R&B singer/song writer Lisa Banton has had a lengthy love affair with making music since she was in grade school. What started as a knack for poetry and the written word blossomed into song writing and eventually vocals as she got older. Once she discovered that the voice that best communicated her lyrics was her own, music became her legs and the time arrived for Lisa Banton to step out onto the global stage.
Lisa is a native of Toronto, ON, a city that has high musical standards, yet boasts some of the world’s greatest talents. Inspired by her father, Caribbean Gospel singer George Banton, Lisa grew up listening to R&B greats such as, Lauryn Hill, Kelly Price, Faith Evans and Mary J Blige. Currently, she draws inspiration from artists like Ledisi Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild and BJ The Chicago Kid all the while remaining focused on developing her craft as a songwriter making her delivery as a performer believable and authentic.
Lisa may be in the early stages of her career, but having worked with producer Herb Middleton (SWV, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Kelly Price) and performing in both Toronto (Gift of Music, opening for Glenn Lewis) and NYC (SOUL FACTORY), she has already received high praises from industry influencers.
“She pleased my soul and she touched my spirit. That is a SOUL woman.” ~ Gordon Chambers, SOUL FACTORY
In 2012, Lisa’s song “Better Without You” from the mixtape “Mirror Mirror Vol. 2” was added to one of Toronto’s major urban stations, G 98.7 FM’s regular rotation, extending her exposure beyond the boundaries of nightclubs and open mics. In 2015, She released her debut EP “Lost And Found” and won an award at The Black Canadian Awards for ‘Best R&B Act’ the same year. Her singles “Let You Go” and “When You” from the EP were once again embraced by Toronto and international radio alike. Lisa’s past projects have included a number of hip-hop mixtapes throwing shine to the 90’s fusion of hip-hop and soul that fueled her love for the genre. “Lost And Found” was definitely a show of what more Lisa was capable of doing musically as the production was more R&B/Soul based and was very well received. 2017 Now marks the release of her sophomore EP “A.N.W. (Almost Never Was) where she is continuing to engage new audiences with her well developed harmonies through lyrical R&B.
Lisa Banton is a Toronto artist that the world will be hearing much more of. Strong, determined, and talented she is ready to lay it all out on the table for your listening pleasure.
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