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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]

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]

On November 4, 2015, she announced her new album, My Wild West, would be released February 12, 2016.[25]

An edited version of her song 'Wild West' was featured in the third season of Twin Peaks.

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


  1. ^ "Lissie Maurus on Twitter: "@middlenamegame corrin"". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  2. ^ "Lissie - Everywhere I Go Lyrics". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Lissie Biography & Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  4. ^ BBC Radio 2 interview for "Tracks of my Years" : 18th June 2018
  5. ^ "Lissie". Radar Magazine News. 28 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Interview: Lissie". Stereofox. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  7. ^ a b c d "Lissie Interview". PopCultureMadness. 11 February 2008. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Reilly, Dan (3 March 2010). "Lissie Interview: SXSW 2010 – Spinner". Spinner. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d "Lissie". 22 December 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  10. ^ a b Burke, David (9 May 2008). "Rock Island native Lissie hits Billboard's charts". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  11. ^ Pais, Matt (9 November 2009). "Local Q&A: Lissie". Metromix Chicago. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  12. ^ "2009 Dance Grammy Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  13. ^ Grepperud, Amund (10 February 2010). "Lydverket elsker: Lissie" (in Norwegian). Lydverket. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  14. ^ Martin, Gavin (2 April 2010). "Lissie Maurus is full of true rebel country spirit". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  15. ^ Petro, Cristopher. "SPOTLIGHT: Lissie Maurus". Performer Magazine. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  21. ^ "Radio 2 - Playlist". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  22. ^ "Lissie - A little bit country and a whole lot rock'n'roll". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  23. ^ "News | Clash Magazine". 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  24. ^ "'Good Behavior' Season Finale Postmortem".
  25. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  26. ^ "Lissie: When I'm Alone. The Piano Retrospective review – stick to the original". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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