Lisa is one of the founding members of the band Hippie Tendencies and has written two albums with the band, though a songwriter in her own right she often performs Jazz standards.
FOUR ITALIAN MUSICIANS AND THEIR AMERICAN LEAD SINGER LISA MARIE SIMMONS MAKE UP THE BAND HIPPIE TENDENCIES.
(Marco Cremaschini - keys, piano, Cesare Valbusa - drums , Massimo Saviola - electric bass, Christian Codenotti - acoustic guitar and vocals and Lisa Marie Simmons their American co-composer/singer/songwriter)
The first album, recorded mixed and mastered at Ritmo&Blu studios in north Italy covers a wide variety of subject matter. The title track answers the question of their choice of band name. While a nod to Lisa’s upbringing in Boulder Colorado, they also seek to reflect the most positive aspects of the Hippie/Beatnik movement while not claiming to be Hippies themselves. The band members simply believe in peaceful solutions to global problems, sustainable energy, and acceptance of religious, cultural and sexual diversity. H.T.’s 2nd album IDENTITY, recorded principally again at Ritmo & Blu studios with some recording done at the Digitube studio in Mantova, was released in 2014 by Alfa Music. The subject matter is diverse and socially relevant, touching on themes that cover the spectrum, from the classic theme of love to the equally classic theme of heartbreak. From reflections on immigration to child abuse. The lyrics are often profound and moving and melodies shift from soulful, African rhythms to upbeat funk and jazz tones.
“This prestigious acoustic quartet is the musical essence of Lisa Simmons, whose
warm and vibrant voice is capable of expressing a very eclectic musicality, but who is
also the author of lyrics which are intense and never banal.” Giornale di Brescia
.. One listens to music which is soul driven yet caressed by jazz and pop nuances that
touch upon, from time to time, the territories of folk and blues. A completely original
product, full of potential commerciality.”