Lyrical singer/songwriter Larissa McKay’s style defies categorisation but slides within pop between blue-eyed soul, singer/songwriter, down-tempo electronic and spiritual music. She doesn’t like to be pigeon holed.
Nor is she afraid of musical adventures, backing herself in some tough environments. She has performed on three continents, created four EPs, won a Billboard Songwriting Award, made three professional music videos, has been a three-times finalist inMusic Oz, and has been collaborating musically with various electronic dance producers and songwriters.
Along the way she has supported Boy & Bear, Sarah Blasko, Gabrielle Aplin, Cloud Control, Bertie Blackman, Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Renee Geyer and jammed with INXS. While based in London in 2010 – 2012 she sang at popular clubs including Ronnie Scott’s, The Barfly & The Garage. She has performed her songs on the bill of The Great Escape Festival (UK), Festival of the Sun (AUS), Manly International Jazz Festival (AUS) and Surry Hills Festival (AUS). Her music has been aired on the likes of Triple J, FBI Radio, and Joy FM and her videos have been shown on RAGE.
Larissa after a string of successful shows in Los Angeles and NYC in 2009, returned to the US in July-August 2014 to promote her latest EP, In the Clouds, and played two exclusive showcases, one in San Francisco and the other in West Hollywood.
A self-taught keyboardist, Larissa prides herself on her strong and unwavering work ethic, and her ability to write & arrange songs in a unique way that connects with an audience.
Larissa says, “I love everything about music. The therapeutic nature of songwriting, the buzz of being on stage, the incredibly talented and interesting people I’ve worked with and met along the way. But when it comes down to it, I just love being creative and connecting with people. I feel very grateful that people enjoy listening to the songs I’ve created.”
Over Larissa’s bursting career she has written hundreds of songs, recorded many, sung backing vocals on Bryan Estepa’s latest album, has written and performed a score for a short film called Huw, sung and appeared in the video for soul/funk band Kid Confucius. She also teaches singing, piano and songwriting coaching to a select few.
Currently, Larissa plays regularly around Australia at various bars, pubs, hotels and special events and weddings as a soloist, duo and DJ.
Under the moniker, Rissy, she also collaborates with various electronic dance producers including L D R U, Yahtzel, Nick Lynar, Akouo, Lem & Wej, Sam Roberts, Zebarah and Zac Casella.
After a life-changing few months overseas in 2016, Larissa’s songwriting took a welcomed turn and she is currently writing and recording music for yoga and meditation under the moniker, Citadel.
“Pitch perfect” – Mark Muggeridge, Evil Genius Media
“Hardest working unsigned act in London” – Robert Horsfall, Sound Advice
“Larissa’s putting her own unique spin on some interesting cover versions and her own tracks are pretty subtle and well-written.” – Mathew Coyte, Editor in Chief, Rolling Stone Australia