Lyssa Coulter describes the early part of her life as something out of Taylor Swift’s song, “The Best Day”. A beautiful house, a seemingly perfect family, where she could often be found with her karaoke machine, ready to sing for anyone that would listen. Lyssa was an extroverted child who looked forward to music class at school and couldn’t wait to sing. She tried all kinds of sports, but that just wasn't her thing, it always came back to music.
Life changed for Lyssa as a teenager, her parents divorced and away went that beautiful house. The extroverted child became withdrawn and the target of bullies at school. “It was kind of a low point in my life,” says Coulter. Lyssa started being homeschooled and playing guitar, a little pink electric Lyon. The next year she received a nice acoustic guitar and was also taking vocal lessons, mostly just musical theater. Coulter is a self-taught guitarist, like so many are.
A music class gave her opportunities to experience playing in front of an audience at Faneuil Hall in Boston. At first she would sing to backing tracks, but eventually she would play her guitar. Not knowing what genre she really fit in with at that point, it was mainly Pop and Country covers that she and her friends would sing.
Lyssa Coulter is an artist that had a huge defining moment as far as her genre and career in music.
It occurred at the House of Blues for a Kelsea Ballerini concert. “As soon as the lights came up and I heard the music I knew it. The outfits, everything. I got to meet Kelsea twice that night. It just all came together. I knew that was what I wanted to do. I feel really fortunate to have had that moment.”
From there, she’s played the recently closed Opry City Stage in New York City after being a Top Ten Finalist in a Nash Next competition. Since then she’s even played on the same Nashville stage with Lance Carpenter, who co-wrote Kelsea Ballerini’s number one smash “Love Me Like You Mean It”.
Moving to Nashville was a huge step for Lyssa Coulter but she took it, nerves in tow. When she first arrived life was crazy, “My mind was very much taken up by planning my tour and settling in. I had to get in the mindset of ‘This is a town where you have to take every opportunity you get’, so that’s what I did.”
She found a manager, something that she never had before, and had been playing gigs around Nashville regularly at places such as the Nash House, Belcourt Taps, Live Oak, Commodore Grille and Alley Taps.
Lyssa Coulter was now officially an up and coming name in the Country-Pop music scene. In March, 2017 - only a few months into her career, Coulter made her first public appearance at 101.7 The Bull Backyard Country LIVE. Shortly after she released her debut single “By My Side” which premiered on iHeartRadio, and continued to air on Cumulus and Beasley Media Group stations.
Coulter released her first EP “After Midnight” in January 2018 which contributed to taking home New England Music Award for “New Act of the Year”. Her dedication to her artistry, and talent quickly pushed her to opening act spots for artists such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Eric Paslay that same year.
Looking for a way to continue contributing to the indie music community, Coulter launched her Artist Development company, Cloud 9 Development at the end of 2018 to guide artists in a constantly changing and evolving industry. Coulter’s goal is to show artists that it’s possible to chase your dreams no matter how big, just as she did, and it doesn’t have to be accomplished alone.
In 2019 Coulter kicked off her first tour to promote her sixth single “Maybe Tonight”. The tour consisted of 11 dates across the country and included some of Country music’s biggest festivals including Taste of Country Music Festival (Later renamed “TrailBlazer Festival”), Country Jam Colorado, and Headwaters Country Jam Montana. Coulter has opened up a number of popular artists including Big and Rich, LANCO, Rascal Flatts, and Uncle Kracker.
After a quiet year and a half due to the pandemic, which was utilized for much self reflection, growth and to perfect her brand and sound now has culminated with the release of her first single. Lyssa Coulter now is reintroducing herself through her highly anticipated new single "Alone With U".
"Alone With U" was written alongside successful writers Emma-Lee, Alexandria Adamoski, and Karen Kosowski.
“This single release is a new beginning to finding out who I am and embracing the journey to find out about myself and who I want to be. I spent a lot of time over quarantine reflecting on my purpose and the impact I want to bring to people and the message and sound I want to send out, and this single is the first step to showing my audience what I have to offer,” Lyssa explains.
Hopefully heading back out on the road later in the year, this new single "Alone With U", is a representation of a new era starting for Lyssa Coulter, her life journey and her music.