Country artist Lisa Matassa’s latest release, “Somebody’s Baby” is a feel good, deeply moving album that makes it clear why Country music is “the new black.” With a voice that blends the soulfulness of Southern Gospel with a bit of “city polish” and a dose of Country Rock flair, Lisa is the real deal. The New York born singer and songwriter, co-wrote three of the tracks on this project, including “Girl With A Rock ‘n Roll Heart”, “Learning As You Grow”, and “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”, and performs 3 covers of songs made famous by superstars Dolly Parton, Bryan Adams and Nat King Cole. “Somebody’s Baby” is not her first foray into the music scene, as it is her third album, behind “Me Time” and Sunrise Highway”. The single “Me Time” catapulted to to the number one spot on CMT’s video charts, and the operatically trained artist recorded two Top-10 dance singles before the age of 20. Lisa’s an extraordinary artist, this is a great album, so let’s look at it song by song.
“You’re Somebody’s Baby” is a very positive and uplifting song that encourages listeners to Carpe Diem (seize the day and all of the great possibilities of life where everyone matters). The delivery is full on Classic American Rock. Powerful well placed electric guitars and big power drums make the song radio ready, and it should have mass appeal. “Wouldn’t You Like To Know (NY Remix)” has a loud, big rock country sound and once again features powerful guitars, a boogie style piano, and pounding drums. The vocals Lisa puts down are sassy and fit with the attitude of the lyrics. This is without a doubt a dance floor party song. On “Girl With A Rock ‘n Roll Heart,”The bass drives the tune with more rock piano, and a solid screeching guitar solo. The production is clever, and this is a well put together album.
“Learning As You Grow” is the perfect tempo love song to follow the previous songs. The slide guitar with delay is super smooth and catches your ear right off the bat, and the voice of Lisa Matassa displays another wonderful quality. She has a beautiful, passionate, heartfelt side, which she aptly communicates to fans through her music. “Heaven” is welcome as we return to the other side of Lisa Matassa, the charming country ballad singer. Her vibrato and tone are warm, and the band brings nothing less than professional grade backup guitar, bass, drums, and even live strings. The dedication to Whitney Houston was beautiful, and the a capella vocals really show the talent and artistry that Lisa does possess. You can’t fake it “live”. I salute Ms Matassa for choosing to honor Whitney, and the slide guitar solo was on the money. The roots of the great country song written by Dolly Parton are topped by Lisa hitting the big note square on the money with the sweet performance. Lisa’s country version of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song”, close out what you will find to be a very enjoyable CD from a vocalist that has the right production team and performers to take her on a long wonderful career. “Somebody’s Baby” should make it to your playlist. Job well done Lisa!!