Lisa Maffia (born 16 June 1979) is a British singer-songwriter, musician, rapper, actress, fashion designer, model and presenter, who originally came to the public's attention as the main female member of So Solid Crew. Whilst in So Solid Crew, the singer notched up five top 20 hits, including a platinum-selling single "21 Seconds" and a platinum selling album They Don't Know. As a solo artist, she has released two top 10 singles and an award-winning album including the platinum selling single "All Over". Her most recent release to date, was 2017’s "Wah Gwarn". Maffia is mixed race, born to a half-Italian mother and a Jamaican father. Often referred to as the "Queen of UK Garage", she is credited as one of the most influential acts within the UK Garage music scene.
|Birth name||Lisa Maffia|
|Born||16 June 1979|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop, UK garage, electro house|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, fashion designer, presenter|
|Member of||So Solid Crew|
Maffia was born in Brixton, London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and Anglo-Italian mother, and raised by the latter, Shirley Maffia. Through her mother, Maffia is a second cousin of actress Louisa Lytton – Maffia's mother Shirley and Lytton's mother Jane Nastri are first cousins Maffia has a daughter, Chelsea, born when she was 18. She trained in Latin, ballroom, tap and modern dancing and practised gymnastics as a child. She attended Norwood School in West Norwood. Maffia then went on to Brixton College to do a diploma in Photography and Art & Design. In 2000, Maffia got her career debut when she added her vocals to the So Solid Crew track, "Oh No".
On 6 August 2001, whilst with So Solid Crew, "21 Seconds" was released. It reached number one in the United Kingdom in August 2001. The single also won Best British Video at the 2002 BRIT Awards. With the success of "21 Seconds", the crew went on to release their debut album They Don't Know which ending up going platinum.
On 21 April 2003, departing from the So Solid Crew, Maffia made her debut at number 2 with "All Over". It spent three weeks in the top 10. She then released "In Love" which reached number 13. This led to the singer releasing her debut solo album, First Lady. Promo for the album included support slots for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Ashanti, Loudbankcoast, Ja Rule, Daniel Bedingfield and Blue. The album failed to reach the success of its singles reaching number 44 in the UK Albums Chart, and led her to leave her record label. Maffia also performed her single "All Over" at the MOBO Awards. Taking a break from music, Maffia took part in the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games. She earned a silver medal behind Kirsty Gallacher. After The Games, Maffia set up her own independent record label, Maffia Recordz, on which she released her underground single "Shake 4 Daddy" and signed acts such as North Star and Romeo. The label also signed the soundtrack to the film, Rollin with the Nines.
In May 2007, Maffia announced on her official Myspace that she has been recording her upcoming album at the Murlyn Studios, known to have penned songs for Christina Milian, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and others. On 10 September, Maffia released her single "Bad Girl"; whilst the single reached 36 and number 4 in the overall dance charts, the single had success over Europe leading to Maffia doing a European tour. On 20 August 2008, it was announced Maffia would participate in ITV2's CelebAir where cameras followed Maffia and other celebrities as they work as air hostesses. Maffia won CelebAir on 23 October 2008.
Maffia updated via Twitter that she recorded every other week (during January 2009 to August 2009), working with various producers including Roger Sanchez and Bloodshy & Avant and to expect a surprise US star. She also recorded four songs for the comeback album of So Solid Crew including "Since You Went Away", the video of which was shot in June 2009.
In January 2010, Maffia released and toured with So Solid Crew on their single "Since You Went Away". The track reached the top 10 in the independent singles chart, leading to various performances on Big Brother's Big Mouth, Channel 5's Five Live and Radio One's Live Lounge. With the success of the track, it was announced on Maffia's official Twitter that there would be one final album from So Solid Crew, and to also expect more albums from Maffia herself, with her next solo album to be expected in 2012. She also launched her fashion boutique House of Maffia.
In March 2012, Maffia announced her underground single titled "Don't Stop the Music", featuring Maffia Recordz signees MC Romeo and Tyler Daley. Its worldwide premiere was aired on BBC'S 1Xtra on 8 April 2012, and then went on to be released in July 2012. On 22 July, Maffia announced via Twitter she would be teaming up with Aggro Santos on a new track produced by Paul Morrell. Maffia also appeared on Peter Andre's album Angels & Demons on a track titled "X".
In July 2017, Maffia premiered the first single from her new album on BBC's 1Xtra, "Wah Gwarn". Maffia also announced she would be executive producer for UK film Little Lighty, the first film to be produced under Maffia Media (Lisa's production company). In 2019, she presented her own music cooking show on BritAsia TV called Certified.
In December 2021, Maffia announced via Instagram her a new EP will be released in September 2023, and the release of her debut autobiography in 2024.
- MOBO Awards
- Brit Awards
- Best British Video (with So Solid Crew) for "21 Seconds" – winner
- Best British Newcomer (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
- Best British Single (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
- MOBO Awards
- Best UK Garage Act (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
- Dancestar World Dance Music Awards
- Best UK Garage Act – winner
- MOBO Awards
- Best UK Garage Act – winner
- Best UK Act – nominated
- Best UK Newcomer – nominated
- MOBO Awards
- Best UK Garage Act (with So Solid Crew) – winner
- Black Magic Awards
- Music Honour — winner
Concert tours edit
|2003||Blues & Soul/First Lady Tour||1 April 2003 – 20 July 2003 (England)||30|
|The First Lady Tour (also known as the Blues & Soul Tour) was a series of short concert-like promotional appearances at University and club-type venues by Lisa Maffia that took place from April to July 2003.|
|2013||They Don't Know Tour||21 March 2013 – 5 October 2013 (England)
|The They Don't Know Tour is Lisa Maffia's first official tour with So Solid Crew. Dates are: 21 March 2013 – IndigO2, London 2 October 2013 – Waterfront, Norwich, 3 October 2013 – The Institute, Birmingham, 4 October 2013 – The Ritz, Manchester, 5 October 2013 – The O2 Arena, London|
- The Living Dead (2020)
- Time To Collect (2021)
- RoadGirl (2023)
- This Is So Solid (2001)
- 25 Years of UK Garage (2022)
- Top of the Pops (2001, 2002, 2003)
- MOBO Awards (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013)
- BRIT Awards (2002)
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2003)
- CDUK (2003)
- Spring Break Live (2003)
- Smile (2003)
- The Games (2004)
- Never Mind The Buzzcocks (2004, 2008)
- Liquid News (2004)
- Hell’s Kitchen (2004)
- Big Brother’s Big Mouth (2004, 2005)
- Deadline (2007)
- CelebAir-Winner (2008)
- Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (2009)
- The Real Hustle (2009)
- Celebrity Big Brother’s Big Mouth (2010)
- Live From Studio Five (2010)
- The Wright Stuff (2010)
- Celebrity Juice (2012)
- When Television Goes Horribly Wrong (2017)
- Certified with Lisa Maffia (2018)
- Don’t Hate The Playaz (2018)
- Pointless Celebrities (2018, 2019)
- Celebrity Coach Trip (2019)-Joint winner with Mutya Buena
- The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins (2019)
- Loose Women (2019)
- Trace Vault (2020, 2022)
- Celebrity Hunted (2022)
- Celeb MMA (2022)
- Good Morning Britain (2022)
Having modelled for Vogue, Elle and a range of women's and men's magazines, Maffia has also appeared in magazine polls. She ranked No. 91 (2002) in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women and ranked No. 77 (2002) in Loaded's Hot 100 Babes. In September 2007, Maffia was voted number 33 in the top 50 sexiest brunettes poll in Nuts magazine.
Business and ventures edit
In 2012, Lisa founded her own interior design & home staging company, House Of Maffia.
In 2020, Lisa launched Salon 48, a hair & beauty salon in Margate. The same year she also opened Lyrical UK, a music industry personalised message service featuring artists from the UK Garage scene.
In 2022, Lisa announced via Good Morning Britain the release of Rum Maffia, a line of alcoholic beverages.
- First Lady (2003)
|2000||"Oh No (Sentimental Things) / Dilemma" (with So Solid Crew)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||They Don't Know|
|2000||"No Good 4 Me" (Oxide & Neutrino feat. Megaman, Romeo & Lisa Maffia)||6||—||3||—||—||—||—||Execute|
|2001||"21 Seconds" (with So Solid Crew)||1||1||1||—||—||45||9||They Don't Know|
|2002||"Romeo Dunn" (Romeo featuring Lisa Maffia, Tiger S & Thug Angel)||3||2||—||—||—||—||20||Solid Love|
|2003||"All Over"||2||1||—||42||23||42||9||First Lady|
|"Women of the World"||77||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"Shake 4 Daddy"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2007||"Bad Girl (At Night)" (Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia)||36||—||4||—||—||—||31||Non-album single|
|2010||"Since You Went Away" (So Solid Crew feat. Lisa Maffia and MC Romeo)||82||—||10||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2012||"Don't Stop the Music" (Lisa Maffia feat. MC Romeo and Tyler Daley)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2017||"Wah Gwarn"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
Guest appearances edit
- Deeper Part 2 - Romeo feat. Lisa Maffia
- X - Peter Andre feat. Lisa Maffia
- Walk This Way - Rev Run feat. Lisa Maffia Released: 2014
- Shine - FooR feat. Lisa Maffia
- Bashdrill Remix - Shaqy Dread feat. Lisa Maffia, D-Live, J Kaz, Munie, & Big Zeeks
- Emma Brockes (26 January 2004). "The Monday interview: Lisa Maffia | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Brockes, Emma (26 January 2004). "The Monday interview: Lisa Maffia". The Guardian – via www.theguardian.com.
- "uk.askmen.com". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- "thesituation.co.uk". Archived from the original on 6 April 2009.
- "Lisa Maffia su Apple Music". Music.apple.com.
- Davies, Alex (19 September 2018). "EastEnders' Louisa Lytton's life away from soap – from age to career". Ok.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
- "Wiltshire Clubbing – Lisa Maffia at The Brunel Rooms". BBC. 9 March 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 343. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
-  Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "I'm on CelebAir ... get me out of here!". The Independent. 23 October 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
-  Archived 15 January 2019 at the Wayback Machine October 2014
- "Actors Wanted for Short Film 'Little Lighty' - StarNow". Starnow.co.uk.
- MAFFIA, LISA [@lisamaffiauk] (12 March 2018). ".@BritAsiaTV Certified | Coming soon - Hosted by @lisamaffiauk - Guests @jaysean | @mreazi | @joegrindsn1 | @jernademiah | @djironik | @raxstaruk | @arjunartist | @Paigey_Cakey | @FekkyOfficial | @steelbanglez | @mumzystranger | @realmostackpic.twitter.com/FfohFtzoDr" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 April 2019 – via Twitter.
-  Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Llewellyn, Caspar (30 August 2001). "So Solid Crew in line for three Mobo pop awards". Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Peaks in the UK:
- All except noted: "Lisa Maffia | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "No Good 4 Me": "Oxide & Neutrino ft Megaman | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "21 Seconds" and "Since You Went Away": "So Solid Crew | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "Romeo Dunn": "Romeo | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "Discography Lisa Maffia". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "Discography Lisa Maffia". charts.nz. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- "Discography Lisa Maffia". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 August 2022.
- Official Lisa Maffia Site[permanent dead link]
- Official Lisa Maffia Twitter
- Official Lisa Maffia Myspace