“I gotta keep my identity/I focus on what I can do,” went the chorus of Lissie’s single Shameless, released this summer. “I don’t want to be famous, if I’ve got to be shameless,” it went on.
The three-minute song was less an introduction to Lissie’s second album and more a laying out of her entire ideology.
“I wrote Shameless on Valentine’s Day last year when I was in London,” explains the 30-year-old Illinois-born singer.
“I was in a little studio in Battersea and feeling grumpy because I had all this time on my hands and for some reason, recording was taking forever.
“So I was in this terrible mood and got thinking about how it’s the famous people that do well. I just want to be me, and sing, and get out there to tour. And I wanted to write a song so people will understand.
“I don’t want to be famous if I have to be shameless, just as I don’t want to use people, be fake, date the right person or get beaten up by my boyfriend, whatever. We reward the wrong behaviour, and I wanted to write about that.”
Following on from the success of her debut album Catching A Tiger, Lissie began touring the world.
Less than a year later she started writing for what would become her second album, Back To Forever, which is released this month, and before long she had around 50 songs to sift through.
Initially Lissie was unsure what direction her second album would take. She didn’t want to limit her songwriting and decided to see what came out when she put pen to paper - although it wasn’t long before a theme started to emerge.
“With my first album my heart was broken from this crazy relationship I’d been in, so I had this fresh topic to draw on instinctively. This time around, that wasn’t the case,” she says.