Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb comes to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 12, for what is sure to be a children’s performance to remember. Known for her voice-acting work on various Disney Junior shows, Loeb has entertained audiences of all ages for years. She’s written numerous children’s books and songs sure to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We sat down with her to discuss her upcoming performance and her decision to transition from pop hits to children’s music.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
COVID has been a big challenge as a performing artist, but it led me to learn how to do streaming concerts and continue to be creative even when the routine ways to perform are taken away.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring artists?
Do the thing that you want to do. If you want to be a songwriter, then write. If you are stuck, then find collaborators. Read books about being a writer, like Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones or the book Bird by Bird. If you want to be a singer, then sing and learn to be a better singer or play an instrument. Don’t just talk about it. Start doing it and then do it some more.
What made you decide to focus on making music for children?
I love the open palette of writing for kids. I feel like the children’s world of music is full of storytelling and figuring out how to write songs and stories about things that matter, like friendship, feelings, and pancakes. For some reason, writing musicals and writing family-friendly music is more open than writing love songs and songs about broken hearts in a romantic way.
How do you stay motivated while touring?
The fans help me stay motivated. Each night when people sing along, laugh, cry, and connect with me … feels so connected. Also, I really enjoy traveling and meeting people and seeing new things big and small along the way.
How do you prepare for a show? Do you have a specific warm-up routine or traditions?
I warm up my voice. I make sure I’ve gotten enough sleep. I put on makeup and change my clothes — kind of like Mr. Rogers, only probably in gold cowboy boots instead of sneakers with no laces.
We are excited to welcome Lisa Loeb to the center this Saturday, November 12. Secure your tickets now for a fun show of sunny originals sure to brighten anyone’s day.
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November 12 at 11 a.m.
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