Lisa Layne—The Voice Behind “All I Want for Christmas is You” Vince Vance and the Valiants [VIDEO]
The record just says “Vince Vance and the Valiants, but that doesn’t even begin to tell the story!
No offense to Vince Vance aka Andy Stone, but just about any group could have played the backing tracks on “All I Want for Christmas is You”, but not many people could have pulled off such a bravura performance on the vocals. The lady behind that powerhouse voice is Lisa Layne. Not only does she completely sell the song, but she’s incredibly versatile!
Let’s meet Lisa Layne
“All I want for Christmas is You” was recorded and released by
Vince Vance and the Valiants in 1989. Much like “Please Come Home for Christmas”, the song didn’t exactly set the charts on fire. Oddly enough, the record had most of it’s success on the Country Billboard Charts. It got to number #55…5 years after it was released!
Well, needless to say, the song popularity has grown over the years and has pretty much expanded all over the world. But, let’s get to the lady singing the song.
Lisa Layne was born in Tyler, Texas . Lisa had been playing in her own band for awhile when she was noticed by Vince Vance who made her a Valiantette ( according to Vince, it’s pronounced val-yun ette)
The song was written by Andy and Troy Powers and Lisa, wisely, was picked to do the lead. The song got some play in the Dallas area where the group was based at the time and, of course, along the Gulf Coast since the band had it’s beginnings in New Orleans. In fact, according to Vince, it was September 18, 1971.
But let’s get back to Lisa. She toured with VV and V’s for about 5 years then moved to Nashville. I’ll let Lisa’s website take it from here.
With the success of “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU” Lisa moved to Nashville. In Nashville she joined a very successful Beach Music Band and toured with them until 1995. In early ’95 Lisa won the role of Patsy Cline in the first National Tour of a “Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” She toured with that troupe for the better part of 2 years before joining the Nashville Troupe as the lead in the same show. She performed at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville doing the Patsy show from ’98 thru 2000.
When it comes to singing a Patsy Cline song, NOBODY can touch LISA LAYNE. She has the gift. If you close your eyes and listen you can feel Patsy’s presence as Lisa sings. It is an awesome experience.
Lisa has been in the studio the last couple of months working on her new Christmas CD entitled “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU” (Yes, by popular demand, she has re-recorded it!) This is one of those albums that only happens once in a lifetime and EVERYBODY “HAS” to have it. The variety of her selections runs the musical gamut. From Pop to Country to Blues to Rock’n'Roll to Novelty to Gospel. You name it, it’s all here as only LISA LAYNE can do it. Also of note, THE WORLD FAMOUS JORDANAIRES accompany LISA on ALL TWELVE SONGS!
Lisa has appeared on stage with: Miami Sound Stage, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Hall and Oates, Julio Iglesias, Little Eva, Larry Gatlin, Fats Domino, Chicago, Mel McDaniel, Jimmy C. Newman, Johnny Russell and many many others. She is without question a seasoned performer and a true professional. There is no finer voice in Country Music.
Here are two videos of this incredibly talented lady!
The first is Lisa performing “All I Want for Christmas is You” with her own band
Now, here’s Lisa performing as Patsy Cline
If you’d like to more about Lisa Layne, or join her Fan Club, here is the link:
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