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Lisa Moritz: Bio

Lisa Moritz grew up, the youngest child in a family of ten children, in the small town of Tipton, Kansas. As a young child, she received a steady diet of popular music (Joan Baez, Melanie, Carol King, Elton John, Carly Simon and Linda Rondstadt) from the records played by her older sisters and from the radio, which was always on in the house. Lisa took four years of piano lessons in grade school and began writing songs on a half-functional piano in the family home at age eleven. Throughout high school Lisa wrote hundreds of rhymed love poems, some of which were transferred to songs that she composed mostly by ear. During her second year of college Lisa purchased a used guitar, had a friend show her a few chords, and took a one-semester group guitar course that consisted mostly of traditional folk songs. From these basics, Lisa began writing songs on guitar.

For several years after college, Lisa put her writing and her music on hold. She taught high school English briefly and worked at large Kansas City law firms as a litigation paralegal. However, in the mid-90’s Lisa started composing again. In 1999 she met her husband, drummer Kevin Rabas, and largely due to his support and encouragement, began performing at coffee houses in Kansas City in November of 2000. As early as her third performance, audience members were asking if she had a CD for sale. This prompted Lisa to record her self-produced debut album, Dream Of Blue, which was released in August 2002. Lisa’s second album of original songs, Holding Time, was released in March 2007 and combines Lisa’s excellent lyrical ability with harmony vocals, mandolin, bass, slide guitar, piano, violin, and harmonica to create a rich fullness of sound.

Lisa currently lives in Emporia, Kansas with her husband, Kevin Rabas, and son, Eliot (born July 2003). In addition to being a mother, Lisa works as an Adjunct Instructor of English at Emporia State University where she teaches Composition I and Composition II. Lisa continues to write music and perform at local and regional venues. Kevin teaches literature and creative writing at Emporia State University and plays drums with various jazz and folk musicians in the region. Eliot attends second grade, explores the universe, and talks non-stop from the moment he awakens to the time his head hits the pillow.