Lisa Silver is the Music Director/Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Micah in Brentwood (Nashville), Tennessee. A multi-faceted musician whose career has included background singing, violin/fiddle playing, songwriting, producing, and voice-over work, Lisa is still actively working in many areas of the music business.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, she is a classically trained violinist. Lisa was influenced by her father Abraham Silver, a vocal music teacher who trained several Motown recording artists and directed and sang in synagogue choirs and quartets in the Detroit area throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. Since moving to Nashville in 1972 after attending University of Michigan School of Music, Lisa has performed on thousands of recordings of all styles from classical to country for over 75 recording artists including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and Willie Nelson. She has earned over 15 gold and platinum records as a background vocalist.
Lisa is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, and was a recipient of the Songwriter's Guild Rising Star Award. She enjoys writing in a variety of styles and for a range of age groups. She has written and produced music for the National Girl Scout Cookie Campaign; several CDs for children and families including My Forever Family (Songs About Adopting and Being Adopted) and Celebration of Country, a album for families featuring major country artists. Kids delight in hearing her voice on the theme song she co-wrote for Baby Looney Tunes, which airs on the Cartoon Network.
Lisa produced her own CD "MOSAIC", pieces of Jewish music in new, original settings.Lisa's interest in Jewish music was rekindled when she discovered Congregation Micah in 1995. She was one of the founders of the Micah Kids Choir, with help from Dan Nichols, which led her to co-write an album of original children's holiday songs for the choir with one of Micah's Jewish educators, Teri Simon. Two of Lisa's songs, "Why, Why, Why" and "Let Us Always Remember" are included in The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children! Volume II: Manginot published by Transcontinental Music. Lisa became Congregation Micah's Cantorial Soloist and Music Director in 2002. She incorporates some of her original musical settings of liturgy into Micah's worship services.
Her most most recent project is "Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat"--welcoming Shabbat with music. Co-written with Teri Simon, "Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat" is a Shabbat evening experience for the young and the young at heart. It includes a CD of 13 musical prayers, sheet music, karaoke tracks, and a family friendly siddur with original illustrations. www.kkshabbat.com
ALBUM CREDITS - Vocals
Lynn Anderson/Chet Atkins/Garth Brooks/Johnny Cash/Mark Chesnut/Roy Clark/Gene Cotton/Billy Crash Craddock /Linda Davis/Mac Davis/Sammy Davis, Jr./Mike Douglas/Dr. Hook/England Dan & John Ford Coley/Janie Fricke/Kathie Lee Gifford/Vince Gill/Mickey Gilley/Amy Grant/Lee Greenwood/Michael Johnson/Faith Hill/Engelbert Humperdinck/Kris Kristofferson/Cristy Lane/Brenda Lee/Jerry Lee Lewis/Dave Loggin/Barbara Mandrell/Dean Martin/Charly McClain/Mindy McCready/Reba McEntire/Mary McGregor/Ronnie Milsap/Willie Nelson/Juice Newton/Olivia Newton-John/Marie Osmond/Buck Owens/Dolly Parton/Charley Pride/James & Bobby Purify/Eddie Rabbitt/Reba Rambo/Boots Randolph/Lou Rawls/Helen Reddy/Jerry Reed/Kenny Rogers/Tim Ryan/Ricky Van Shelton/Ronnie Spector/Ray Stevens/George Strait/Sylvia/Joe Tex/B.J. Thomas/Mel Tillis/Mary Travers/Randy Travis/Twiggy/Conway Twitty/Steve Wariner/Bryan White/Roger Whittaker/Lee Ann Womack/Tammy Wynette/Trisha Yearwood
ALBUM CREDITS - Fiddle/Violin
Chet Atkins/Matraca Berg/Billy Crash Craddock/George Jones/Dave Loggins/Charlie McCoy/Charley Pride/Elvis Presley/Eddie Rabbitt/Leon Russell/Russell Smith/Ray Stevens/Gene Watson/Hank Williams, Jr.
Alcoa/Bell Telephone/Burger King/Chevrolet/Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper/Folger's Coffee/Ford Motor Company/Future Floor Finish/Kellogg's/KFC/Kraft/Laredo Boots/McDonald's/Nestle Crunch/Pepsi/Piedmont Airlines/Rockefeller Center/7-Up/United Airlines
VOICEOVERS-Bristol-Meyers Squibb/Castner Knott/Champs Sporting Goods/Froggy's Country Storybook/GMAC/Goodwill Industries/Grand Ole Opry/Kids Central USA/La-Z-Boy/Nashville Electric Service/O'Charley's/Opryland USA
American Music Shop/CMA Awards - '82 - 2007/Hee Haw/n Concert/Kennedy Center Honors the Arts/Jerry Reed & Friends/Trisha Yearwood Special/Marty Robbins Spotlight/Merv Griffin Show/Mike Douglas Show/Music City News/TNN Songwriter Awards/Music City News-TNN Awards/Music City Tonight/Nashville Now/On Stage/Pop Goes the Country/Today Show/Tonight Show/Tribute to Chet Atkins/Lynn Anderson HBO Special/Charlie Rich HBO Special
SONGWRTING CREDITS- (partial listing)
40 Hour Week - Alabama (#1 - Grammy Nominee)/One Promise Too Late - Reba McEntire (#1)/Maggie's Dream - Don Williams (top 10)/Things Are Tough All Over - Shelby Lynne (top 20)/Pots & Pans Rhythm Band - Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen/Even The Sun Is Sleeping - Kathie Lee Gifford/The Nature of Things - Randy Travis/Angel Kisses - Crystal Gayle/Willow In The Wind - Kathy Mattea/Playin' In The Same Band - Charlie Daniels
TV/MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS - Vocal/Fiddle
About Last Night /Cannonball Run /Country Gold/Hot Stuff/Best Little Whorehouse in Texas/The Long Kiss Goodnight/The Prince Of Egypt
CARTOON SONGWRITING-PRODUCTIONCREDITS-Baby Looney Tunes, Main Title/ Scooby Doo /Krypto The Super Dog, Main Title/ Firehouse Tales /Krypto The Super Dog - Krypto Romp
Notes from Lisa:
"My musical journey began when I was a young girl in Detroit. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, in a culturally Jewish but not particularly observant household. One of my strongest musical influences was my dad, a music teacher and professional synagogue music director and singer in many congregations in Metropolitan Detroit. I have very fond memories of our family seders, with my dad leading the singing.
Our home was filled with lots of music, from Mozart to Motown, Brahms to the Beatles, the Great Cantors to the Girl Groups. My brother introduced me to folk, blues, and jazz. I was captivated by the variety, playing violin in school and community orchestras and attempting to learn folk guitar and trying to play bass on the bottom two strings of an electric guitar in a garage band.
Somehow I knew that music would be the biggest part of my life. At age 17, just out of high school, I became a professional musician in a group of strolling violins, playing at conventions, country clubs, and more than a few Bar Mitzvahs and Jewish weddings. In 1972, I packed one suitcase and my violin, and set out for the Country Music scene in Nashville, TN. I began as a fiddle player, then became a background singer, and ultimately, became a published songwriter on the famed Music Row. As the decade rolled into the 1980's, I still felt connected closely to music, but not very connected to Jewish music.
As journeys often do, however, mine looped back around and led me back into the world of Jewish music. In the mid-1990's, I had a child of my own to raise, and a need to once again be involved in a Jewish community. When I joined the newest Nashville Jewish temple, Congregation Micah, the greatest surprise to me was just how much Jewish music had changed during my hiatus. It took a little getting used to, but it wasn't long before the new melodies, while not replacing the traditional Jewish melodies of my childhood, became comfortable and familiar.
I felt I was coming full circle when, in 1996, I became a co-director of the Micah Kids Choir. It was the first of many opportunities to re-connect with my roots, to combine all that comprised me musically, and Jewishly. When I had the opportunity to fill in for the Cantorial Soloist, I was moved by the music and by being part of a Shabbat service. It was an honor in 2002 to be tapped as the new Cantorial Soloist for my Jewish home, Congregation Micah.
Completing this CD is a milestone for me. It shows how far I have come, but also reminds me of all I carried with me along the way. Mosaics are pieces showing the path of a journey. My mosaic's pieces are musical notes, set on a very special staff, arranged in a pattern I hope you will enjoy. As you listen, my hope is that your journey, your personal mosaic, will be enriched by mine!"
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