The Beat of My Heart...rare is the artist that maintains top-notch quality music over so many releases. Even the Beatles had albums that were a little off. Lisa, however, has never missed a beat......her voice is distilled magic." ...the most complete representation of her four blended genres: blues, gospel, jazz and soul.Surely fans of blues and soul will shout, “Lisa Biales is in sync with the Beat of my Heart!” - Rainey Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine. One of the finest blues albums of the year comes from Ohio native Lisa Biales, and her latest release, The Beat of My Heart (Big Song Music). One key (and often overlooked) element in the genre is the sound, and she and her producer, Tom Braunagel, nail it. Especially good are the drums, which are upfront, but not too clean. One of the finest releases of 2017."  -Tony Peters, IconFetch The inspiration for Lisa Biales’ latest release, The Beat of My Heart (Big Song Music), came from the singer’s discovery of a 78 record that her late mother, Alberta Roberts, had recorded back in 1947.  The song on the record was “Crying Over You,” and Biales, who had no idea that her mother had embarked on a short-lived recording career, knew that the song had to be on her next project. Biales has a reputation as a gifted songwriter, but on this latest release, she focuses on interpreting the songs of several familiar composers, enlisting a talented group of musicians (Tony Braunagel – drums/producer, Johnny Lee Schell – guitar, Paul Brown – guitar, Chuck Berghofer, Larry Taylor, and Larry Fulcher – bass, Jim Pugh – keys, Joe Sublett – sax, Darrell Leonard – trumpet) providing first-rate backing.Of course, “Crying Over You” is the centerpiece of the album and Biales used the original recording of her mother singing the first verse and the resulting collaboration between the two is simply marvelous.  The remainder of the album finds Biales capably handling a variety of vocal styles, from a dazzling read of Mabel Scott’s “Disgusted,” to a spirited version of Linda Lyndell’s 60’s soul classic, “What A Man” to a funky take on the Betty Harris hit, “I Don’t Wanna Hear It” to Fats Waller’s slow burner “Messin’ Around With The Blues.”Biales also includes a smoky cover of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” ventures toward the jazz side of the aisle with Henry Glover’s “Wild Stage of Life,” Lil Green’s “Romance In The Dark,” Brenda Burns’ “Brotherly Love,” and a wonderful calming take on Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down.” Carrie Newcomer’s “I Should Have Known Better” blends jazz and Americana, and Biales’ inspired “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” will light your fire even if your wood is wet. The Beat of My Heart finds Lisa Biales working her vocal magic with a variety of musical styles from blues to jazz to gospel to pop.  The results prove that she is one of the finest vocalists currently practicing, whatever the genre.- Graham Clarke, Friday Blues Fix Blog/Blues BytesSinger Lisa Biales, aided by top-grade studio musicians in Los Angeles, dominates the soul-blues of her 10th record with contrasting artistic heft and subleties of perception. Four Stars! -  Downbeat MagazineOver the course of my journey into blues I have heard just about everything.  This is every bit as good as anything I have none.  Powerful, passionate and poignant, The Beat Of My Heart is one of those albums that goes beyond what is normally presented as blues.  This one is exceptional."                                - Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue "Serving up a set of solid show room blues, this set takes flight and never stops to refuel. A winner throughout." -Midwest Record. Lisa Biales has again a gem of an album. Her flawless voice is easily guided by the musical diversity ...Great release!! "- Philip Verhaege, Keys and Chords. Lisa Biales released a joyful, stirring new blues album . . . she nails the good-time spirit of the blues, propelled by groovin’ horns and gospel choruses." - Sean Arthur Joyce, Chameleon on Fire. When this 'The Beat Of My Heart' is the marker for this year we're in for a swinging and groovin' 2017… " Lisa delivers her strongest performance ever as a singer." - Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime Magazine. I get excited whenever I see a new Lisa Biales CD in the mail. The Beat of My Heart lives up to every expectation! Biales is one of the strongest performers in contemporary blues and here she also shows her amazing ability with soul and gospel. What a great instrument her voice is, subtle and powerful and so expressive it just draws you in and engulfs you in whatever mood she wants you to feel. She is aided by an ace group of seasoned musicians on many different guitars, drums, piano, trumpets and saxophones. Her background singers are also top-notch.  Together they recorded for 10 days to give us a recording that will give us pleasure for a long time." - Rhetta, Making A Scene ... a vocal showcase that commands your attention from beginning to end." - Mark Smith, West Michigan Blues Society. For my ears, this is Lisa’s finest recording.  Her voice, always spot on and clear, is so well framed in a variety of instrumental components with savvy arrangements that each song could almost be the lead track of a separate disc filled with that particular sub-genre.  Her delivery has class and dignity, but doesn’t forego emotion to achieve them." - Talkin’ the Blues with Microwave Dave WLRH / WJAB FMs”
 I can't believe how Biales continues to improve with each new release. Her confidence and purity of voice is amazing. I love to listen to her sing and am becoming a huge fan of hers. I highly recommend this to anyone needing a nice fix of traditional, acoustic blues from one of the hottest female acts in the blues world!" - Steve Jones Belle of the BluesLisa BialesBig Song Musicwww.LisaBiales.com11 tracks Lisa Biales’ newest CD is an excellent effort.  Produced by the ever popular chanteuse E.G. Kight and legendary producer Paul Hornsby, the CD features Tommy Talton on guitar, Randall Bramlkett on B3 organ, and Bill Stewart on drums along with Kight, Hornsby and others in support of this effort.  Kight produced Biales’ 2012 Just Like Honey and sang duets with her as she does here, along with playing a little acoustic guitar. Biales starts off with the title track where Hornsby joins in on piano and Kight backs Lisa up as Talton picks out some nice acoustic guitar and and Paul Bergeson adds some sweet harp.  Biales is the star of the show, however, and she really sets the tone for this CD with her astoundingly good vocals.  She has transitioned from wanting to be the most desired back up singer on the planet to being out front and firmly in charge as a star.  Kight and Tom Horner have written a super song to start the CD and name the album for! Bramlett makes his first appearance with some down home B3 as Biales testifies on “Sad Sad Sunday.”  Talton’s dobro is sweet, but Biales again steal the show with her soulful vocal prowess.  “Bad Things” features Biales sexily sing how her lover makes her do bad things as Kight back her.  Sweet and sexy stuff! “Mask” has Ken Wynn on lead acoustic guitar and Biales laments in this little ballad where she sings about hiding her true feelings behind a mask; she can hide her feeling swell because part of her has died.  Very emotional stuff here. “Graveyard Dead Blues” is a simple yet soulful delta blues with Talton again on dobro.  Biales co-wrote this with Kight and Horner and sings a pre-nuptial agreement to her man where she explains he’ll be more than dead if he cheats on her- he’ll be graveyard dead.  Superb vocals and dobro make this a winner. With “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” Biales shows subtleness and restraint in this down tempo and very soft vocal where she asks her lover to return home on this great old Bessie Smith song that she covers in a new way.  A few tracks later she does another cut, “Black and White Blues,” a biographical piece about Smith written by blues historian Dalton Roberts.  Very movingly sung, Biales again shows restraint  behind the powerful vocals chords that she has and delivers another special performance.  A duet with Kight “In My Girlish Days” is a Memphis Minnie number and the two of them really are emotional.  Biales is sweet and powerful while Kight is earthy and gritty. The two join forces again on “Peach Pickin’Mama.” The singing is primo as is Bergeson on harp and Talton on the six stirngeed instruments.  The double entendre of peaches is carried off well, especially when Kight notes hers are from Georgia while Biales’ hail from Ohio. As they recorded the song, Biales joked with Kight that the Ohio versions are just smaller. “Trouble With a Capital T” features Wynn again on guitar and Kight in backup.  We get a little spelling lesson as Biales offers up another cool number penned by Kight and Richard Fleming.  She concludes with a tune Ann Rabson wrote with Kight and Horner and she dedicates the song to her sexy spirit.”  Wynn plays electric guitar here as Talton provides acoustic and slide.  Biales is sultry as she sings how she can’t hold back because her man makes her, “feel like a bad, bad girl.”  Bramlett has a nice B3 solo which is followed by a short one by Wynn.  The song builds to a big conclusion with Biales and Wynn blasting along together. I can’t believe how Biales continues to improve with each new release.  Her confidence and purity of voice is amazing.  I love to listen to her sing and am becoming a huge fan of hers.  I highly recommend this to anyone needing a nice fix of traditional, acoustic blues from one of the hottest female singing acts in the blues world! Reviewed by Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society ” - Steve Jones

— Crossroads Blues Society

 Lisa Biales is out there wielding a big ole fryin’ pan fulla knockout blues. Take the hit, lie back, and enjoy.” - Grant Britt

Blues Music Magazine

LISA BIALESBELLE OF THE BLUES2014 Big Song Music Singer Lisa Biales gets the star treatment with her new disc produced by the well traveled EG Kight and Paul Hornsby and musical support provided by not only the production team but by Tommy Talton on guitars and dobro, Randall Bramblett on Hammond B3 and Bill Stewart on drums. Things kick off to a great start with the title cut where Biales showcases her strong vocals in service of a tale about a mesmerizing singer who has the crowd in the palm of her hand. While that might strike some as boastful she has no problem living up to the expectations set by the lyrics with her sassy vocals. The same can be said of her tough covers of Kight’s classics Trouble with a Capital T and Bad Girl where little doubt is left regarding who is in charge of things even though some might try to sit in judgment of her actions. On a more somber note and on the flip side of the coin Sad Sad Sunday and Bad Things find her looking at being little more than a weekend toy and at being a puppet in her quest for love. Mask finds her putting a brave face on her loneliness while the shuffling groove of Graveyard Dead Blues features a stern warning to her future mate regarding the fate that awaits discovery of any cheating. Baby Won’t you Please Come Home tracks like the typical lonesome heartbreak song until the twist at the end where all the longing for the absent mate is revealed to be based on the need for money, which might just be the definition of the blues! Memphis Minnie’s In My Girlish Days is a duet between Biales and Kight which showcases the wondrous blend of their voices. Another lioness of the blues, Bessie Smith, gets her due on Black and White Blues. Biales has an elastic voice that can be tough one moment and sexy and inviting the next. Regardless of the style she leaves you convinced that she feels everything she sings. What more can you ask for? ” - Mark Smith

— Michigan Blues Society

"There are few vocalists locally or nationally I can think of that are even in Biales' caliber." ” - Malcolm Kennedy

— Washington Blues Society

BELLE OF THE BLUES Lisa Biales (Big Song Music)  **** When Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck play guitar, the line between man and instrument is blurred.  When John Popper blows harp, the hair standing up on my arm tells me that I’m witnessing someone doing what they were put on this earth to do.  With Lisa Biales, her purpose is to sing the blues.   It was something I sensed immediately on Just Like Honey then Singing In my Soul, both of which lead up to her choice new album Belle Of The Blues.As a singer Biales comes across as equal parts good-natured speakeasy vixen and soulful southern torch balladeer.  Produced by EG Kight and engineered by Paul Hornsby, this album compares to Maria Muldaur’s Memphis Minnie tribute from a year or two back.  Performances from the musicians are joyous lessons in how to groove, not unlike Biales herself. Featured guests are the amazing Tommy Talton on guitar (Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts), Randall Bramblett on Hammond B-3 (Sea Level, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic) and Bill Stewart on drums (Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett), and they play like they’ve been doing it together for years- on that gut-level instinctual plane. “I love singing sad songs” Lisa confesses. “The strong array of emotions that bubble up, and the connections I feel to people while singing them makes me realize my worth”, referring directly to Mask and Sad, Sad Sunday.  She considers Bessie Smith an influence, and it shows.  She calls Smith “One of the greatest classic blues singers of the 1920’s, and someone  I have grown to admire.  It’s only fitting to have her presence on this recording with two songs; Black & White Blues and Baby Won’t You Please Come Home.” I fell in love with Lisa Biales when I first heard Just Like Honey in the summer of 2012, and through 2013’s Singing In My Soul and now Belle of The Blues, I fall deeper each time.  From the heartbreaking ballads already mentioned to rockin’ tracks like Trouble, Biales has crafted another stunning set of songs.  After a few months of self-imposed retirement from writing, Belle Of The Blues is the one that brought me back out from under a rock and whispered in my ear “you’re not finished yet”.  For that, I am grateful.  I did a phone interview with Lisa a couple of days ago for my radio show How Blue Can You Get (Sundays at noon on k-Rock in Cold Lake and Wainwright Alberta) and will share the results on the May 25th episode- noon Alberta time at and .HIGHLIGHTS:  Sad, Sad Sunday, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” - John "The Rock Doctor" Kereiff

The Record Box

Lisa Biales - Belle of the Blues (Big Song Music):  I've been listening to Biales, a 20-year vet of the music scene, playing bluegrass, rock, Americana, folk, and blues during that span.  Over the past couple of albums, Biales has teamed up with the Georgia Songbird, E.G. Kight, who has produced her last few discs, which have been showcases of American roots music.  Belle of the Blues has more of a focus on blues, with Kight writing most of the material, allowing Biales to focus on vocals.  She is one of the most impressive vocalists that you will hear, with amazing range and pitch, and she makes it seem almost effortless on these songs.  She's joined on this release by an outstanding band that includes guitarist Tommy Talton, keyboardist Randall Bramblett, and co-producer Paul Hornsby on piano.  This is a breathtaking release by a lady who deserves to be heard.”

Blues Fix

5***** for "Belle Of The Blues", another truly astonishing accomplishment from Lisa Biales and her super talented host of performers and, by far, one of the best Female fronted Blues Recordings you are likely to hear in 2014. Read the entire article HERE” - John Vermilyea

Blues Underground Network

Don & Sheryl’s Blues Blog –March 5, 2014LISA BIALESBELLE OF THE BLUESBIG SONG MUSIC  BSM2-2013BELLE OF THE BLUES–SAD SAD SUNDAY–BAD THINGS–MASK–GRAVEYARD DEAD BLUES–BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME–IN MY GIRLISH DAYS–PEACH PICKIN’ MAMA–BLACK AND WHITE BLUES–TROUBLE–BAD GIRLLisa Biales has been writing and playing good blues for over two decades, and came into her own in a big way with the release in 2012 of “Just Like Honey,” produced by E. G. Kight.  Her latest set again was produced by E. G. and, this time, Paul Hornsby, at Paul’s Muscadine Studio in Macon, GA.  It is entitled “Belle Of The Blues,” and has Lisa wrapping her golden voice around eleven songs that simply drip that Southern goodness that only Lisa and E. G. could create. Joining Lisa are E. G. on guitar and harmony vocals, Paul Hornsby on keys, Southern rock icon Tommy Talton on guitars, Randall Bramblett on B-3,  and Bill Stewart on drums.  They kick things off with the story of “The Belle Of The Blues,” who “likes champagne in a cup” and “looks real cool in her high-heeled shoes,” with country-blues harp from Paul Bergeson.  And, she rocks out on “the Devil’s scared to death of me,” because “I’m Trouble with a capital T!”Lisa also has a penchant for singing melancholy songs.  She feels the emotions involved, and wants to empathize with those to whom she is singing.  Two excellent examples of this are  her poignant take of a lover who has to leave for the week each Sunday, leading to many a “Sad Sad Sunday.”  And, another minor-key ode to the lovelorn has Lisa hiding her broken heart behind a “full glass” and her “Mask.”She’s a big fan of strong, independent women such as Bessie Smith and Ann Rabson, and gives a soulful read of “Black And White Blues” in honor of Bessie,  then closes the set with the blues-rock bite of a song written by Rabson, E. G., and Tom Horner, the anthemic “Bad Girl.”We had two favorites, too.  Tommy’s dobro sets the tone for the tale of a “simple woman” who won’t take any abuse from any man, promising to make him “Graveyard Dead” if he tries to talk to her by hand!  And, Lisa and E. G. duet on a cool song from the Memphis Minnie catalog about coming-of-age, “In My Girlish Days.” With her crystal-clear vocals, it is easy to see why Lisa Biales has been dubbed the “Belle Of The Blues.”  With excellent material and an A-list of backing players, this set is a “can’t miss!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow”

— Don & Sheryl's Blues Blog

\MUSICLISA BIALES (‘BELLE OF THE BLUES’)25 MARCH 2014 GREG VICTOR 0 COMMENTSLisa Biales – Belle of the Blues*** ½ (out of 4 stars)Label: Big Song MusicOne of the most consistent singers around, Lisa Biales, has recently released another high quality album — Belle of the Blues. It is produced by E.G. Kight and Paul Hornsby, and features Tommy Talton, Randall Bramblett and Bill Stewart. On it, Lisa Biales’ graceful vocals are framed perfectly by the musicians and, with each of the album’s eleven tracks, it is clear that she can do it all exceedingly well.She specializes in a brand of blues that relies less on a performer’s histrionic delivery than most. Instead, she sings the song with such an ease that there’s never any doubt that she is the authority on the lyric being sung. To call her refreshing is an understatement. Playing along with Lisa Biales’ golden vocals throughout the album are: E.G. Kight (guitar and harmony vocals), Paul Hornsby (piano), Tommy Talton (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dobro), Randall Bramblett (Hammond B-3), Bill Stewart (drums), Johnny Fountain (bass), Ken Wynn (electric guitar, acoustic slide guitar), Gary Porter (tambourine), Tommy Vickery (bass) and Pat Bergeson (harmonica).Belle of the Blues is an intimate album. To listen to it from beginning to end is to appreciate just how well structured a good blues album can be; it is as seamless as Lisa Biales’ vocals. The effect is almost like hanging out with Ms. Biales in her dressing room before or after a gig, rather than being seated in an audience. These are songs that allow her to communicate big ideas in a personal manner, and she conveys them with a relaxed clarity that is almost deceptive in its simplicity.Lisa Biales has a voice that is always inviting. Sometimes it invites you to nod in agreement. Sometimes it invites you inside a song you’ve never heard before. Sometimes it invites you to sing along. And sometimes, if you close your eyes and turn up the volume just enough, you could swear that it invites you to go back in time to an era when a sexy lady at the mic in front of a live band seemed to be singing to just you alone, and supplying you with answers to all the big questions you have about life and love and all that jazz.Essential Downloads: “Sad, Sad Sunday,” “Mask,” “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home,” “In My Girlish Days.”To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.” - Greg Victor