Song:Stay (I Missed You)
Album:The Very Best Of Lisa Loeb
When a debut single tops the charts as Stay did in 1994, it's all downhill from there. And in Lisa Loeb's case, she didn't even have a record deal at the time. The song rode the success of the 1994 film Reality Bites. Lisa was born Mar. 11, 1968 in Bethesda, MD and grew up in Dallas where her dad was a doctor and her mom was a hospital administrator. Her brother Benjamin Loeb is a classical pianist, sister Debbie Loeb is an electronic dance music producer, brother Phillip Loeb is a recording engineer. Lisa graduated from Brown University with a degree in comparative literature in 1990. She formed Liz and Lisa with roommate Elizabeth Mitchell and guitarist Duncan Sheik. They released a couple of albums independently and then Lisa studied at Berklee in Boston and formed her band Nine Stories. She recorded a cassette that she would sell at gigs. She was playing mostly in the New York area and record companies were showing interest. One of her neighbours in New York City was actor Ethan Hawke. He liked the song Stay and gave it to Reality Bites director Ben Stiller and producer Stacy Sher and they played it over the end credits. It appeared on the soundtrack and they shot a video and released Stay as a single. It shot to the top of the charts. And remember Lisa was unsigned. She soon signed with Geffen Records and her 1995 CD Tails was certified Gold. Her 1997 CD Firecracker was also certified Gold. But Stay turned out to be her only top ten hit. This budget comp is a good intro to her music. She has also recorded for A & M, Artemis and Zoe. Her latest CD No Fairy Tale was released in 2013 on 429 Records. She still tours. She has recorded children's music and written children's books. She's done the reality shows Dweezil & Lisa with then boyfriend Dweezil Zappa on The Food Network in 2004 and Number 1 Single for E! in 2006. She has turned up occasionally on TV, most recently on the Netflix show Orange Is The New Black. And she has her own eyewear line. I give her credit for taking a fluke hit single and turning it into a long term career. Here's the video for Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb.