Lisa Shaffer grew up in Crittenden, Kentucky which is just below the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s a rural tobacco and cattle farming community that lies between Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky. She says, “I can still picture the front porch that I would sing on all summer long overlooking rolling hills, old barns, and tobacco fields. My grandpa and dad would occasionally pick up a guitar and sing there with me too. Whether it was a Hank Sr., Carter Family, Tom T. Hall, Buck Owens, Bill Monroe, or Merle Haggard song I loved it.”
There was always music hanging around the house, and when she stumbled over one of her parent’s old worn out Tanya Tucker’s greatest hits albums it inspired her to sing even more. She then found more great voices that she fell in love with like Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Suzanne Cox, Dolly Parton,….etc. All of the artists Lisa found through her grandfather, dad, and her own search gives her inspiration everyday for the songs she sings and writes now. She was also influenced by Blanche Coldiron, a Kentucky Music Hall of Famer. Blanche lived just a mile down the road and played any musical instrument with strings. She taught Lisa a lot of Appalachian folk songs and encouraged her to play along while she played the fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Lisa is thankful she got to learn those old songs that are such a part of Kentucky’s heritage and country music history. There is a link on the video/pics tab of this website where you can learn more about Blanche.
Although Lisa wanted to move to Nashville right out of high school, she decided to go to college. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a minor in Administration. She financed her college years solely with academic scholarships and her band “Southern Exposure.” Two weeks after graduating from college, she moved to Nashville. Through a development deal, lots of co-writes with some of the best hit makers in Nashville, patience, and determination, she was signed to a major record deal with Disney’s Lyric Street Records. While at Lyric Street, she made an album with award winning producer Brent Rowan who produced such artists as Joe Nichols, Julie Roberts, Blake Shelton to name a few.
Lisa has also been fortunate enough to have had many of her compositions licensed and recorded by other artists. Her first number one on the ‘Music Roots Charts’ is a song that was recorded by DARIN AND BROOKE ALDRIDGE called “I Thought I’d Seen It All”. This song was also nominated for a 2011 SPBGMA Award. Darin and Brooke recorded another song titled, “Corn” which was included on the same album and is also on their “LIVE” album released in 2013. They also cut “Love Makes The Ride Worthwhile,” “We’re In This Love Together,” “That’s Just Me Loving You,”& “Lonely Ends Where Love Begins,” that Lisa co-wrote on their “So Much In Between” album. “That’s Just Me Loving You,” was listed on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 for all of 2012. “Lonely Ends Where Love Begins” was a top 5 song on the Bluegrass Today charts. RHONDA VINCENT cut a song of Lisa’s and also created a video for the song titled, “I’ve Gotta Start Somewhere”. It’s been played on CMT and GAC. Also Rhonda and Lisa co-wrote a song titled “Promise Land” that is available on her LIVE Gospel DVD released in 2012. Australian Country Artist KRISTY COX cut a song titled, “It’s Hard To Stop A Heart (When It Starts Breaking)” which climbed to #4. The music video was released to the Country Music Channel (CMC) in Australia and spent 13 weeks as a top 30 video. COLT FORD cut and released a song called “Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk”. He also released a video of the song on CMT and GAC! It’s a feat with Kevin Fowler. It’s on Colt’s ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ album which debuted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart at #8. JEFF & SHERI EASTER recorded a song Lisa co-wrote called, “I Know I Love You”. It is on their “Expecting Good Things” album. This record has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award and also a DOVE Award! They have also cut, “Sitting On Top Of The World,” and “That’s What Love Is,” on their most recent album. DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER cut a song titled, “Mt.View Missionary Baptist Church,” on their record, “Light On My Feet & Ready To Fly.” It has been nominated for a DOVE Award. Lisa also had cuts with Rounder Records recording artists BRADLEY WALKER, “Where Are You,” DAILEY & VINCENT,”Take Me Back & Leave Me There,” & NEW FOUND ROAD, “Nothing’s Missing But Love.” Also The Grascals ct a song of Lisa’s on their “Life Finds A Way” record. It was nominated for a 2013 Grammy.
While Lisa continues to write songs, she is pursuing a recording career and formed a band called LISA SHAFFER & HEATHEN RIDGE. She named the band after the ridge she grew up on. It’s a unique blend of contemporary country as well as bluegrass music. She’s looking forward to a new chapter in her musical career that she is still currently writing!