Millennials tend to be on the receiving end of a good percentage of the ridicule that floats around the web these days. Much of it is just baseless and ridiculous stereotypes with absolutely zero substance. Basically a whole lot of whining at the end of the day when there is actually a lot of good coming from this generation. Such as…Lisa Heller.
What we do know about millennials is that despite a bruised economy and terrible imbalance of wage/cost of living, they are more likely than any generation to give to charity, help out a friend in need and use their platform – whatever it may be – to make a difference. 21-year old Lisa Heller is one of those millennials who is using her music for good. Her single, “Hope”, inspired #hopewall for children with rare and terminal illnesses and her song, “Things You Never Said”, tackles the subject of anxiety in young adults.
I was fortunate enough to chat with Lisa recently, here’s how it went.
Brandon: First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Lisa: I am a 21-year old alternative/pop singer-songwriter from Simsbury, CT. I started writing my first song when I was 14 years old and I have been hooked ever since. Music has helped me through so many challenges and I want the lyrics I write to inspire others the way music inspires me! My first song, “Hope” fulfilled one of my dreams of inspiring kids all over the world with rare and terminal illnesses. I write every song with the sole purpose of moving people in a positive way.
B: Your music career started off in a very unique way trying to combat Vocal Chord Dysfunction. How did you learn that you were suffering from this and how did music help it?
L: I learned I was suffering from VCD after struggling to breath in a track race my sophomore year of high school. I felt as though my throat was closing up, and next thing I knew I was on the ground over the finish line unable to feel my fingers or toes. I went to so many doctors and finally found a specialist in VCD who told me that singing could relax my vocal chords! After that I always would sing in stressful races and it would help so much. Because I started songwriting the same year, everything kind of fell into place and off my singing and songwriting career went!
B: Most of your songs seem to be very poignant and introspective. Tell us a bit about your latest single “Midnight”…
L: I never really write songs about relationships, so this is kind of its satire. “Midnight” is about the hook-up culture present on a lot of college campuses, and one that I was seeing at my college (Colgate University).
B: It looks like you have quite the busy summer coming up with festivals and shows. Which one are you really looking forward to playing?
L: I really look forward to playing “Uncommon Ground” in Chicago because it is one of those classic venues that has a built-in audience, but also has a newer crowd too. It is also the furthest west I will have played so far.
B: Who influences you the most right now in the music world?
L: Right now my playlists are all over the board. X Ambassadors have been one of my long-time favorites, and I love Alessia Cara’s voice and message. Rachel Platten is amazing and I was so honored I had the chance to open for her!
B: Your song “Things You Never Said” touches on the subject of anxiety. What would your advice be for other young people trying to get into music who are suffering from anxiety or depression?
L: Dealing with anxiety or depression is definitely not easy. My main piece of advice would be to really look within yourself and try to figure out why you might be experiencing stress or sadness. Talking things out helps a lot- confiding in a friend or parent or therapist takes a lot of confidence but is so beneficial. Remember that things will get better if you believe they will. Life can throw so many curveballs but attitude can change your life. Deciding that you want to be happy, want to be relaxed, want to enjoy life (something every human deserves) goes a LONG way. Don’t ever forget to love yourself. Because loving and respecting your body and mind will allow others to love you too.
B: After you’re done performing for the masses this summer, what does the rest of 2017 look like for Lisa Heller?
L: I am so excited because I recorded four brand new songs with producer Steve Bartlett and am so proud of them. These songs feel like they are the most authentic version of myself and I cannot wait to release them later this year!
Check out the latest music video, “Midnight” by Lisa Heller. And check out and purchase her entire library on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine