Elisabeth Corrin Maurus (born November 21, 1982), known as Lissie, is an American singer-songwriter. She released her debut EP, “Why You Runnin'”, in November 2009. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June 2010.
Lissie was born Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. Her father is a physician and her mother is an interior designer.She has some Scandinavian ancestry. She was interested in singing and music from an early age.She played the title role of the musical Annie at the age of nine.”In high school it seems like everyone has more drama than any other time in their life. So that was the time in my life where I really leaned on music as a way to stay sane,” she said in an interview.
In her senior year of high school, she was expelled over what she described as “something stupid that I did, but it was sort of like the culmination of just a lot of negative things that had happened”. She got her diploma at an alternative outreach center.She spent two years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, during which time she would open for musicians who visited the city. She collaborated with DJ Harry of SCI Fidelity Records on the song “All My Life”, which was featured on television shows House, The O.C., Veronica Mars and Wildfire.
After spending a semester in Paris, she finished her studies to pursue a career in music. In 2007, she produced a four-song EP that received some airplay on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.