Lisa Matassa’s resonant voice, interpretive skill and exuberant delivery are evident throughout her debut album, Sunrise Highway. But the particulars of her story add even more to her appeal.
Born in Florida, she settled on Long Island, where she made her initial impact in the red-hot dance music world of the 1980s. Recording as Lysa Lynn, Matassa released two singles, “I’ve Got the Hots for You” in 1987 and “Rock Me Baby” in 1988, and opened for Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and other headliners.
Eventually, she scaled back her musical ambitions to raise her children. Now that both are over 18, Matassa has once more returned to her first love — which, incidentally, isn’t dance music. Consider the last name she adopted for her stage act — Lynn, as in Loretta — as a hint that Country has always been her home base.