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Elisabeth Corrin Maurus (born November 21, 1982),[3] known as Lissie, is an American singer-songwriter. She released her debut EP, "Why You Runnin'", in November 2009. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June 2010. Her second studio album, Back to Forever, was released in October 2013. Her first record as an independent artist, and third studio album, My Wild West, was released February 12, 2016 and went on to receive critical acclaim. Her fourth studio album Castles, was released worldwide on March 23, 2018.

Lissie performing in July 2018
Background information
Birth nameElisabeth Corrin Maurus[1][2]
Born (1982-11-21) November 21, 1982 (age 36)
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2006–present
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

Lissie was born Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, the youngest of four children [4] and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. Her father is a physician and her mother, who is of Swedish ancestry,[5] is an interior designer.[6] She was interested in singing and music from an early age.[7] She played the title role of the musical Annie at the age of nine.[8] "In high school it seems like everyone has more drama than any other time in their life. So that was the time in my life where I really leaned on music as a way to stay sane," she said in an interview.[7]

In her senior year of high school, she was expelled over what she described as "something stupid that I did, but it was sort of like the culmination of just a lot of negative things that had happened".[7] She got her diploma at an alternative outreach center.[9] She spent two years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins,[10] during which time she would open for musicians who visited the city. She collaborated with DJ Harry of SCI Fidelity Records on the song "All My Life", which was featured on television shows House, The O.C., Veronica Mars and Wildfire.[9] After spending a semester in Paris, she finished her studies to pursue a career in music. In 2007, she produced a four-song EP that received some airplay on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.[9]


Lissie playing guitar

In early 2008, Lenny Kravitz invited her to be the opening act for his Love Revolution Tour, after a friend tipped him about her MySpace page.[9][10][11] Later that year, "The Longest Road", a song she co-wrote with DJ Morgan Page reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. "We met under that idea that he was going to remix a song of mine ... But we decided to work on a new song together", she told the Quad-City Times. The Deadmau5 remix of the track was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category.[12]

Her EP, Why You Runnin', produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, was released in November 2009 on Fat Possum.[13][14] One of the songs, "Oh Mississippi" was co-written with Ed Harcourt, whom she met through a mutual friend.[15] The EP was listed amongst Paste magazine's "Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009".[16] In early 2010, she toured various venues in the United Kingdom supporting Ohio-born singer-songwriter Joshua Radin.

Lissie signed with Sony Music UK's Columbia Records. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released on 21 June 2010.[17] The album was recorded in Nashville in 2009 and produced by Jacquire King.[18] The first single from the album, "In Sleep", was selected as Track of The Day by Q on 13 March 2010.[19] A second single, "When I'm Alone," was released alongside the album; it would later be chosen by iTunes UK as their song of the year 2010.[20]

In August 2010, her single "Cuckoo" was voted overwhelmingly to be the Record of the Week by listeners of expat radio station Heart FM Spain (, as a result of listener feedback, Lissie and the album "Catching A Tiger" was featured throughout the week of August 23 to 27. The single was also added to the "A" level playlist on BBC Radio 2 giving it around twenty plays a week on the UK's most popular station.[21] The Cuckoo EP includes Lissie's live version of "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, which became popular online before being included on the release.[22]

She appeared on BBC radio's The Great British Songbook series on August 31, 2010, performing a cover of "Stairway to Heaven". The host of the show, Simon Mayo, described it as "breathtaking".[citation needed]

On November 15, 2010, her fourth single, "Everywhere I Go", was released.

Her song "Little Lovin" was featured in the Season 2 promo for Justified on FX.

She opened for Tom Petty in the nationally acclaimed benefit concert for new L.A. radio station 88.5 KCSN.

On May 2, 2011, VH1 added her to their exclusive "VH1 You Oughta Know Artists List" (which previously awarded artists to this very limited list include the standard of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Mumford & Sons, Etc.).

On June 6, 2011, her song Worried About, from her EP Catching A Tiger was featured in hit TV series, Switched at Birth

Lissie is featured on at least 4 tracks on Snow Patrol's album Fallen Empires, released in November 2011.[23]

Her cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' found prominence in early 2012, when it was used in a Twinings advert and in the film Safe Haven. The song was also used as a theme for the BBC Radio 4 reading of Iain Banks's Stonemouth, read by David Tennant. The song was also featured in the closing moments of the first-season finale for "Good Behavior" in 2017.[24]

Another opportunity to place another one of her songs into another movie occurred that same year of 2012 when she (Lissie) was allowed to place the song, "Live Your Life Right", into the film Won't Back Down starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Holly Hunter.

Her cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" was featured in Guy Mariano's part in the Girl and Chocolate skateboards video 'Pretty Sweet'.

Lissie appeared on "Losers", the closing song on Take the Crown by British singer Robbie Williams, released November 2, 2012. The album was produced by Garret Lee who produced Lissie's second album, Back to Forever.

On May 11, 2013, she released her first single of the year, "Shameless".

On July 21, 2013 she released her video of the song Further Away (Romance Police) written by Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, Jim Irvin and Julian Emery and produced by Garret Lee, the second single from her album Back to Forever.

On October 9, 2013 she played The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performing the song "Further Away (Romance Police)".

On October 13, 2013 Lissie released Sleepwalking, the third single from Back to Forever.

On October 31, 2013, she released her fourth single of the year, "They All Want You".

On December 20, 2013, she played The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing the song "Shameless".

Also in 2013, her track "1,2" with a clear Stevie Nicks influence appeared in the film "Paranoia" with Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard, and Harrison Ford.

In February 2014, a fifth single, "The Habit", from "Back To Forever" was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist, and Lissie announced the release in March of an independent EP of cover versions called Cryin' To You, which includes covers of "Mother" by Danzig, Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" and Bob Dylan's "To Ramona".

On November 4, 2015, she announced her new album, My Wild West, would be released February 12, 2016.[25] This would be her first independent self-funded album (as well as her third studio album) of her career.

On the next day, November 5, 2015, she released the first single from the album, "Hero".

On January 15, 2016, she released her first single of the year, "Don't You Give Up On Me".

On March 2, 2016, she released the second single of the year, "Daughters".

On September 30, 2016, she released a live album recorded in London, England, Live At Union Chapel.

On November 30, 2016, she released her third single of the year (Fourth in 2 years from her album "My Wild West"), the song, "Hollywood".

Lissie and her band in 2018

On June 19, 2017, she released a new Summer single, "Boyfriend".

She appeared on the Showtime television show Twin Peaks on August 13, 2017, performing her song "Wild West" live at the Roadhouse.

In October 2017, Lissie featured as a guest artist on the Norwegian band a-ha's acoustic album, MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice, singing "I've Been Losing You" with a-ha's Morten Harket.

On December 1, 2017, together with the announcement of her fourth studio album, Castles, she released her second single of the year, Blood And Muscle.[citation needed]

On January 19, 2018, she released her first single of that year, "Best Days", which features a sample of "How's It Going To Be" by Third Eye Blind.

On March 9, 2018, she released her second single of the year, "Love Blows".

Her second album as an independent artist, and her fourth studio album, Castles, was released on March 23, 2018.

On November 16, 2018, she released her first studio recorded Christmas song with her cover of the song, "Peace On Earth" (Lissie had earlier on her album, "Live At Union Chapel", recorded a live Christmas recording when she covered Joni Mitchell's Christmas classic "River".).

On April 3, 2019, she performed live on Radio 2 on the Elton John Piano.

Personal lifeEdit

Lissie in 2018

Lissie lives on a farm in northeast Iowa, moving there from Ojai, California, in 2015. She is a fan of fantasy literature, citing His Dark Materials and the Harry Potter series as favorites.[7]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award[citation needed] Nominated Work Category Result
2010 iTunes (UK) When I'm Alone Song of the Year Won
Paste magazine Herself Best New Solo Artist Won
Bad Romance, Pursuit of Happiness Cover of the Year Won
Q Awards Herself Best Breakthrough Artist Nominated


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  4. ^ BBC Radio 2 interview for "Tracks of my Years" : 18th June 2018
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  16. ^ Maddux, Rachael (22 December 2009). "The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009". Paste. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  17. ^ Rose, Greg (25 May 2010). "Lissie and Ellie Goulding duet at Great Escape". Virgin Records. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ Lester, Paul (12 February 2010). "Lissie (No 725)". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  19. ^ "Lissie – In Sleep – Track Of The Day". Q. 13 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. ^ ""When I'm Alone" has been chosen by iTunes UK as their SONG OF THE YEAR!!". iTunes. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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  24. ^ "'Good Behavior' Season Finale Postmortem".
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  26. ^ ""Best Days" from Castles by Lissie on iTunes". 23 March 2018.
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