Two decades ago Lisa Loeb became the first unsigned artist to top the pop charts when her 1994 debut single "Stay (I Missed You) defied all expectations and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Today the bewitching, bespectacled singer-songwriter remains just as full of surprises, juggling careers as a children's music artist, a reality TV personality, a Food Network host, and -- of course -- a beloved musical performer. Loeb's ninth album No Fairy Tale was a confessional collection of finely crafted songs that reminded fans just why she hit it big in the '90s, and her live shows on tour continue to prove her mettle as a performer. From the vulnerable appeal of her debut smash to empowering torch songs like "I Do", Loeb always treats fans to personality, wit, and heartfelt emotion to spare on her must-see tours.
Maryland-born, Texas-raised Lisa Loeb studied piano during her childhood before switching to guitar in her teens. She started performing while attending Rhode Island's Brown University, where she formed the short-lived group Liz and Lisa with her friend Elizabeth Mitchell and guitarist Duncan Sheik. By the early ‘90s Loeb was making a name for herself on the NYC coffeehouse circuit with her solo acoustic performances. Her involvement in the local arts scene led to a friendship with actor Ethan Hawke, and in 1994 her song "Stay (I Missed You)" was featured in the Hawke-starring film Reality Bites. The song was an overnight sensation, topping the Hot 100 and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance. Loeb followed up in 2005 with her first album Tails, an auspicious debut that landed three singles on the charts including “Do You Sleep” and “Waiting for Wednesday”. Since then she has regularly released albums while also launching her own eyewear line, appearing on a reality TV series about her life, and releasing several children’s books. Despite her busy schedule, the ever-prolific Loeb still makes time for her first creative loves – writing and performing music.