Since beginning in 1995, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats are today the world's most beloved Americana/Cajun/Zydeco band. Lisa's newest album, "Joy Ride," promises to take the genre to new heights. Charting on Billboard 2008 with Grammy® nominated "King Cake" and 2011 with "Absolutely Live!," this fourth-generation fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter inspires all ages with her incredible band of smiling scoundrels.
Her original tunes and Louisiana Bayou, French Celtic, R&B and Jazz rhythms represent Zydeco for GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood Bowl Summersounds, Sir George Martin's (Beatles producer) "Rhythm of Life," and festivals in over 20 countries.
Among her fans are Keb'Mo' and Little Richard.
The most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today! Prepare to catch "Zydecosis!"
ONSTAGE: Lisa has performed with her band for thousands of venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia including:
- Los Angeles Music Center - headlining (USA)
- Warner Cultural Center - headlining (USA)
- Hollywood Bowl Summersounds - headlining (USA)
- Telluride Jazz Festival (USA)
- Pori Jazz Fest - artists in residence (Finland)
- Disneyland, CA Millennium 2000 New Years Fantasy - headlining (USA)
- City of Los Angeles Millennium 2000 Celebration - worldwide broadcast on ABC-TV News (USA)
- Disneyland, Paris, 4th of July Celebration - headlining (France)
- World Cup Soccer Fest (USA)
- Major League Baseball Fanfest (USA)
- Rainforest World Music Fest - headlining (Borneo)
- Live Celebration Fest, Nagoya (Japan)
- Magic Johnson Foundation Mardi Gras (USA)
- Louisiana Hayride (USA)
- Skagen Fest (Denmark)
- World Next Door Fest (Canada)
- Tuno Island Fest (Denmark)
- Belladrum Tartan Heart Fest (Scotland)
- Bastille Day Fest - headlining (USA)
- Northern Rockies Folk Fest - headlining (USA)
- Sacramento Jazz Jubilee - headlining (USA)
- International Cajun & Zydeco Fest - headlining (Holland)
- Belgium R&B Festival (Belgium)
- Doheny Blues Fest (USA)
- Vancouver Island Folk Fest (Canada)
- International Folk Festival Portugalete - headlining (Spain/Basque)
- Santa Barbara International Jazz Fest, CA -headlining (USA)
- Stan Rogers Folk Fest (Canada)
- Cazorla Fest - headlining (Spain)
- Bury National Cajun & Zydeco Fest -headlining (UK)
- Festas da Praia Blues Fest - headlining (Azores/Portugal)
- Monterey Bay Blues Fest (USA)
- Aalborg Blues Fest -headlining (Denmark)
- Lake Arrowhead Jazz Fest, CA - headlining (USA)
- Maine Lobster Fest - headlining (USA)
- Palm Springs Jazz Fest, CA -headlining (USA)
- LMNOP Fest, Louisiana (USA)
- Rhode Island Cajun Fest (USA)
- Flathead Festival -headlining (USA)
- Maine Arts Fest (USA)
- Winterthur Fest (Switzerland)
- Long Beach Cajun Zydeco Fest, CA (USA)
- Taste Louisiana Fest (USA)
- many film and music industry events including Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Fox, Paramount.
... and performing as backing violinist/vocalist for other artists, including:
- Roskildefest (Denmark)
- Amsterdam Blues Fest (Holland)
- Newport Folk Fest (USA)
- Dresden State Musikhalle (East Germany)
- Cover story, Gig Magazine (USA)
- Los Angeles Times (USA)
- Downbeat Magazine (International)
- Satakunnan Kansa, review of Pori Jazz Festival appearance (Finland)
- Blues News Magazine (Finland)
- Gary Hayman, "The ZydE_Zine" internet magazine
- "Artist of the Month", ZydecoRoad (USA)
- "Zydeco Band of the Year" (USA)
- Dirty Linen Magazine (USA)
- Rootstown Music Magazine (Belgium)
- Manchester Evening News (UK)
- Chili Pepper Magazine (USA)
RECENT ALBUM CREDITS:
- Brian Setzer Orchestra ("Americano" on "Vavoom", Interscope)
- John Hyatt ("Walk On", Capitol)
- Dave Coz ("December Makes Me Feel This Way", (House of Blues)
- Toad the Wet Sprocket ("Pale", Columbia)
- John Barry (Capitol)
- Dramarama ("Vinyl", Chameleon/Elektra)
- Carlene Carter (Warner)
- Paul Horn ("Traveler", Global Pacific)
- Bryndle ("All the Way Gone" on "House of Silence)
- Rahsaan Patterson ("Love In Stereo", MCA/LaFace)
- Mark Spiro ("Care of My Soul", Sony)
- Queen Ida ("Newport Folk Fest Live")
- Zydeco Party Band ("It's Traditional" and "Dancin' on the Levee")
- "The Beverly Hillbillies Movie", as redhaired fiddler Hortense Clampett (20th Century Fox)
- "A Thing Called Love" with River Phoenix - as Cajun fiddler / singer (Paramount)
- "The Barbara Mandrell Story" as young Barbara's fiddleplayer (CBS-TV movie)
- "Man in the Moon" with Jim Carey (Universal)
- "Red Dragon" with Sir Anthony Hopkins (Universal)
- "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" with Jason Segel (Universal)
- "Waterboy" (Hollywood Pictures -Adam Sandler film)
- "The Muppet Movie"
- National Lampoon's "Seven Deadly Sins"
- "Once Upon A Time: Rapunzel" (HBO)
- "A Thing Called Love" (Paramount)
- Where the Red Fern Grows"
- "Delta Heat"
- "Mr. Atlas"
- "The Bridge"
- "The Grave"
TELEVISION - ONCAMERA:
- "The Tonight Show", performing with Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett
- "The Rhythm of Life" Sir George Martin film. Features Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Sting, Lionel Richie, and several "bands of the future" including Lisa Haley & the Zydekats. Broadcasts on BBC-1 in Europe and USA.
- NBC's "Las Vegas" - 'Mardi Gras' episode, performing an original tune and playing live with Little Richard
- "Best of CD Highway", performance and interview on PBS, airing on 111 US stations, and 70 foreign countries. Other guests include Willie Nelson, Doug Kershaw, Lou Rawls, and Rita Cooledge.
- "Firefly" (FOX TV) (Vondie Curtis-Hall director)
- Disney / Home & Family Show Mardi Gras Special (Family Channel)
- Gloria Estefan Olympics video, "Puedes Llagar"
- Lyla McGann video, "Down Came A Blackbird" (Electra)
- Dolly Parton video, "When I Fall In Love"
- Band leader / music director on Emmy-winning "The Late Mr. Pete Show" (KTLA) (performing with guests including Steve Allen, Dick Clark, Susan Anton, Martin Mull and Sam Kennison)
- "Good Morning America"
- "Take Five" (PBS)
- performances and interviews on national networks in France, Borneo, East and West Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.S. and Canada.
- "American Idol," including "Born to Fly" for Lauren Alaina and "Time of Your Life" for James Durbin
- "Napoleon Dynamite"
- "The New Adams Family"
- "Mystic Knights"
- "Northern Exposure"
- "Texas Rangers"
- "MTM Show".
COMMERCIALS - ONCAMERA:
- "You've Got the Right One, Uh-huh" with Ray Charles (Pepsi)
- "The Conductor" (Raisin Bran)
Federal Express, Michelob, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Crystal Hamburgers, Carnation, Mexico Tourism, Direct-TV, Infiniti, Taco Bell, Budweiser, BellSouth, Cancer Society, Webers Bread, Kinko's, Popeye's, Burger King, many more.
Networks in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Borneo, Japan, and Canada.
- "The Pro Shop" (13 - episode variety golf TV series featuring Bob Hope and Tiger Woods.)
- "Nickolai's Dream" (Telly-winning documentary film)
- "How to Win at Golf Without Really Cheating" (video comedy)
Lisa plays: violin, viola, mandolin, Cajun accordion, guitar, jawharp, washboard