Two-time Blues Music Award winning artist Lisa Mann hails from blues-soaked Portland, Oregon. Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues and Americana balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves deliver the solidness of a Muscle Shoals Swamper or a Funk Brother.
Her influences run the gamut, from low down blues sisters Etta James and Koko Taylor, to singer-songwriters like Bonnie Raitt and R&B belters like Little Milton. She writes the majority of her recorded material, and her songs paint pictures of a gritty (and sometimes humorous) personal experience in life, love and the not-always-pretty music business.
While Lisa leads her own powerhouse band, she has also performed with many Northwest greats, such as the late Paul Delay, Lloyd Jones, Kevin Selfe, Ben Rice, Karen Lovely, and Sonny “Smokin’” Hess, as well as national greats Sugaray Rayford, Johnny Rawls, Annika Chambers, and more. She often lends her bass grooves and musical direction to Sonny Hess’ NW Women’s Rhythm and Blues Revue, a very popular showcase at festivals such as the Waterfront Blues Fest, and at Musicians for the Cure’s annual cancer charity Christmas show. Lisa also participates as a Musician Mentor for the neuro-diverse, differently-abled performers of United By Music North America (ubmna.org).
Lisa’s vocals appear on Canadian blues master Bill Johnson’s Juno Award nominated CD, Still Blue. (www.billjohnsonblues.com), as well as on the soundtrack to the movie Woodstock or Bust (2019). She also lent her voice and bass to acclaimed symphonic rock project Cry for Eden. (www.cryforeden.com), and has released a traditional metal album The Poisoner under the pseudonym White Crone (www.whitecrone.com). Currently she is the lead vocalist for Portland’s own traditional metal band Splintered Throne (www.splinteredthrone.com)
- Song “It’s the Monkeys or Me” First Place in Blues category, Unsigned Only Music Competition – 2021
- Album Old Girl hits Billboard Blues Chart Top Ten – 2020
- European Blues Award nominee for Best Live Performance – 2018
- Oregon Music Hall of Fame – NW Recording of the Year – Hard Times, Bad Decisions – 2017
- Blues Music Awards, Instrumentalist-Bass – 2015 & 2016
- Blues Blast Sean Costello Rising Star Award – 2014
- Blues 411 Jimi Award, Best Rock/Blues Release – Move On – 2014
- Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame