Elliot Murphy’s Low-Down with Lisa Kelly

By  |  0 Comments

Lisa Kelly was born in Dublin, Ireland into a musical family and has performed in the American Production of River Dance and been part of Celtic Woman for many years, but has now retired and announced the opening of The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy and has being doing extremely well. I took some time in asking Lisa Kelly some questions.


Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly

Elliot:What was it like growing up in Dublin, Ireland?

Lisa:I loved growing up in Dublin. It will always be home. My home was full of music and fun. It was   a house of girls so there was always plenty of laughter


Elliot: What made you decide that you wanted to become a performer?

Lisa:I didn’t really decide that was what I wanted to do. I just did it all my life. I loved singing and acting and being on a stage. It was really a natural progression.


Elliot: When you were traveling as part of Celtic Woman, what was your favourite place to perform and why?

Lisa: We were so lucky and got to see so many wonderful parts of the world. There really were too many to mention. Each city held a special place in our hearts. Each audience is different. It really was impossible to name any one particular place.


Elliot: What words of encouragement would you give to young people that want to go into the performing arts?

Lisa: Keep believing in you. Don’t quit at the first ‘No’. Work hard, learn your craft and have respect for others. Theatre life is not easy. You have to not take yourself too seriously and be prepared for getting your heart broken along the way. But what’s meant for you, won’t pass you by.


Elliot: What was it like working with the great music composer, David Downes?

Lisa: I started working with David in Riverdance so we knew each other really well before Celtic Woman. David is extremely talented and is a perfectionist. I loved recording with him because he always pushed me and challenged me.


Elliot: How happy are you with how well The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy School that you created is doing?

Lisa: I’m ecstatic. This is my baby. I have wanted to do it for the longest time. We have had over 500 students through the doors in the last 3 years and we are just about to open a second location in Florida. It’s been hectic but most enjoyable. Watching students blossoming as people and performers has been incredible.


Elliot:When you’re not teaching or performing, what kind of things do you like to do for fun?

Lisa: Ha. I love to cook. I have found that super relaxing over the last couple of years. My kids are older now and busy, so my favourite days are the ones we spend together hanging out at home.


Elliot: How was it that you came to meet your husband, Scott Porter?

Lisa: I met Scott on my very first night on tour with Riverdance. He was my best friend from the start. 16 years later, he still is.


Elliot: If you could do a duet with any singer in the world, who would it be and why them?

Lisa: Ooooooo Michael Buble or Bruno Mars. I love charm and charisma. And those boys have it in bucketful’s


Elliot: How inspired are you that you got the experience of being part of Celtic Woman along with Mairead Nesbitt, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon, Chloe Agnew, Hayley Westerna and Lisa Lambe?

Lisa: I am very proud to have been part of an all-girl group. I learned so much from being on the road with these women both professionally and personal. We had some wonderful special times.


It has been a great and wonderful privilege to do an interview with the wonderful and sweet Lisa Kelly.

Find us on FacebookFind us on FacebookFind us on FacebookFind us on Facebook