Guinness World Record-setting musician Lis Harvey is a North American singer/songwriter whose career spanned from the late 1990s through 2010. She grew up on the New Hampshire Seacoast, and played piano from age five. She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, but studied drama. Her performing songwriter journey took off when she released a gangley EP of guitar-pop songs in 1999. She wrote Teen Angst while delivering pizzas in Los Angeles, then moved to Pittsburgh to finish college at Carnegie Mellon University. Human After All was her first full-length record, with the original title "Hell With The Lid Off.” It was partially funded by an undergraduate research grant, and features climate scientist Minda Berbeco on bass and Joe Chellman on percussion. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, Harvey took to the road. She recorded a live album, Topography, in venues from Alaska to New Hampshire, and used that to promote an extreme-touring project in 2002. The Fifty States Tour, a 60-day, 52-show journey through the US, was a passion project that put Harvey before a national audience. Car Talk and Ripley's Believe It Or Not helped circulate her music. Harvey was ultimately rewarded with a Guinness World Record. Pre-sales of her next record were boosted by an increased fan list, and in 2005 Porcupine won the Madison Area Music Award for best folk album. In the same year, Harvey was invited to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's emerging artist stage. Of the various song contests Harvey won over the years, most notable were the Ottawa Folk Festival in 2004 (which she shared with Dave Carmichael), and Kerrville's New Folk Festival contest. By 2007, Harvey had moved back to California, and began recording songs inspired by and funded in part by an artist grant from the City of Madison. Featuring a supporting performance by Doris Muramatsu (formerly of the gender pop trio Girlyman), Any Two Cards was mixed and mastered by Harvey’s longtime collaborator, composer Duncan Watt. The album is Harvey’s most mature work, but by the time it was released in April of 2008, she had decided to focus on her family. Her last performance before retirement was in Madison, Wisconsin. Watch that one-take recording with host Andy Moore on the 30-Minute Music Hour, here
Today, Harvey lives in Winston-Salem North Carolina, with her children & husband.