Lisa Loeb is a singer/songwriter, producer, touring artist, actor, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling number (or No.) 1 hit song, “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites, as well as two back-to-back albums that were certified Gold—Tails and Firecracker. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first musician to have a number (or No.) 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles, “Do You Sleep,” “I Do” and “Let’s Forget about It” and the albums Cake and Pie, The Way It Really Is, and No Fairy Tale.
A native of Dallas, Loeb earned a degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo Liz and Lisa (with Elizabeth Mitchell). The pair built a substantial following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. Fellow singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik also played in the band during Loeb’s final year of college.
When Loeb moved to New York City after graduation, she continued to develop her vision, this time as a solo artist, and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. This led to Reality Bites and “Stay” in 1994, and the rest, as they say, is history. The fact that “Stay” became a number one single in 1994 and still resonates with people today is a testament to Loeb’s gift as a songwriter and storyteller.
Lisa Loeb has successfully parlayed her talents into a multidimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work, and children’s recordings. Her acclaimed studio CDs include her major-label debut, the gold-selling Tails (Geffen, 1995), and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, gold-selling Firecracker (Geffen, 1997). In 2002, Loeb distributed the album Cake and Pie through Interscope Records, and the record was later re-released, complete with additional tracks, as Hello Lisa (Artemis, 2002).
As someone who spent years performing in many plays and musicals growing up, Loeb’s foray into professional acting began in 1997 with cameos in television shows such as The Nanny and Cupid. She has since continued to add television credits to her ever-expanding repertoire, including appearances on The Drew Carey Show, The Chris Isaak Show, and Gossip Girl. In 2004, Loeb co-produced and starred in the first of two television series, Dweezil and Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for Food Network. Her second show, Number 1 Single, appeared on E! Entertainment Television in 2006 and featured Loeb’s inspiring journey to find love. Loeb starred in her first feature film role, opposite Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, in the movie House on Haunted Hill in 1999. In 2011, she added Fright Night to her big-screen credentials, and she has appeared in the films Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Nia Vardalos’ film Helicopter Mom in 2014. She wrote the theme song, “321 Let Go” for the movie. In 2017, she appears as a guest on television’s “Teachers” and “Those Who Can’t.”
Today, Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen. The mom of two designs an eyewear line, Lisa Loeb Eyewear, in partnership with Classique Eyewear. In 2017, five new styles for teens, tweens and petite women debuted. All are available at Costco.
Forever the fearless performer, Loeb is constantly exploring her creativity and telling original stories, whether by writing a book, producing a TV show, or continuing to develop her acting career. Visit LisaLoeb.com for the latest updates.