Lisa Mann is an American electric blues bassist, songwriter and singer. Her influences include Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Little Milton. She writes most of her material, and has released four albums to date. In 2015 and 2016, she won a Blues Music Award.
Mann was born in West Virginia, United States. As a young child she and her sister, Maryann, were moved to Portland, Oregon, from Milpitas, California, as an escape from her abusive father. Somewhat inspired after hearing the bass line of the Imperial Guard music in Star Wars, Mann purchased her first bass guitar at age eleven. She learnt to play after listening to work by Deep Purple, Cream, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. She graduated to studying the blues and began a professional career at the age of 19. After playing in the Seattle rock scene, Mann travelled back to Portland and stood in as Paul deLay's substitute bassist. She originally played a four string bass, but moved onto a six string version to fill out her burgeoning rhythm and blues inspired sound.
In 2011, Mann performed with her backing ensemble, the Really Good Band, in the International Blues Challenge, reaching the semi-final stage. She released her ultimately well received album, Satisfied, in 2012.
Mann's 2014 album, Move On, paid tribute to her mother, whose lengthy illness prior to her death led Mann to stressful times, causing the loss of her own voice for several months prior to recording the album. Move On appeared in the Living Blues chart and made the Top 20 of the Roots Music Reports Blues Album Chart in May 2014. The album included her cover of Little Milton's "The Blues Is Alright". The first single from Move On entitled "You Don't Know," was issued in March 2014.
Mann has been inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, and has gained the Muddy Waters Award for Bass Player of the Year three times. In 2012, she was also awarded the Portland Music Award for Outstanding Achievement in Blues.
|2006||Self Material||Self released|
|2010||Lisa Mann||Self released/CD Baby|
|2014||Move On||Self released|
|2016||Hard Times, Bad Decisions||Self released|