Lisa Brokop Biography
Last updated: 08/05/2007 11:00:00 AM
A TRUE VOICE CAN'T EVER BE DENIED.
Through the many highs and challenges in a singing career that started when she was just 7 years old, one thing has remained consistent: Lisa Brokop's uncanny ability to touch the hearts and souls of her fans. You can read about it in the reviews. And hear it right from the lips of those who've seen her perform. Those who've shut their eyes, and swayed to her ballads. Those who've whooped and hollered along with Lisa on her up-tempo tunes, like her newest release, "Something Undeniable" from her new album, "Undeniable".
The connection that Canadian singer/songwriter Lisa Brokop has with her fans is something incredible. Awesome. And undeniable, too. Just read some of the notes to Lisa that have been posted on the website:
"...IT IS AWESOME!!! I am absolutely impressed I love the new song and I can't wait until I can go and buy a whole CD of new songs from Lisa. Great job LISA!!"
"I couldn't believe Lisa actually came out and performed literally in the grandstands for us. Once again she had me in awe of her dedication to her fans. The show was awesome...to meet Lisa again, words can't describe how elated I was! Lisa, thank you SO much for caring about your fans enough to walk through mud 2 inches think, and brave the rain and storm to perform for us."
"Something Undeniable is awesome!! I've already listened to it 3 times in the last 15 minutes, I love it."
"Something Undeniable is quite a moving song...as in -- I want to jump in the car, roll down the windows, and drive. Makes me want to shake, rattle, and hop, Ha! But seriously, worth the wait -- and Lisa...YOU are something UNBELIEVABLE!"
THE EARLY YEARS
Lisa Brokop was born near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1973. She first joined her drumming brother and accordion-playing mother onstage at age 7 and learned her chops performing everything from polkas to Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler". Lisa says, "I was totally absorbed with music. I'd run home to practice my guitar after school instead of going out to play."
By age 12 she was sitting in with other Vancouver bands, and went professional at age 15 when she joined the group "Sweetwater". A year later she formed her own band and released "Daddy Sing To Me", the first of a string of teenage singles. At age 17 Lisa won a Canadian songwriting contest, which led to the recording of her debut Canadian album "My Love" in 1991.
As her career gained momentum, Lisa was honoured with a series of awards: the British Columbia Country Music Association (BCCMA) named Lisa its Horizon Award winner and Gospel Performer of the Year; for four consecutive years (1992-1995), she earned the organization's Female Vocalist of the Year award; the International Achievement Award was hers from 1993-1996; and 1995 also brought her awards for Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
A NEW STAGE IN HER CAREER
At 19, Lisa took the film stage for a change, in the lead female role of the feature film "Harmony Cats". The movie, in which Lisa played a country singer who leaves home in search of a big break in Nashville, proved to be prophetic. Shortly after the filming of "Harmony Cats", and on the strength of her very first Nashville showcase, Lisa was signed to Capitol (Liberty) Records. Over the next three years, she released two critically acclaimed albums, "Every Little Girls Dream" and the self-titled "Lisa Brokop", with hits such as "Give Me a Ring Sometime", "Take That", "Before He Kissed Me" and "She Can't Save Him".
A TIME TO FIND HERSELF
In 1996 Lisa reached a crossroads, and she and her record label came to a mutual decision to go their separate ways. Instead of seeking another recording contract immediately, Lisa took some time off to 'find herself' as an artist and as a person. It was a time of introspection, of revelation, of change. She discovered a hidden wellspring of songwriting talent, which gave her renewed self-respect, strength and determination.
"Taking that time off was the best thing I could have done," she says. "It was the first time I was able to focus on writing. I had never done that before. I became so much better as an artist, and as a person."
In 1998, Lisa's hard work paid off when her long awaited album "When You Get To Be You" was released in Canada on Columbia Records. It was an album that many performers twice her age would envy and featured the hits "Better Off Broken", "What's NotTo Love" and "How Do I Let Go".
A TIME FOR RENEWAL
They say you'll never truly tame a wild horse, and that try as you might, you can never really crush the spirit of a survivor. With "Undeniable", Lisa is stepping out on her own; releasing an album that, with the collaboration of some of North America's finest musicians, is her best project to date. Her true, undeniable voice. You'll notice much more soul, maturity and raw emotion, which represent an accurate reflection of Lisa, as she has had full and complete control of this project.
Lisa herself tells us: "This album is a compilation of what I feel are the very best songs I've written in the last year and a half. It amazes me to look back over the years and realize how I have grown as a person and as a songwriter. It seems the more I write, the more I am able to find out things about myself."
The true spirit of a songwriter and singer is something undeniable!