Hailing from Southern New Jersey, Lisa Caliva began her pursuit of a lifelong career in music at the tender age of 10, when she began studying the viola in her school orchestra. She spent the next four years studying classical music and technique on the viola, but by the age of 14, Lisa became interested in other styles of music - primarily rock and country. Wanting to learn a more mainstream instrument which she could play in a band, Lisa asked her dad to teach her guitar. However, her dad, a professional musician and band-leader for a country artist at the time, suggested she learn bass since she was already proficient on viola, another 4-stringed instrument. She took his suggestion and within the first few hours of trying the bass for the first time, Lisa was already playing songs by AC/DC, Joan Jett, The Runaways, and others. She was immediately hooked and felt right at home on the bass. A few months later, Lisa's father felt she was already able to take on the role as the bassist in the band he was leading, and the rest, as they say, is history.
By the age of 16, Lisa was professionally playing and touring with several artists. In 2013, She and her dad relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in order to further their careers in the music industry and explore other opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. In addition to playing full time both locally in Nashville and on the road with several artists, Lisa also began studying with some of the most respected bass players in Nashville, including Annie Clements (Sugarland, Holly Williams, Amos Lee) and Roy Vogt (Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers, Jerry Reed). She continues to hone her skills in a variety of genres, including Bluegrass, Jazz, and Funk. Artists with whom she has worked include Payton Taylor, Kelsey K, Liz Kilgo, and Chris Turner. She has shared the stage and performed in bands who have opened for major acts such as The Charlie Daniels Band, Hunter Hayes, Colt Ford, and many more.
Achieving all these accomplishments by the age of 18, it's clear Lisa will someday join the ranks of the legendary and respected musicians, whom she so greatly admires. She has covered a lot of road, but she is still at the beginning of her journey, and the road will be long and wide for this talented, driven, young bassist.