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Restless Soul

by Lisa Nemzo

Acoustic electro rock with influences of pop and jazz. A passionate singer, songwriter and musician. She will inspire and transport you through songs of relationships, love and life.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Restless Soul
5:05 $0.99
2. Walking in the Rain
4:52 $0.99
3. Goodbye to You
3:32 $0.99
4. Find a Way
3:37 $0.99
5. Every Teardrop
4:11 $0.99
6. Angel
4:37 $0.99
7. Don't You Walk Away
4:43 $0.99
8. It Took a While
3:22 $0.99
9. I Dream of You
3:42 $0.99
10. Million Miles
1:54 $0.99
11. I'm No Longer Guilty
4:22 $0.99
12. If There Was a Way
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lisa Nemzo is an artist's artist. You will always find other songwriters, dancers, poets, in her audience. Why? Because she dares to go where most others think about, but never would. Nemzo's lyrics speak about experiences of life, her life, that take us right to the edge of our secret hiding places. There is an unmistakable willingness to be vulnerable and passionate, yet mysterious. Just as soon as you think you know Lisa and feel that old familiar feeling, she becomes elusive and dives into another world exploring and creating.

Power-folk with influences of jazz and rock define her sound. She plays a twelve string Adamas & Rickenbacker guitar and a six-string Baritone Avante Alvarez.

There is sensuality in the relationship between Lisa's clear sultry voice and her rhythmically-driving hypnotic guitar style that carries her listeners into their own journeys. You can be sure; you never come out of her live performances the same!

Lisa's new recording, "Unlock My Heart" will be available June 2009, in vinyl, CD in September. She produces other artists and occasionally collaborates in songwriting. For bookings and information, please direct all communication to:


"An immeasurable musical talent."
- Michael Rivers, Victory Review.

"The lady's right hand will totally wipe you out." - Performance Magazine
[See what they are talking about in this excerpt from our webcast from Billboard Live (now called The Key Club) to see a live performance of
"Try and Run from Lisa's Strangers in Paradise CD!]

"In this age of pre-fab boy bands and audio-animatronic chanteuses who are bred for teen stardom, the whole concept of songwriting is taking a serious backseat to high-priced hairdressers and well-funded PR agencies who coach the young'uns on the right way to answer the question, "What's your favorite cereal?" (correct answer: Wheaties, just in case a box cover can be procured). This isn't exactly a new thang, of course. Hell, "One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater" wasn't exactly a landmark in songwriting, but at least there were other valid artists clogging the airwaves at the same time to balance out the dreck. These days however, the song is about the last thing any record exec cares about. It's on the priority list just below making sure that they've got enough Post-It Notes for the rest of the day.

This is exactly why Lisa Nemzo's Restless Soul comes as a breath of fresh air. Hey! A songwriter! What a novel concept! Lisa's songs are well-crafted journeys into a world of light folk songs that almost float away on a perfect pop cloud. Incorporating complex sonics and Celtic instrumentation into her music, Lisa separates herself from the glut of Lilith Faire-types that merely sit at a microphone and gently pluck their guitar. Songs such as "Goodbye To You," "Angel," "Every Teardrop," and the lead-off track "Restless Soul" are superb forays into classic songwriting that'll move you like a good Joni Mitchell track. The album's centerpiece however is "Million Miles," a hushed vocal accompanied solely by a distant keyboard that echoes some of Sinead O'Connor's impassioned material.

Ably backed by session pros Steve Farris (ex-guitarist for Mr. Mister), Denny Fongheiser (drummer for Tracy Chapman, Brian Setzer, Counting Crows) and others, this is an expertly played, produced and written album that soars due to Lisa's crystalline, expressive vocals and her incredible knack for crafting memorable songs with heart and passion."
- Jeff Watson, Artist Underground, July 5, 2000

When I first heard the song "Restless Soul" I was transported. It was as if all of my Irish ancestry had gathered with the intention of making sure I heard something necessary for my existence. This song is powerful! The songs on this CD are varied and dynamic. No two are alike yet each seems to be a part of a bigger (spiritual) journey, life. Lisa Nemzo's voice is strong and passionate. Her lyrics are compelling. Like her lyrics, the melodies will draw you in and carry you to a new place and time. I recommend this CD to anyone who loves that feeling you get when great songs invite to journey on.
- Elaine Dempsey Mill Valley, CA, AMAZON .COM, June 14, 2000

"Waves of hurdy gurdy, 12-string guitar, Irish drums, recorder, vocals borrowed from heaven alone...get a hold of this CD if for no other reason than to feel washed over by 'Restless Soul.' Call KCBS and request! Nemzo sets up a mighty high standard right from the start...impeccable production, an emotive voice, and haunting images. 'Take me down the mountain slowly...the road, she takes her toll...Hold me in your arms, oh, I need you calm my restless soul.' Most cuts find sophisticated pop rock sounds (All-star back-up!) supporting honest lyrics. Former Northwesterner, Nemzo shares a journey through pain, relationships, yearning, and healing love. A few of the lyrics seem to depend on a live performance to measure up to the standards she herself has set. Her physical presence would elevate words that seem too straightforward ('It Took A While,' 'Don't Walk Away') in comparison with her stronger pictures ('I'm coming home, so light a fire, imagine our embrace,' from 'Million Miles.') Lisa Nemzo - an immeasurable musical talent! Here's hoping she continues to listen to the beauty of her own 'Restless Soul."
- Michael Rivers, VICTORY REVIEW Monthly Acoustic Music Magazine

"Lisa Nemzo addresses a different kind of drought and rebirth in the inspiring 'Restless Soul,' a gospel-influenced song about a barren spirit that finds comfort and new life in the embrace of a greater love. It is perhaps most compelling because the feeling, rather than the specific inspiration, is conveyed, allowing each listener to relate a personal meaning."
- Brett W. Perkins, FAST FOLK Musical Magazine

Lisa Nemzo has invested her new album, "Restless Soul," with poetry, impeccable musicianship and the unmistakable passion which has marked her music throughout a productive career. As the first release on her own Little Chicken Music label, and her first self-produced effort, the album represents an important breakthrough for her. Fittingly, it has already garnered high praise. Nemzo's work is about intense songwriting, soaring vocals and an arresting, distinctive technique on 12-string guitar applied to jazz, folk and rock influences. These qualities are the hallmarks of "Restless Soul."

Lisa collaborated with a variety of co-producers and accomplished musicians, skillfully laying down the 12 tracks that comprise the album. Beautiful melodies and strong emotions characterize the songs, from the reflective, haunting, folk-influenced "Restless Soul" to the dynamic "Walking In The Rain" and the poignant "I Dream Of You," inspired by her late father, to whom the album is dedicated, and co-produced by Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp. On other tracks she was aided by Denny Fongheiser (Counting Crows, Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin and others), Denise Gentilini and Marc Platt.

Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Nemzo has become a musical "citizen of the world" over the course of time, gaining firm footholds in her three "home" regions of the U.S., Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and her native New England, plus Europe, Asia and Australia. She's released hit records in Europe, guested on major artist releases, performed on movie soundtracks and toured extensively, both headlining and sharing the bill with top attractions such as Depeche Mode, Heart, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Ray Charles.

Growing up in a musical family, Lisa was steeped in jazz, classical, pop and folk music, having been exposed to a wide range of artists at the famed annual Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. By the time she was 16, she was an accomplished guitarist and playing professionally.

After studying composition and arranging in college, Lisa relocated to the west coast and turned professional in earnest. Eventually, there were recording contracts, club and concert tours, television and radio appearances, the breakthrough overseas, and all the ups and downs associated with every bit of it. In the wake of this intensity, Nemzo relocated to the Pacific Northwest to recharge. Working with cellist Ritambhara Tyson as Strangers in Paradise, she recorded "Captured," a live album highlighting her own compositions. It achieved substantial sales and airplay in the region and in Canada.

Lisa Nemzo's music is a powerful vehicle for ideas and feelings that represent who she is as a person.

"I'm fascinated by the process of communication," she explains, "and the transformation of consciousness. I'm more interested in what's going on on the inside than what's going on externally, but I'm also a real observer of people and things. I get a lot of inspiration for my writing that way."

Nemzo is adamant on a couple of points: she wants to make a difference and be around people making a difference, and she puts a premium on honesty.

"Honesty is different than truth. You can't argue with everybody else's truth, you can only have your own."

With "Restless Soul," Lisa Nemzo is doing exactly that and much, much more.

Albums/ CD & Cassette:
LAWIM 2008 Best of Compilation

Restless Soul - Lisa Nemzo, produced by Lisa Nemzo; Little Chicken Music, Los Angeles, CA.

LAWiM - Los Angeles Women in Music Compilation: Volume 1, Restless Soul, Indie Nation ©1999

A Dream Come True - Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, Produced by Lisa Nemzo; Little Chicken Music, 1999.

Captured - Strangers in Paradise, produced by Lisa Nemzo and Ritambhara Tyson; Albatross Records, Seattle, WA

Angel - Lisa Nemzo, produced by Christian de Walden and Steve Singer; Metronome/Polygram Records, Europe.

Out Of Desire - Lisa Nemzo, produced by Derek Nakamoto, Peter White and Lisa Nemzo; Metronome/Polygram Records, Europe.

Tough Girls Can Be Pretty - Lisa Nemzo, produced by Henry Lewy and Tony Peluso; Metronome/Polygram Records, Europe.

Singles and Others:

Restless Soul - Lisa Nemzo, featured in Fast Folk magazine, vol. 7, no. 8., Los Angeles, CA

I Don't Wanna Fool With Love - Lisa Nemzo; Metronome/Polygram... Walking On Ice - Lisa Nemzo; Metronome/Polygram.

Hard For A Girl Like Me - Lisa Nemzo; Metronome/Polygram. Staying With It - Lisa Nemzo with Firefall; Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y.

Hot Summer Nights - Lisa Nemzo with Harvey Mason on "Stone Mason", produced by Harvey Mason and Lee Ritenour; Alfa Records, Asia/Australia.

Film Soundtracks:
Jenny Mc Carthy - Playboy Video featuring "Find A Way" from CD Restless Soul.

Karate Kid - "Feel The Night" - Lisa Nemzo, produced by Brooks Arthur and Bill Conti.

Mi Angel - Recorded by Marta Sanchez on Mi Mundo; Polygram/Spanish

Short Cut - Recorded by Tanya Tucker on Here's To Love & Greatest Hits, M.C.A. Records, Nashville, Tn.

Turn To Me - recorded by Audrey Landers, released in Europe.

Who Told You - recorded by Brigette Nielsen, released in Europe.

Short Cut - recorded by Tanya Tucker on "Here's To Love" and "Greatest Hits".

Concerts, clubs, television and radio in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan including appearances with:

Bonnie Raitt, Vonda Shephard, Freebo, Heart, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, B.B. King, Valerie Carter, Donovan, David Crosby, Ry Cooder, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Peter White, Chicago and more...

Bookings and other information:
Dream Wild Records
Phone: 310-281-8525 /818-427-8447

Lisa endorses:
LaBella Strings
Alvarez Guitars
Ovation Guitars
Rickenbacker Guitars



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