Chasing Happy is singer-songwriter Lisa Jeanette’s debut album. Born and raised in Philadelphia, the youngest of nine, Lisa took to timesharing her siblings’ guitars. Her high school orchestra instrument, the double bass, led her to Temple University, where she studied with Henry Scott, bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance. Lisa currently plays with Main Line Symphony Orchestra, and plays bass on several tracks here.
Her recent marriage her husband, Rich, came with a baby grand, recording equipment, and a “never say die” attitude. This album is a result of combining the households of two musical minds: “I’ve written songs all along,” Lisa says, “but once I had a piano available to me 24/7 and a partner in crime, the songs just poured out.”
Lisa also found inspiration in other artists’ work. Marie Lauré is based on the heroine of Anthony Doerr’s book, All the Light We Cannot See. Kensington Blues was inspired by Jeffrey Stockbridge’s photo journal documenting opioid addiction in the Kensington neighborhood where Lisa was born and raised. I Am Yours was inspired by the movie Becoming Jane.
Lisa Jeanette’s songwriting influences include Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Billy Joel, Elton John, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, and Genesis. This debut album is a testament that Chasing Happy can turn to simply enjoying happiness wherever it leads.