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Lisbeth Scott
Chris Chagaris

Lisbeth Scott is both multifaceted and ubiquitous, although she's not a household name--yet. Multifaceted because she sings and writes her material and she also plays a multitude of instruments: piano, guitar and djembe to name a few. Ubiquitous because her ethereal vocals and lyrics have graced many television shows and movies, most notably Scott contributed lyrics and her voice to the movie score of The Passion of the Christ. That film directly influenced and inspired her new CD, Passionate Voice (Sarathan Records). 

This new album consists of 10 songs focusing on the spirit that aim to transcend earthly boundaries and explore the essence of spirituality in all of our lives. "It's sort of complex for me, but my work on the film was an affirmation for me for what my voice would be used for, which is to comfort and move people," she says. "It think that when The Passion came along, the lyric writing and the vocals I did for the movie really were a clear affirmation as to how to use my voice. It felt right. Regardless of how a person feels-whether they are Christian or not-there's a strong spiritual presence in the film. And, that sense of spirit figured prominently in making Passionate Voice."

Scott, a practicing Christian who says she has a deep belief in God and Christ, does not subscribe to any specific religion (she was raised Episcopalian).  The songs on her CD resonate with a strong, positive message that is life-affirming. "To Love and Be Loved" focuses on the beauty of love. "For me, that song's personal, and universal," she says. "It's the core of what I believe we're here on earth for. (The lyrics) Just came out, and they were exactly what I wanted to say."

Another track, the upbeat "No One But You," centers on the beauty in all of us despite times we may do things to obscure that beauty. "That songs shows that we all have moments of doubt, moments when we think, hey, I've totally screwed up, but we get right back on track again," Scott says. "Even people who don't believe in God may turn to Him in a desperate moment and not admit it. Which is okay, because it's between God and them." This very personal view of God and spirit permeates Passionate Voice, as it doesn't aim to profess any particular religious view; rather, listeners can take whatever spiritual meaning from the songs that may speak directly to them. The songs have a loving, comforting quality to them, which is what Scott aims to accomplish. 

Scott, who is originally from Boston but now resides in California, co-wrote some of the songs on Passionate Voice with her husband, Nathan Barr, with whom she also co-produced the album. He also plays various instruments on it. "I love writing and working with my husband," she says. Scott has more projects in the pipeline to follow-up this CD. "I will be releasing a 6-song EP, which will be vocals and piano, covers of spiritual songs, songs that have touched me. I also am looking to do another piano/vocal EP of original material."

Whatever music Lisbeth Scott does, you can count on her to infuse it with her spiritual, soul-searching and ultimately uplifting style. "The bottom line for me is that I love singing, and want to use it to touch many people."


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