Singer, actor, writer, composer, and producer; it's no wonder the word most
often used to describe Lisa Marinacci is "versatile". The history of music in
her family covers far and wide; her father, uncle, and both grandfathers
worked professionally as musicians, and her second cousin Bob Cooper
played with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and was married to the great jazz
singer June Christy.
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Lisa began performing professionally at age 5 when she landed the role of
“Gretel” in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of The Sound of Music
starring Maureen McGovern. She would spend the next 15 years studying and
performing throughout Pittsburgh on stage and in commercials.
She won the prestigious “Best Actress” Gene Kelly Award given by the
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for Excellence in Musical Theater for the role of
“Ms. Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls.
She went on to study drama and writing at Carnegie Mellon University. During
her junior year, Lisa was selected to perform with Marvin Hamlisch at the
Pittsburgh Pop’s Search For A Star concert at Heniz Hall. She also performed
with Stephen Schwartz at a benefit for the Scotch’n’Soda Theater Company.
Upon graduating with her Masters degree in Professional Writing, she relocated
to New York City where she lived and worked for 8 years.
In the fall of 2003, Lisa traveled back and forth between New York and
Pittsburgh, working together with close friend and mentor Joe Negri on her first
album. Waiting For Spring was released in April 2004. For more info and to
buy the CD: www.cdbaby.com/marinacci
By 2005, Lisa was simultaneously writing the book, music, and lyrics to her
pop/rock musical, The Devil and Daisy Jane, singing with a jazz band in NYC,
promoting her first album, and performing in musical theater workshops and
In 2006, Lisa headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas, where she performed at
every major hotel on the strip as a lead vocalist in several bands. She also
played “Peggy” in the musical, “The Taffetas”, and performed as a featured
vocalist with the Las Vegas Tenors. In October she was named one of the 10
semi-finalists in the Snickers Sing-Off Jingle Writing Competition..
In 2007 she wrote the music for a production of James and The Giant Peach
that was performed in conjunction with the University of Hawaii. In May, she
headed further west to appear in the west-coast premier of the musical TALES
OF TINSELTOWN at the Crossley Theater in Hollywood, California, and in
August starred as "Peppermint Patty" in SNOOPY, THE MUSICAL - A BENEFIT
FOR DOWNTOWN DOG RESCUE at the McCadden Place Theater, also in
Hollywood, which she co-produced along with college buddy Suzanne Mayes.
In 2008, Lisa continued to stretch her legs as a producer and writer, and
created the online webisode series "Welcome to California!". Acting not only as
producer and star of the show, she also taught herself how to edit and score.
Lisa began 2009 with her daytime TV debut on "Days of Our Lives". Other
projects this year included portraying the lead role in "Ecstasy" the musical
directed by Kay Cole, singing at the Upright Cabaret, joining the band "Bliss
Bomb" as their new lead singer, and also coming closer to finishing her musical,
"The Devil and Daisy Jane", which received a staged reading in January, 2010.
In the fall of 2010, Lisa headed into the studio with Bliss Bomb. They recorded
the first three tracks of their upcoming album (two of which that were written by
Lisa) at the world-renowned Westlake Recording Studio, in Hollywood, CA.
2011 began with a concert reading of "The Devil and Daisy Jane", which marked
the first time the score (comprised of 25 original songs) was played by a live
rock band. In May her song THE BIGGEST BADDEST STAR was performed in
front of L.A.'s top theater professionals at LATC in Hot Night in the City,
Playwright's Arena's annual benefit.
On August 4th, 2011, the first Staged Presentation of "The Devil and Daisy
Jane" debuted in Hollywood and received 10 Stage Scene LA "Scene" Awards,
including "Outstanding New Musical 2010/2011". For more information visit:
Lisa is currently in the studio with Bliss Bomb finishing up their new album,
currently titled Fever Dream, set to be released in the summer of 2013.
Download the first single off the album from iTunes by clicking the image below.
"[The Devil and Daisy Jane is] a frickin' hilarious
piece with loads of great music!"
-Dink O'Neal, Backstage West
David C. Nichols of the Los Angeles Times called
Lisa an "Olivia Newton-John flavored Queen"
and says "Marinacci deftly shifts from bespectacled
nerd to lithe siren."
"[Marinacci] is an accomplished triple-threat performer."
- Les Spindle, Backstage West
"Petite powerhouse Lisa Marinacci [is] excellent."
- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA