New Light Entertainment/Universal Issues New Lisa O'Kane CD, It Don't Hurt, to North America on October 23

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Los Angeles-based Americana/roots artist Lisa O'Kane delves into her personal experiences -- love, abuse, loss, independence -- on her third release. Her previous two CDs have made her known internationally. Now with major distribution, O'Kane hopes to gain recognition for her powerful vocals, savvy songwriting, featured musicians and song selection here at home. Featured musicians: Albert Lee, Kenny Edwards, Skip Edwards, Taras Prodaniuk & Ernest Troost

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Americana/Roots artist Lisa O'Kane explores the "dark end of the street" on her most intimate album to date, It Don't Hurt, for New Light Entertainment/Universal. Recorded in Los Angeles over the past two years, the 11-song collection highlights the contrasts in the personal life of the California native. Her upbeat personality allows her to tackle the hard stuff, and still come out on top. The disc hits store shelves across North America on October 23.

While the title track explores the sobering subject of physical abuse -- O'Kane manages to navigate the listener down that rocky road, and back into the light, with perfect emotional tuning. The path to independence is explored in the stunning practicality of "Got The Car Running," the story of a woman who is waiting only on the inevitable.

A Telecaster-wielding Albert Lee joins Kenny Edwards (Stone Poneys/Bryndle); legendary keyboardist Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam/Lucinda Williams/Jim Lauderdale), bassist extraordinaire, Taras Prodaniuk (Yoakam/Lucinda Williams) and Emmy Award-winning composer Ernest Troost to bring the music to life - and lay bare the heart and soul of O'Kane. "There's something very challenging about surrounding yourself with players of this quality," says Lisa. "They really made me dig deep."

Lisa's growth as a writer is evident in the three, very different songs she contributes to the project. The salt and sass of the album's rollickin' opener, "Ain't Done Nothin'" is a far cry from the drivimg, "I'm Done," while the hypnotic "Pay For My Sins" has already become an international favorite. With a voice that has drawn comparisons to Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris, O'Kane proves she can work her magic on other writers' tunes as well, creating an acoustic wonder with her chilling vocal on the John Prine classic, "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness," and delivering a stunning performance on the heartbreaking Debra Davis composition, "Uninvited Guests." She moves deftly from the album's Roots rockers to the full-on, soaring balladry of songs like "Give Me This Night" and "Remember This" -- and makes each one intimately and immediately believable.

It Don't Hurt is Lisa's first direct foray into the North American marketplace. Already a high-powered player in the international scene, O'Kane hopes that this album will help her find her place "at home."

About New Light Entertainment:
Based in Plano, Texas, New Light Entertainment has secured a multi-year, multi-record distribution agreement with Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) for distribution by Fontana.

For more information visit http://www.MySpace.com/lisaokane or http://www.newlightent.com.

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