Producer
Engineer

Songwriter
Musician
Sound Designer
String Arranger

For you to create fearlessly i provide:

Undivided Attention

I'm all ears and all in. I custom-design a step by step process for your project so that you can relax and focus on inspiration and performance. My approach in the studio is flexible: I can take the reins entirely or shift between a collaborative and a fully directed dynamic depending on what's needed. I enjoy empowering artists so I'm happy to explain technical or artistic choices. I keep a steady eye on your timeline, budget and scheduling. 

Skills & Expertise

Any combination of my musical, technical or creative skill set can be tapped and combined for maximum benefit and results. Performance magic is skillfully directed, captured and shaped. My greatest satisfaction is when I hear you say, "I love it!". You might also say that about my excellent coffee.

The Right Environment

Whether in my own studio or utilizing an ally-run space for site specific sessions, I ensure that all creatives experience a welcoming, inclusive and safe work space. I guarantee women, gender diverse and BIPOC artists an atmosphere where they can to rise to their highest potential. Whether you need to stretch on a yoga mat or a smudge or meditation break, I've got you.

Vocal Production Sweet Spot 

Being under the microscope of the microphone while accessing your inner emotional world is a vulnerable place to be. Singers already have a lot going on: believably delivering the lyric; execute phrases in time & in tune; explore nuances on the fly and balance self-assessment with self-love. A respectful dynamic between singer and vocal producer plays a crucial role in work flow and satisfying outcome. From years singing in iso booths myself, mentoring with top producers and hundreds of hours of vocal production experience, I've developed effective strategies to guide you into the sweet spot between feeling totally comfortable and fearlessly leaping into new territory.

artists & session players at work

LISA PATTERSON BIOGRAPHY & DISCOGRAPHY

Bio

An endorsee of YSL Pro Lisa Patterson is an award-winning music creator and entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada who has been championing culturally diverse collaborations and gender inclusion across 4 continents for the past 25 years. 

An obsession with sonic architecture started as a 10-yr-old kid walking around with a mic and portable tape deck recording farm animals & machinery. Fervent classical piano training began at age 6, pop song study took over in quiet rebellion at 12 only to be superseded by playing flute & alto sax in high school swing band. After completing a 3-yr college music production & engineering program Lisa toured internationally in original bands for 10 years. She left the road to mentor with ground-breaking musician / professors Trichy Sankaran, Casey Sokol, David Mott at Toronto's York University. This inspired the writing and releasing of original music that brings Lisa's Romanian and Scottish heritage to contemporary songwriting. Freelancing as a producer and engineer in various studios over the years this kid landed in her power, operating her own studio in Canada's music capital.

Lisa has produced albums, EPs & singles for contemporary Roots, Pop, Folk, Indigenous, Jazz and culturally diverse artists including Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux's breakthrough debut album Camphor and Copper for No Format / Universal and Indigenous artist Brenda MacIntyre's #1 charting Reverb Nation album Medicine Song.

Between 2000 - 2017 she released 4 albums and 5 official videos; garnered AAA Top Ten single internationally, Campus & CBC radio charting; sync placements; Rough Trade European distribution; tours and performance collaborations in Europe, India, Mexico and U.S.

Career Highlights

2020 SOCAN Foundation
Master classes with Juno-award winning & Polaris Prize nominated, producer-songwriter Lantz (Jazz Cartier, Charmaine).

2019 Music Publishers Canada
One of five producers selected for inaugural Women In The Studio cohort.

Producer Collabs:
> Lantz
Juno award-winning (Charmaine, Jazz Cartier).

> Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Juno & Polaris Prize winning (Bare Naked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Great Big Sea);

> Adam Messinger
Grammy-nominated & Juno award-winning (Magic!, Iggy Azalea, Justin Bieber).

Vocal Production:
3X Juno-nominated Alysha Brilla album Circle (2022); WOMEX Artist of the Year Calypso Rose; Canadian Dub Poet icon Lillian Allen; award-winning Indigenous artist Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre.

Songwriting Collabs:
Esma / sameasme
Canada's Music Incubator Prize winner

Drew Gonsalves
Juno-nominated (Kobo Town)

Aviva Chernick
Juno-nominated (Jaffa Road)

Donne Roberts
Juno award-winning (African Guitar Summit) + nominee for solo album 2022


TV / FILM / DOC SYNC
Awaiting Atwood - Indie feature; Director Beth Mairs.
Roadkill - Feature; Director Bruce McDonald.
Tete A Tete - Short; Director Charles Johnston.
H - Feature; Director Darrell Wasyk
Three Sisters On Moon Lake - Indie feature, Director Ingrid Veninger.

Discography Highlights

ALBUM Circle - Alysha Brilla
Recording Engineer.

SINGLE De Sur A Norte - Karla Garcia

Producer, String Arranger, Recording & Mix Engineer.

SINGLE Only Love - Andrea Florian 

Producer, String Arranger, Recording Engineer.

ALBUM Camphor & Copper - Melissa Laveaux

Producer, Engineer.

ALBUM The Birth of Sprawl - Rita di Ghent (Urban Jazz). Co-Producer, Assistant Engineer.

ALBUM Medicine Song - Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre 

Producer, Recording & Mix Engineer.

ALBUM Soul Talkin - Brenda MacIntyre Medicine Song Woman
Producer, Recording & Mix Engineer.

ALBUM Truths - Andrea Florian
Producer, Recording & Mix Engineer.

ALBUM Second Palla - Toronto Tabla Ensemble 

Assistant Engineer.

Lisa Patterson Artist Releases

ALBUM Lumina (2013)
Independent.
SINGLES Dulce Dolor; Silver Lining; Hymn To Her.
Co-Producer, Assist Engineer.

ALBUM Points of Departure (2008)
Phd Canada distribution.
Producer, Engineer.

ALBUM Roam (2005)
Rough Trade Records (Europe).
Festival Distribution (Canada).
SINGLES Need Each Other; Say Goodbye.
Co-Producer, Arranger.

ALBUM This Is What It Sounds Like (2000)
Independent.
Producer, String Arranger.

OFFICIAL VIDEOS
Can't Stand By (2017)
The Colour Of Blood (2016)
Whole World (2013)
Aphrodite (2004)
This Time (2002)

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