself from the running for this year and all future years.
"It's time for somebody else to hold that award, and know what Entertainer of the Year feels like," Garth said on a Zoom conference.
"We've been lucky enough to carry that award home a number of times, and I feel like it's somebody else's turn."
Despite Garth's official position, it's still possible that his name will end up on the Entertainer of the Year nominee list.