Spotlight on: Sligo’s Lisa Stanely

Sligo's Lisa Stanely, gifted singer and co-presenter of the Phil Mack International Country Show

Sligo’s Lisa Stanely, gifted singer and co-presenter of the Phil Mack International Country Show

For lovers of Country Music, one of the most recognisable faces on TV at the moment has to be that of the lovely Lisa Stanley who co-presents the hugely popular Phil Mack Show International Country Show on Sky Channel 192 and Free Sat Channel 403.

In addition, Lisa is kept constantly busy performing with her own band and also touring with Nathan Carter in Ireland and the UK. Lisa’s success is undoubtedly due to a number of factors – her professionalism, and her friendly unaffected personality which comes across so well onscreen.

Although Lisa now lives in Wolverhampton, she was born in Sligo Town and many readers will be familiar with the names of her famous parents – Maisie McDaniel and Fintan Stanley. Maisie was one of the first female superstars of the Irish entertainment industry who at the pinnacle of her career hosted a regular show on Irish TV and had a string of hit records. Lisa has certainly inherited her parents musical talent and her gifted vocal delivery on her many Albums and Singles are a testament to this.

‘I got into music quite late really,’ Lisa remarked, ‘although I always knew I wanted to get involved, I was 19 before I started with a local Band in Sligo called the Treetops, their singer left and so I joined up to take her place.’

The Band gigged mainly around the North West catering for the busy wedding and corporate markets.

Lisa spent six great years with the Treetops, all the while building her knowledge and honing her unique singing style.

Meanwhile, the creative well had sprung, and she began writing her own songs, one of which she submitted to the National Song Contest in 2000. As the entries were whittled down, Lisa was thrilled to find herself one of the final eight who got to perform live on RTE with her own song, Shine.

“On the back of that exposure, I did several festivals in Europe, it was more pop orientated at the time, but ultimately I decided to go down the country music route, after all I knew that best from my Mom”. A few years later, promoter Willie Carthy approached Lisa about putting a Band on the road, and she subsequently became lead vocalist with the Fender Band – many readers will recall the name of Maisie’s Band was the Fendermen.

A devastating blow occurred in Lisa’s life in 2008 when her beloved Mum passed away unexpectedly. The following year, she decided to record a tribute Album of Maisie’s Songs, and was joined in the recording studio by several legends of the Irish Music industry such as Philomena Begley, Sandy Kelly, and her Dad Fintan Stanley.

The album was very well received and Lisa was contacted by Phil Mack who is based in London. Phil was interested in adding Lisa’s album to his substantial collection of Irish artists featured on his website.

Following a meeting with Phil and his wife during a visit to their Irish base in Ballina, Phil invited Lisa to co-host a new TV Show that he was planning to air.

“I said I’d definitely like to have a go,” Lisa said, “And it’s been four and a half years now and still going strong. After a while, we branched out into doing the live Shows during the Weekends, and next year we’re heading to Nashville and a Cruise is also on the cards”.

To say that this busy lady has several strings to her bow is an understatement – along with co-presenting one of the most popular shows on TV, she also performs with her own Band as well as joining Irelands musical prodigy Nathan Carter on the Concert Stage during the past few years on the UK and Irish Circuit.

“It was a great experience and I made a load of new friends and acquired some new fans,” she said.

As Lisa is based in Wolverhampton and her talented band of musicians hail from Birmingham, the Lisa Stanley Band is ideally placed to play gigs the length and breadth of the UK. Readers and venue owners who would like to host this truly unique singer with the winning personality can call 01902 270227 or 075 90557063.

Information on Lisa’s music and career can be found at www.lisa-stanley.com

and the Website for the Phil Mack International Country Show is:

www.philmackcountry.com