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Lisa Loeb

b. March 11, 1968

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Lisa Loeb until we are able to commission a full entry.

Lisa Loeb in Chicago, June 2, 2011.

Courtesy of Lee Klawans/Wikimedia Commons

The first singer to have a Number One single in the US without a recording contract, Lisa Loeb has since proven that she is no one-hit wonder with a dozen albums to her credit. While still an undergraduate at Brown, Loeb formed the band Liz and Lisa with classmate Elizabeth Mitchell, releasing two albums together, then created the band Nine Stories after her graduation in 1990. In 1994, her friend Ethan Hawke chose to use her song “Stay” in the credits of his hit film Reality Bites, catapulting her single to the top of the charts. She released her debut album, Tails, the following year, and has followed these with an album every two or three years for the last two decades. Known for her distinctive look, she launched a signature line of eyeglasses in 2010. She has also published two children’s books to tie in with children’s albums she released. Passionate about summer camp from her own childhood experiences, she created the Camp Lisa Foundation for underprivileged children in 2009.

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