Proudly Canadian: Lisa Dal Bello

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Credit: Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Folk Music Rick Jackson

Growing up in Woodbridge, Ontario, an eleven year old Lisa was fascinated by her neighbour’s acoustic guitar. At thirteen she began singing professionally, at fifteen she sang her first advertising jingle, a beer commercial. By her late teens, Lisa had become a regular performer on CBC’s Music Machine. The exposure led to a record contract with MCA and the release of her self-titled debut album in 1977. It was to be her only label.

Lisa credits her success to her friend and mentor, Roy Kenner, of the TV show Music Machine, He wrote the R&B influenced song Stand in Your Way on her debut album.

In 1981 Dal Bello, stopped her musical career to concentrate on her reading and poetry. She also took courses on Women and Law at Toronto’s York University. But three years later former guitarist and producer Mick Ronson from Mott the Hoople saw Lisa in a CBC Documentary and convinced her to return to the recording studio. She resigned with Capitol Records and in 1984 WOMANWHOSAYS (the title was a play on ‘human forces’) was released. This album marked a change in her image and attitude from main stream dance music to more diverse stylings. She also shortened her stage name to Dal Bello.

Five years later, in 1989, Dal Bello released the album SHE, featuring the single Tango. In between albums she wrote the lyrics for 99 Red Balloons for Nena, and composed songs for the soundtrack of director Adrian Lyne’s film 9 ½ weeks. (1989)

Throughout her recording career, Dalbello has been a session vocalist and voiceover artist on TV and radio commercials in North America, for which she now also writes and arranges music. In 1982 she sang the theme to the ABC TV movieThe Sins of Dorian Gray. Her voice work also expanded into areas of documentary work, as well as character voices for the TV anime cartoon series Sailor Moon, her most known role as Queen Nehelenia. She performed the song "Always" for the Cheer detergent commercial "Coming Home" that aired in 2003, which was so popular and garnered so many inquires, that Cheer commissioned her to do a full length version which they made available for download from their website. Also in 2003, she performed the corporate "Built for Life in Canada" song for Ford of Canada; the song was a downloadable MP3 from the Canadian Ford website and was available to download until early 2004. Her song "Faith in You (With All Your Heart)" was used to promote the launch of the Ford Focus automobile in North America; commercials featuring it played in movie theatres and on television.
From 2002 to 2008, she was the brand announcer voice for the Canadian cable news network CBC Newsworld, and her voice was heard introducing CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge on the network's flagship nightly news and current affairs program, The National. She also was featured on Degrassi: The Next Generation Theme, the theme song for the first three seasons of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

In late 2011 Dalbello recorded three 30-second songs, "Every Moment", "Lift You Up", and "Something Good", for The Keg chain of steakhouse restaurants in Canada and the United States.

In late 2012, the Juno Awards' online series, Juno TV, interviewed Dalbello, who shared her thoughts on her early career. The interview aired in June 2013, and was also one of her first recorded appearances in over 15 years.

1978 Juno Award Nomination & Win for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year
1979 Juno Award Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year
1980 Juno Award Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year
1982 Juno Award Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year
1984 Juno Award Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year
1984 Juno Award Nomination for Producer of the Year
1985 Juno Award Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year

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