Although she wasn’t sure she even wanted to pursue music as a career, Lisa Lavie has quickly become one of the most talked-about acts on the Internet — all thanks to posting a video for her song “Angel” on YouTube.
How successful has “Angel” been? How does receiving over 1 million views in just 60 hours grab you? As the phenomenon took off, Lavie tried to respond on YouTube to the more than 10,000 encouraging comments left by viewers — with so much activity resulting in the web-page thinking she was actually a spam computer program and suspending her account.
Within two days, however, after loud protests from Lavie’s burgeoning fan base, she was back on YouTube, along with clips for tunes “Falling For You” and “Save Your Breath.”
“This has been, and is, such an amazing journey,” she says. “From suspended to featured, 20,000 views to over a million in just days — this emotional rollercoaster has been nothing short of amazing.”
The Montreal native has been working on her debut album with producer Ben Margulies, the man behind the now-famous five-song demo that a fledgling artist named Mariah Carey was hawking in the 1980s. “I had her sing to me on a cell phone from a mall in Canada,” Margulies says, “and I heard something really special in her voice. I’ve worked with a lot of great singers, and Lisa’s got everything it takes to be a superstar.”
Her exponentially growing fan base would agree, though Lavie wasn’t always so sure. “I didn’t always want to be a singer. There was a time when I used to want to be a pediatrician or a marine biologist, but then I realized I’d have to go through a lot of schooling, so I changed my mind,” she laughs.
Now living in California, Lavie is eager to take her next career step, releasing the long-gestating album. “Everyone that’s heard it thinks it’s something pretty special,” she says, adding with a chuckle, “I’m starting to believe it, too.”