Lisa Haley & The Zydekats
A Blue Fiddle Records recording artist, Lisa's musical upbringing combines multi-faceted genres of Americana, Cajun/Zydeco, Irish/Celtic, World/Pop, Folk/Bluegrass, Blues, R&B and Jazz genres, in which she is well-versed. The power her strong vocals, family songs and stories convey our shared human emotion - a cultural journey transforming over time.
A fourth-generation fiddler, Lisa's mother's family were Irish immigrants, arriving in Roddy Bayou, Louisiana in 1718 to escape a smallpox epidemic. Close on their heels came the French Diaspora of the late 1700's; they soon married into the LeBoeuf, Broussard, Lambert and Thibodaux families. Born in Delaware to expatriate Southern parents serving in the Navy Reserves and Pentagon, Lisa is a descendant of Francis Scott Key; also kin to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Haley, and Pocahontas. She spent many days of her early life in the South and began performing at age four.
Soon after, the family moved near Hollywood, California for her mother's health, where Mickey Mouse Show producer Bob Holoboff offered to make Lisa a Mousekateer. Her parents politely declined, thinking it no life for a young lady. Cajun music was confined to her research scientist father's home laboratory - Lisa's parents decided on a respectable career in classical music for their children - but immersion with Southern relatives reinforced her musical heritage.
Following entrée at age 17 to the Hollywood music scene as music director for an Operetta company, Lisa turned down a classical music college scholarship, favoring her more passionate calling: Americana/Cajun/Zydeco's potential as a World Music.
A member of the surrounding Louisiana-expatriate community, Lisa flourished under the mentorship of several Cajun/Zydeco accordion legends:
o Queen Ida - GRAMMY Winner (grew up in Daly City, CA)
o Danny Poulard (40 year resident of San Francisco, CA)
o Joe Simien (50 year resident of South Los Angeles, CA.)
The protégé and "adopted daughter" of Joe Simien, Lisa performed the "Cajun Way" with his band for 15 years. With Queen Ida, Lisa toured the US, Canada and Europe to favorable reviews. She also toured with Al Rapone and GRAMMY Winner Rockin' Sydney ("Don't Mess with My Toot-toot") , and learned fiddle secrets from Cajun Fiddle master Canray Fontenot.
Springboarding to her own "Lisa Haley & the Zydekats" in 1994, she is a National Touring Act as ambassador of the "One World Swamp."
Lisa Haley and The Zydekats
When Lisa Haley holds court in the One World Swamp, Worlds Collide!
Since beginning in 1995, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats are today the world's most beloved Americana/Cajun/Zydeco band. Lisa's newest album, "Joy Ride," promises to take the genre to new heights. Charting on Billboard 2008 with Grammy® nominated "King Cake" and 2011 with "Absolutely Live!," this fourth-generation fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter inspires all ages with her incredible band of smiling scoundrels.
Her original tunes and Louisiana Bayou, French Celtic, R&B and Jazz rhythms represent Zydeco for GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood Bowl Summersounds, Sir George Martin's (Beatles producer) "Rhythm of Life," and festivals in over 20 countries.
Lisa Haley and The Zydekats are:
Lisa Haley: Violin & lead vocals
David Fraser: Accordion, harmonica, keyboards & vocals
Andy Anders: Bass & vocals
Cameron Tyler: Drums, rubboard & percussion