Lisa Mitts started with piano at the age of six and studied as a music major all the way through college. Preferring not to become a classical pianist, she switched her major to Journalism and Communications with a minor in music. Life took its course with marriage and children and in 2002, Lisa re-visited her music background and began to write songs both on piano and guitar.
Lisa is an ISSA(International Singer Songwriter Association) finalist and nominated for the Josie Music Awards singer/songwriter, recording artist, performer and worship leader. She resides in Auburn, WA with her husband David. They have four children and three grandchildren.
In June of 2006 they and their four children moved to the northern Galilee region of Israel, just two weeks before the 2nd Lebanon war broke out. They established a Healing Center and worked throughout Israel bringing healing to broken hearts for 4 1/2 years. It was during this time that Lisa began to hone in her songwriting and began recording professionally at Rain on Me Productions, during summer visits back to Washington.
In the summer of 2009, Lisa recorded her first in-studio album “My Heart Burns” with songs written in Israel, some including Hebrew. One of the songs on that album “Jerusalem City of God” was put to a video/photo-story and uploaded to YouTube. The song was also translated into Chinese subtitles by a fan who desired to see the song spread and reached to tens of thousands of people.
Inspired to write more and go to the next level of production, Lisa recorded another album in the summer of 2010. “Deeper Love” was released that fall. That project was a little more contemporary in both English and Hebrew worship. Both albums were produced by Allen Stone at Rain on Me Productions in Sammamish, WA.
In December 2010 family and ministry needs brought the Mitts back to Washington State. In the summer of 2011 Lisa worked again with R&B artist Allen Stone, this time to co-write and produce together a more excellent project. “You Found Me”, Lisa’s 3rd album reflects her story and testimony in simple yet powerful songs, featuring some of Seattle’s best musicians. One of the tracks, ‘Where Has Love Gone?’ was released on May 31, 2012 as Lisa’s first professional music video and was awarded Best Music Video at the International Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles in Sept 2015. The “Where Has Love Gone?” music video can be seen on YouTube and continues to grow rapidly in the number of people viewing it daily worldwide.
The gripping and dramatic music video is a cry to rescue child victims of sex slavery which has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. affecting over 300,000 children between the ages of 12-17 and 27 million children worldwide. Since the release of that video, Lisa has become a strong advocate for survivors of sex-trafficking. She and David established a 501C3 non-profit called Destiny House Restoration Center, a rehabilitation and restoration center for survivors for the purpose of restoring identity and destiny. Lisa donates a portion of her album sales to the foundation she and her husband and their small church community foundedwww.destinyhouserc.org.
Because of Lisa’s own personal story of healing from major trauma, her prayer is that the songs she has written with the inspiration of the Spirit of God will strike a chord in your own heart to know God’s love in such a way that you will be set free from the chains of fear, depression, shame and other things that keep you from walking in the full destiny He has appointed for you! To read more about Lisa’s testimony, click here.
Lisa’s single “Waiting for You” was released on Sept. 17th, 2013 produced by Canadian singer/songwriter Jon Bryant. The single inspired a new project entitled “Songbird” which was produced and mixed at the well-known Castle Recording Studios (Franklin, TN) and several songs recorded there with top Nashville studio musicians including Gordon Mote, Joel Keys, Spencer Ward and Chip Davis. The album reflects both a big sound of rock praise and more intimate love songs, including a song written for her husband, “Love Has Never Failed Us Both”, as well as her first country song, Let Love Rain Down Tonight. The title cut “Songbird” is written and dedicated specifically for the sex trafficked victim who, tragically, is never is heard or seen from again.