We had the good fortune of connecting with CHAMBERS/ Lisa Chamberlain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CHAMBERS/, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
I read “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity” a few years ago and it truly was life changing! The book teaches you techniques to cultivate your creative skills while identifying your blocks and fears. The 12 week book has a weekly reading, exercises, morning journaling, and an artist date. I loved the structure, imagination and healing it brought me while connecting my artistic creativity to my spiritual connection with God. I recommend to it almost everyone I meet, whether you are an artist or not you can learn from this book! I still practice the exercise of morning pages (I have a full box of journals at home) which usually is the birth place of many of my song lyrics!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota in an artistic and musical home. So I’m not surprised I grew up to be a singer, songwriter, actress, model and artist who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. It’s been a wild ride and I’ve learned to set my mind to find joy and contentment in the small steps while enjoying the process. I’m happy that I’m doing what I love while trusting God with my future and asking Him to direct my steps. I’ve learned confidence in being a multifaceted artist as I’ve felt pressure since day one to pick between music and acting. My music has always been an outlet for me to process, heal and tell stories, while acting is a fun way to entertain people with my bubbly personality. I’ve learned to listen to my gut-initially, my music artist name was CHAMBERS, and when it came time to release my music due to other artists with the same name I was advised to go by something else. I released my debut EP “Unapologetic” as Lisa Chamberlain on all streaming platforms but soon felt like I lost apart of me, my edge, confidence and missed being the “muse” of CHAMBERS. I can’t go back but I can now move forward with excitement to release new content as CHAMBERS and it feels so good to be back! Now more than ever I am proud of my CHAMBERS brand and have plans to expand using it for my multi-faceted art. With things changing daily with Covid I’m learning new avenues to share my music by live streaming shows on Instagram the new music app Sessions Live!
I have a single coming out Friday August 14th called “Strong” I initially wrote it over a breakup awhile back but am releasing it now as I an encouragement to everyone during these challenging times, the end of the song says “you and strong and then continues to say, we are strong”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh wow what a fun question! Even though I’ve lived in LA for 7 years now I still get excited giving my friends a proper LA tour 🙂
A day in Santa Monica: shop the 3rd Street Promenade, lunch at Cha-Cha-Chicken (Jerk Chicken Enchiladas with plantains) ride the ferris wheel on the pier at sunset, and grab a drink with beautiful views on the Shang-ri-La Hotel rooftop.
Malibu Beach Day: drive down the PCH, with a great Spotify playlist of Queen and the Beatles to El Madator State Beach for breathtaking views of the ocean. On the way home grab dinner at the Malibu Pier or Cholada Beach Thai Cuisine.
Beverly Hills: Starline bus tour, yes I’m talking about those obnoxious open tour buses and have fun with it! I pretend I’m visiting from Minnesota and really turn UP my Midwest accent :), grab a Sprinkles cupcake, walk down Rodeo Drive, and head to Gallery Michael, an art gallery that includes work from Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Miró, Matisse, and Chagall.
Hollywood: start off the day with a hike at the Hollywood reservoir see up close views of the Hollywood Sign, head to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame. At night either catch a movie at the Arclight Dome theater, an improv show at Second City or in the summer go to the rooftop cinema club at Neuehouse. At the end of your night head to No Vacancy for a drink at one of LA’s best speak easy bars! WeHo: Walk down Sunset Boulevard, grab brunch at the Ivory on Sunset inside the Mondrian Hotel for a sophisticated view of the city, go LACMA to of course grab a photo with Urban Light exhibit, head to the the Nice Guy for dinner and after cross the street to end your night at the The Roger Room.
Day trip: head to Santa Barbara to hike Inspirational Point or drive to Ojai to visit Topa Mountain Winery. It also wouldn’t be a trip to Los Angeles without taking a yoga class too 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a big shout out to all my friends and family who have supported, prayed, and encouraged my artistic journey, to all the artists and photographers I have collaborated with, the Los Angeles Songwriters Collective, and Hillsong Church NYC: I’ve been watching their live streams on Youtube to keep my head on straight during this Covid 19 lockdown!
Shout out to my next single “Strong” on all streaming platforms Friday August 14!
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/reaching-single/1449208122 IMDb: www.lisa-chamberlain.com
Ashley Roberts, Joseph Cultice & Nikki Mata