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Lisa Forkish

Lisa grew up in the Pacific Northwest among towering Douglas firs, blackberry brambles, and persistent rain. Her mother's parlor grand piano looked out on the wide Willamette Valley and the Cascade mountains beyond. Lisa studied classical violin throughout her early youth, but after several years, she realized that her greatest joy came from singing. Enchanted by the music of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Fiona Apple, she resolved with all her youthful energy to teach herself to play the piano in order to write songs from her own sweet and eager 11-year-old heart. Now, just 12 years later, Lisa has already had a remarkable career. While working on a degree in Women's and Gender Studies, she was music director, writer, arranger and vocalist for the University of Oregon's award-winning women's a cappella group, Divisi.

A seasoned performer from her years of work in musical theatre and opera productions, symphony, jazz and festival choirs, as well as countless a cappella shows, Lisa decided to take her career to a new level in 2006 when she moved to the opposite coast to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. For two years, under a prestigious and hefty Vocal Performance scholarship, Lisa honed her craft, delving deeper into songwriting, performance, theory and improvisation, all the while performing her original compositions on campus and around the Boston area. Lisa's final semester culminated in the release of her long-awaited debut album, "Between You and Me," available on iTunes and CD Baby, where one reviewer described it as "definitely one of the best albums I have heard in a long time." Currently, Lisa is back on the West Coast, gleefully living the life of a performing singer-composer-pianist, and music teacher, while basking in the utter beauty and unparalleled uniqueness of Portland, Oregon.