“Just For Once is an amazing album! I’ve seen and helped work with Lisa as her vocal coach from the very beginning of this process and have seen a maturity in her singing and recording that would make the best of jazz singers stand up and take notice. She is, in my estimation, in ... 'the club'”
— Claude McKnight, Take 6
“(Lisa's) is a voice that flows like raw honey, and her supple way with lyrics and melody are a bewitching combination of homage and deeply personal interpretation.”
— Rick Koster, Arts and Culture reporter, The New London Day
Lisa Marien enraptures audiences with her smooth and intuitive jazz vocal stylings. She fuses her experiences and influences to present a repertoire of classic and contemporary song that pleases music lovers of all ages. Listening to Lisa, you'll feel echoes of Sarah Vaughan's elegant phrasing, intertwined with the contemporary smoothness of Anita Baker: a warm, rich palette of sound that embraces you.
She released her debut album Just For Once, with Grammy nominated pianist John di Martino as her musical director/arranger/pianist, Vince Cherico on drums, Hans Glawischnig and James Hunter on bass, Paul Meyers on acoustic guitar, Steve Marien on saxophones, Miguel Rios, Jr. on percussion, Claude McKnight (founder/lead tenor of 10 time Grammy Award winning group Take 6) as her vocal coach, and the engineering talents of Grammy Award winner Christopher Sulit at Trading 8's Studio, and Norman Johnson at Manor Recording.
Lisa has brought her solo show to The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme CT, La Grua Center in Stonington CT, The Garde Arts Center in New London CT, and Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich CT, and has performed jazz concerts with her husband Steve at the Norwich Arts Center. Lisa has also performed with world percussionist Royal Hartigan, with the New World Jazz Orchestra, with jazz ensemble The J Hunter Group, with The New London Big Band, with tribute group The Collective, with top 40 groups Odds On Favorite and After Hours, and with Christian artists Heart's Cry, Roy Dunn Maclean, Mary Shuttleworth, and Tower of Praise. When Lisa's not singing jazz, she's "on stage" with one of her favorite audiences: music students in the Arts Magnet Pathway of the New London Public Schools in Connecticut.