Music, Grace & Giving with Songstress Lisa Jason
Lisa Jason’s life is a tapestry in progress.
A singer/songwriter/performer she is weaving her heart, her words, her experiences, her fears, and her love into the artist that she is today.
“Resistance creates change,” Lisa tells us. Pushing through resistance, dismantling roadblocks of fear, even though scary, can take us to the next mountain top. “Do we need permission to be artists?” she asks. In other words, do we need permission to be who we are?
Her life is a response to this voice of fear we all carry inside. Lisa assures us, “It’s never too late to be vulnerable. Everything’s important when it comes to you.”
Meet This Episode's Guest
Lisa Jason is a classically trained singer, songwriter, and performer whose close relationship with music began at a young age. Her unyielding musical passion began when she was a small child, while listening to her mother’s album collection which would prove to become her savior as she coped with the extreme bullying she endured at school .
Lisa co-writes and performs her own one woman shows in New York City. “Bullied to Beautiful”, a show that Lisa co-wrote about the years she was bullied as a child and the music that helped inspire and heal her during that difficult time, with original arrangements by Maestro, Ryan Shirar, that paint the musical backdrop to her story. “If Love Were All”, is co-written with Actor/Director Producer Joshua Morgan, with musical arrangements by Grammy Award winning musical director for the Manhattan Transfer, Yaron Gershovsky, and is a celebration of the music and artistry of Judy Garland, coupled with her search for love and Lisa’s experience of her. Her show "Another Hundred People", shows that it really is never too late to start over, with songs and duets with Broadway's finest, Lisa shares her journey and hopes to inspire others that is is never too late!
She currently performs at venues in New York City, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Highline Ballroom and Don’t Tell Mama. She has been a Guest Artist with such legendary groups as Huey Lewis and the News, KC and the Sunshine Band, Otis Day and the Nights, The Hooters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the original cast of the Jersey Boys. She has also performed at the special request of Aerosmith and has also sung The National Anthem at Fenway Park. Lisa has also had the privilege of singing with Alan Menken and has appeared as a guest on Dr. Oz.
A singer and songwriter, Lisa’s song “Beautiful Child”, was adopted by The March Of Dimes organization for their national campaign, and was performed by Lisa and the Cape Cod Symphony at their Pops in the Park concert where she was a special guest. Lisa has recorded three CD’s, one as a collaboration with legendary sound man of Rock, Dinky Dawson, with songs written by Steely Dan founding member Denny Dias. Her most recent CD, “Road to Me”, is a compilation of her own original songs and songs written by songwriters that help guide her on the journey to finding her voice.
Along with being a performing artist, Lisa has taken her passion for the arts and integrated it into the healing arts. With her Masters Degree as a Mental Health Counselor, and Dance Movement Therapist, Lisa works as a movement coach with disabled dancers in New York City, as well as working with women and families who are victims of sexual violence and human trafficking, in addition to her anti-bullying advocacy.
Lisa's You Tube show called, "It's Never Too Late", speaks to the philosophy that it truly is never too late to live your best life, to try something new and view the world through an inspired and empowered lens. She also has designed a line of scarves with New York accessories designer to Byron Lars Beautymark, Sheila Gray, that depict words of strength for the wearer as almost a superhero cape. Lisa believes that everyone has a unique story and walks with the awareness and empathy of honoring this in everyone she meets. She hopes these scarves will inspire others and bring more awareness and support to anyone who has ever felt less than, or afraid to use their voice. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these scarves benefit anti-bullying organizations, education and advocacy.
Check out "It's Never too Late to be a Designer" on YouTube!