About Lisa Davies
LISA DAVIES, founder of Caravela Music Ltd and Lisa Davies Promotions, has worked on the front line in the music industry for over 30 years and 28 of those as a Radio and TV promotions/PR.
“Music is in my blood. My grandfather sang and regularly performed in musical theatre shows in London’s West End. He later became a song plugger, working for the music publishing houses of Tin Pan Alley in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s. My father was a professional jazz drummer until WW2 unfortunately changed his career path. I attended drama school and have enjoyed singing and playing guitar on a semi-pro level since I was 11 and continue to keep my hand in. I’ve lived and breathed the music business since I left school, aged 16, and have been a ‘front line’ TV and Radio plugger/PR since the age of 18. This job was made for me and I enjoy every minute of it!”
- Lisa Davies
In her role as Promotions Manager in the 1980s for the then CBS label, Epic, Lisa masterminded and executed hugely successful promotions campaigns for artists such as Michael Jackson (ie. ‘Thriller’ & ’ Bad’ albums), The Jacksons, Abba, Wham! , George Michael, Sade, Men At Work, plus 23 consecutive Top 10 hits by Shakin’ Stevens, and countless other No. 1s. Prior to that, Lisa was Promotions Manager at Magnet Records, where she promoted artists such as Chris Rea, The Darts, Alvin Stardust, Matchbox and Bad Manners.
After taking a short break to start her family in the late 1980s, Lisa returned to Sony (as CBS had by then become) as a freelance PR, working across most of the company’s labels, promoting their major pop, rock and classical CD releases and videos/DVDs, including many by her previous Epic artists.
In early 1990, due to a high demand of her promotions services, Lisa set up her own company, Lisa Davies Promotions. She rapidly found herself being hired by all the majors and many indie labels too, working on their priority releases across numerous genres.
In 1999, following high recommendation from The Shadows’ management, Lisa had the opportunity to work with Sir Cliff Richard. Her first project with him was ‘The Millennium Prayer’. The campaign was a massive success in the UK. The release went to No. 1, sold 1.4 million copies and became the biggest selling single by a British artist that year.
Lisa has since forged a long standing and close working relationship with Sir Cliff and he remains one of her most cherished and major clients.
Lisa is also extremely privileged to continue working with her other long standing global star clients, including Chris de Burgh (since 1998) and Mark Knopfler (since his global Top 3 hit album ‘Sailing to Philadelphia in 2000).
In the early 2000’s, Lisa was one of the first PRs to promote a string of million selling cross-over classical artists in the UK, including Russell Watson and Hayley Westenra, then a few years later, world famous opera stars, Bryn Terfel and Alfie Boe, renowned ‘cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber and violinist, Andre Rieu. She continues her work in this field and has had much recent success with Blake, Libera and Wynne Evans (Go Compare tenor).
By 2001, Lisa had for several years been working with million selling South African Zulu group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, famous for their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album. The group's UK tour that year happened to coincide with Mr Mandela’s visit to London. The nation's media was scrambling for the exclusive interview with the great man and at the same time, Lisa had been liaising with the Senior Editor of BBC TV’s David Frost on Sunday programme to secure a booking for the group around their tour. The Editor had heard that Ladysmith Black Mambazo was in fact Mr Mandela’s favourite music artists and he figured by booking them for a timely performance it just might nail the big media exclusive for his programme… and it worked! During Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s performance on David Frost's live BBC TV broadcast, Nelson Mandela was shown dancing enthusiastically along to the group’s music. The interview became an iconic piece of TV and was beamed across the world.
In contrast to the above, Lisa’s general great appreciation and eclectic taste in music means she is just as at home promoting projects by rock legends such as, David Coverdale (Whitesnake), Tony Iommi and Ozzie Osbourne (Black Sabbath), also Motorhead, Marillion and Ritchie Blackmore (Blackmore’s Night).
Other landmark projects Lisa has promoted include two classical works by Sir Paul McCartney, plus his ‘Flaming Pie’ album, seventeen Elvis Presley No. 1 single re-releases, which included achieving the 1000th Official UK Chart No. 1 with ‘One Night’ and Cliff Richard & The Shadows’ ‘Reunited’ world tour, album and DVD. Another high point of her career so far was having the opportunity to work with the legendary Robin Gibb on several single and album releases.
Lisa Davies Promotions continues to work across the board and the company's artist roster remains diverse by choice. Current and recent client projects include celebrity and well established artists/personalities, namely Cliff Richard, Chris de Burgh, Hank Marvin, plus 70 million selling author Frederick Forsyth.
Additionally LDP also handles very well established acts such as Leee John/Imagination, T'Pau, Bruce Foxton (from The Jam), Dean Friedman, Beverley Craven, Mari Wilson, Vonda Shepard, Leo Sayer, Stella Parton (her joint project with her sister Dolly), Mike Peters and The Alarm, guitar icon Albert Lee, Smokie frontman Chris Norman and Peter Howarth, lead singer of long time clients, The Hollies (plus we handle Peter's solo tour bookings).
The company also represents No. 1 classical crossover artists Paul Potts, Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo), Rebecca Newman, Jonathan Antoine, Libera, Nicholas McCarthy, Melissa Alder, Blake, Joanna Forest and Royal classical composer, Olga Thomas.
‘Lisa Davies Promotions’ is additionally proud to be working with classical music label TADLOW MUSIC and artists Christina Johnston and Margaret Keys.
We are also excited to have been recently appointed PRs for two fabulous new major stage musical show productions, namely ' CALLAS' (the story of the legendary opera star, Maria Callas) and also 'It's Only Just Begun' (The Carpenters).
We were delighted to work recently with TV and radio broadcaster, Mike Read and PRS for Music as judges and PRs on series 1 of Tin Pan Alley, a programme dedicated to discovering great new song writers.
Lisa Davies Promotions’ most recent and exciting development is taking on the role of Head of PR, the world’s largest adult contemporary choir, plus representing Military Wives Choirs and rock legend Suzi Quatro.
Finally, we congratulate Curse of Lono on receiving the Bob Harris Newcomer of the Year Award at the 2019 Americana UK Awards ceremony in London.
LDP is always on the search for new and exciting talent to introduce to the media and generally assist with the development of.
Lisa personally manages and promotes the popular London singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong.
Lisa is an accomplished musician and regularly performs with her busy and successful covers band, Atlantis.