Performing comes naturally for this Ohio native who grew up in a musical family and has been singing from the moment she could remember. As early as the 6th grade, Lisa played acoustic guitar in church, which branched out into weddings. She has been in a rock & roll band, a wedding band, an alternative Americana band, a bluegrass band, As a member of the long-time folk duo Prairie Orchid, with Sarah Goslee Reed, Biales played over 100 shows a year as an artist-in-schools educational performer, and as she started out, a solo performer. Always writing and performing her own music, Biales started recording in earnest, in 1999. Her first album of original music, Music Box, received national and International airplay and was called “a work of art.” The song "Playing with Angels" from that first CD was number one on the Australian Indie Music Charts in February, 2008. “Music Box showcases an artist of depth and experience,” wrote Dirty Linen In its review.
In 2003, Lisa quit her day job to give her undivided attention to music. “I had just completed a Master’s Degree in Theater from Ohio University and a professor was encouraging me to pursue a PhD," she remembers. “I thought . . . I know I can get the degree, but I’d rather put my energy into something I love, singing and playing the guitar.”
In 2006, Lisa released a second album of original music entitled Chasing Away the Blues, which was produced with Grammy-nominee Celeste Friedman. The album received international attention on the folk and blues scenes and the song “Where the Buckwheat Blooms” topped the International Folk Play list at #32. The song “Take Time” went to #1 in Australia in 2008. Belgian music critic Champaigne Macier called it “A taste of soul, and the blues . . . elements that have ensured true musical art.”
In 2007, Lisa released Come to Me, which was recorded with Nashville producer Gary Scott. Come to Me showcased Lisa’s talent for writing a song that is perfect for her voice and also featured the Beatles tune, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
2008 brought two more recording projects from Lisa. Yellow Shoes was inspired from the one-woman Off-Broadway production that Lisa took to New York in January of that year. Yellow Shoes featured American Roots Music (Folk, Jazz Standards, Blues, and Traditional) and catchy original tunes. Kids love this music, and adults love it too; sing-able, sophisticated songs for the young child, kid tested/parent approved. Hey There was produced by Todd Burge and showcased Lisa’s strong voice, alive with expression, her words kind and truthful. This album was recorded live in her home and sounds as if you were being serenaded in your very own living room.
In 2010, Lisa released Closet Hippie featuring the Lisa Biales Trio, with Doug Hamilton’s amazing violin playing and Michael G. Ronstadt’s equally fabulous cello performance. It included 10 original tunes and two covers, one of which was the Jimi Hendrix classic, ‘Little Wing.” Brian O'Donnell from WNKU radio said, “She has joined the ranks of Sting, Clapton and Stevie Ray with her version of Little Wing.”
In 2012, Lisa released Just Like Honey on her own Big Song Music record label with EG Kight and Paul Hornsby producing the critically acclaimed release. It landed on the Blues, Americana, and Roots charts at #2, #14, and #13 respectively. It also made the Roots Music Report’s top 100 Blues albums of the Year.
In 2013, Lisa’s album Singing In My Soul wins Cincy Blues Challenge Best Self Produced CD of the year and and garnered her a spot at the beloved Cincinnati Blues Fest. The album charted at #10 on the Roots Music Report.
Released in March 2014, Belle of the Blues, also produced by EG Kight and Paul Hornsby, was nominated for a Blues Blast Music award for “Acoustic Album of the Year.”
Dubbed the “Belle of the Blues” for her crystal clear voice and charming stage presence, Biales has released nine albums to date, with her latest, THE BEAT OF MY HEART, dropping in February. It was 70 years in the making…
When I contacted Tony Braunagel to produce this record, I had only one song in mind. It was a song that my Mother wrote. We discovered the 78 RPM fifteen years after she was gone. The record was dated 1947, the place was LA, and the song was Crying Over You by Alberta Roberts.
The record was extremely scratchy, so when we had it cleaned up I was overwhelmed to hear Mom’s incredible voice. It was the voice of a 24 year old woman with her whole life ahead of her, and all of her dreams still intact. Throughout her life, Mom sang in plays, in church choir, and with my Dad’s Jazz Band. I remember as a child hearing her sing around the house. One time she was singing while she was doing the dishes, she was staring out the kithen window but she wasn’t looking at anything really, she was transported in time and lost in song. So when I heard the 78 record I realized it captured her years before the sadness, the longing, and the frustrations of her unfulfilled dreams crept in. For this and so many reasons, I am so very excited for you to hear Mom’s voice on this record. When we recorded Crying Over You, Mom kicks it off then I come in singing on the second verse. When I opened my mouth to sing it didn’t sound like me at all. It was as if Alberta was standing right next to me recording her song all over again back in LA, her old stomping grounds. Like my Mother, I have been singing my entire life, and long before anyone ever heard the beat of my heart, I heard my Mother sing.