Lisa Moen was taken aback when she opened one particular post on her Facebook page.
“Hello lisa moen, i listened to your music on social media and liked it alot! email me please.”
The message was from a person named Pascal. He is a bit light on grammar, spelling and punctuation, but the words certainly grabbed Moen’s attention.
Moen sent an email to Pascal and got a reply.
“His email said my music had huge radio potential for the France market, and he is interested in adding it to the play-list!”
Moen was soon being played on KPPR Power XR Paris. Who knew there was a country music station in Paris?
“It was just so cool,” Moen recalled last week on the day when she released a new single — All I Ask of You — nationwide and on iTunes.
Maybe Pascal will come calling again and this song will be played France-wide as well. It’s a good bet. The song was the third most downloaded in Canadian country radio on the day of its release.
The 34-year-old Saskatoon singer/songwriter has lived the lyrics of her new release. The second verse is about how she was bullied in high school. It happened to the extent that Moen got a restraining order against a girl who twice threatened to kill her.
“It is one of 10 songs I have released to radio and this song, out of all of them, is the most personal and with the most exposed lyrics that I have ever thrown out there. It is completely raw. It’s me, it’s real life, it’s exactly what I have gone through.
“If I can inspire somebody to get through bullying or their life challenges — at the end of the day this is why I wrote this song. My mom and dad were there for me and their words of wisdom helped me through stuff that wasn’t super awesome, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. You can always get through challenges no matter what.”
Moen discovered her passion for singing when she was a little girl living in Outlook. She remembers the day.
“When I was six years old, I was singing in the choir in the United Church and I went up to the front of the church by myself, this little six-year-old, and sang my little church solo. I went down the row back to the church pew where my mom (Diane Myrol) and dad (Myles Myrol) were sitting and I remember sitting back down and mom looked over at me and said, ‘kid, you can sing. This is your thing. How is that powerful voice coming out of your tiny little body?’
“I remember her saying, if this is what you want to be, you go and no matter what you make your destiny come true. I have always had that in my head, even as a six-year-old. Those were huge things to take in as a six-year-old but it always stuck with me. Both my mom and dad are extremely supportive.”
Her father has been playing in Moen’s band for 15 years, including on guitar on her new single. He has won four Saskatchewan Country Music Association awards in his own right. They will be performing at the Sundog Faire on Dec. 3 and the Saskatchewan Country Christmas Concert on Dec. 7.
All I Ask of You is Moen’s fourth original song to be released nationwide. She wrote it six years ago and recorded it three years ago.
Moen said she felt the time was finally right to release it. She said sometimes people need inspirational messages as Christmas approaches. She wants people to know that challenges can be overcome and dreams can come true. It’s destiny.
Remember, that is what her mother told her 28 years ago in that church in Outlook. Moen said she couldn’t wait for her mother to hear the song on the radio.
“It will be a full-circle moment for her. It’s cool having people from Paris and all across Canada (listening to it), but, for me, the fact my mom will hear it on the radio is worth every moment of my time I spent on this project.”
Bart McKay recorded and produced the song. He is a multiple Canadian Country Music Association winner from Saskatoon.
Moen and her friend Deanne Turner shot a video for the song, using locations in the Mayfair and Sutherland areas of Saskatoon, as well as in Dundurn. Many photos of Moen as she grew up are inserted. The video can be found on Moen’s YouTube channel.
“I had this vision in my mind because the song is so much about what I’ve been through and thinking back on my life. I wanted real pictures and real things from my life incorporated into it. It came together kind of cool.”
For more information on Moen and her music, visit lisamoen.com.