Girl Friday is Houston based singer/ songwriter Lisa Serice. Combining traditional, contemporary, and alternative acoustic, rock, and synthed sounds, her music is lyric driven, harmony infused, and designed to draw the listener into the musical poetry of the story. In true singer/songwriter fashion, all songs are crafted to be performed either solo-acoustically with her guitar or fleshed out with a full band; making them versatile enough for a relaxing coffee house vibe or an energy-filled festival stage.
Her first EP, "Light of the Moon," was produced by Dan Workman, President and Owner of Sugar Hill Studios in Houston. A long standing member on various governing boards of The Recording Academy, Dan has produced and recorded national artists including Houston's own, Beyonce. After "Light of the Moon," Girl Friday went on to co-produce her second EP, "Songbird," with acclaimed Houston sound engineer Brian Baker of Sound Arts Studios whose work helped launch the national career of American alternative rock band Blue October. Since the release of "Songbird," GF has released several more studio singles that can be downloaded directly from her ReverbNation store and will soon make their way to a full length CD.
Girl Friday is a member of both The Recording Academy and ASCAP and has played at notable acoustic venues including NYC's landmark Bitter End, Mic Club and Wicked Willies (also in NY's Lower East Village), Dallas' House of Blues, Momo's on Austin's world famous 6th Street, nationally acclaimed listening room Dosey Doe Coffee House in The Woodlands, Lestat's West Coffee House in San Diego, The DeGraw brothers' National Underground in NYC, Houston's McGonigel's Mucky Duck (recognized at one of the nation's top 20 acoustic venues), and many other acoustic coffeehouses and wine bars in the Greater Houston area such as GenuWine, Water2Wine, Crescent Moon, and 13 Celsius. Girl Friday has also been an active participant in "Chick Singer Night;" the world's most notable and longest running songfest for female artists featuring such nationally recognized artists Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, and Paula Cole to name a few.
An advocate of services designed to improve the lives of children, Girl Friday is also a musician volunteer in the Houston community with Love Street Light Circus (TONIC...take our noise into children's hospitals), a non-profit musicians on call program that brings live music to the bedsides of pediatric cancer, renal, and orthopedic patients. She also supports The Y's Partners Campaign, donating performances and portions of EP sales to raise money to scholarship children into programs that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body. Girl Friday has donated song rights to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a songwriter for the national Songs of Love Foundation; writing original,customized tunes for critically ill pediatric patients in hospitals across the US.
"Many people ask where the playful performance moniker "GIRL FRIDAY" originated, and I enjoy telling of its fortuitous simplicity. I was playing an in-house residency at a sandwich shop called 'Potbelly's.' It was my first foray into performing original tunes, so excitement was high. I was the only female hired, and my performance day was...you guessed it!.... Friday! Each time I walked in with my guitar, the sweetheart staff would yell from behind the counter, 'Hey, Girl Friday!' And voila! GF was born! It's quite catchy and memorable. Furthermore, I liked the symbiosis with Dafoe's Friday character being named so, simply because of the day of the week Crusoe met him; and I loved that Man Friday (and now Girl Friday) has come to be associated with competent, loyal, and serving people. 🙂 But, perhaps the biggest reason of all that the name has stuck is that IT'S FUN!!!! It's playful. It makes me smile, and it gives others an excuse to smile; perhaps even shake off the work-a-day-world for a little while, and grant themselves permission to step outside of their own creative boxes. It's a super-power!!!! So Girl Friday it is!" Lisa