The release of A Year Too Long back in February saw Manchester-based singer-songwriter Lisa T make an instant impact. The single debuted in the UK iTunes country charts at #2 and quickly made Lisa one of the most in-demand artists on the scene. A management deal with Belles and Gals quickly followed and now Lisa is back to celebrate the end of summer with her brand new single Babydoll on 20th August.
Babydoll is something of an enigma. With its baby pink artwork and cutesy name, you’d be forgiven for thinking this will be a bubblegum pop song. But it opens as a mature and soulful ballad, before the beat drops. When the percussion kicks in, it’s with grime-esque cymbals and an insistent beat. Lyrically, the song continues to subvert expectations by calling out a player – ‘good luck searching for your next little babydoll,’ sings Lisa. Outspoken about mental health and knowing your worth, she explains: “When writing this song, I wanted the contrast in melody between the verses and chorus to resemble that confusion that can be felt when mixed messages start to come into play.” This new single shows a different side to Lisa – sass, attitude, and an artist who knows what she wants both personally and professionally. Lisa’s rich, honey-like voice is on fine form throughout the song as she shares its straightforward message: ‘don’t take any sh*t’. The song’s message ties in nicely with Lisa’s day-to-day work. As a fully accredited mindfulness teacher and mental health first aider, she is a strong advocate for mental health and wellbeing, with a regular ‘Mindful Monday’ feature on BBC Radio Stoke, in addition to her role as a wellbeing specialist with Belles & Gals.