One On One With Mitch Lafon - ISSA

In this special YouTube only edition of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by singer ISSA. We discuss her new album CROSSFIRE as well as the controversy created by the criticism aimed at Swedish band, H.E.A.T.

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ISSA - Crossfire (Review)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Norweigan-turned-Brit, Issa returns with her fourth solo album; following up the patchy Can’t Stop, which was comprised of classic (and obscure) AOR covers.
I’ve found Issa a bit hit and miss after her memorable 2010 debut. I’ve found the balance of image over style a little too much in favor of the less important image at times, but all is forgiven with Crossfire. Despite the glammed up image again front and center, this time the style is matched with substance in the form of 11 very appealing songs. This album might just be her best effort yet.
Credit must go to the new lineup used, bringing in Vega’s James Martin – Keyboards and Tom Martin - bass and Guitars; plus drummer Michael Cruise has given the album more of a band feel - and a good band at that.
The extended time taken to gather the best set of songs also pays off, showcased immediately with the glorious title track opener Crossfire, which I probably will rate as my favourite Issa track to date.
New Horizon offers something a little smoother and moodier before the monster ballad Raintown blows us away.
Steve Overland guests on the song as a duet – but it is his opening lines that simply stun. His vocal gift is extraordinary. Issa joins in to deliver a passionate and powerful co-lead.
Long Time Coming is one of the more urgent tracks on offer; Fight Fire With Rain is a very catchy straight ahead AOR hit and Heartbeat cranks the tempo and throws in a nice anthemic catchy hook.
The album continues without offering filler, Red Lights and Only You delivering the best chorus hooks of the last section of the album.

Fans of female fronted melodic rock and straight forward classic AOR with a Scandi/British twist should fall over themselves to get a hold of this.
It’s one of my favourite female lead albums in recent years.

ISSA 'Crossfire' (Official Videoclip - 2015)

Friday, January 30, 2015
ISSA 'Crossfire' (Official Videoclip - 2015)
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ISSA 'Crossfire' release date in Europe is February 20th / in North America is February 24th
Norwegian melodic rock queen ISSA is back with her fourth studio album ''Crossfire''. The new release is a melodic rock fans wet dream with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think Roxette, meets Romeo's Daughter melted with 80's Heart albums with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.
The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood (VEGA) and Vega ivory-tinkler James Martin.


ARfm Charity Concert To Feature ISSA, BAILEY and more...

Saturday, January 31, 2015
ARfm, in conjunction with JustSayYes Fund, are promoting a concert, on Saturday 31st January 2015, at a new venue in Derby (The Spot) to raise money for Children & Young Adults Cancer research and to support those with the diseases.
Headlining will be Frontiers Records artist ISSA, making her full UK debut, with support coming from 3 bands, Angels Or Kings, Bailey and Lawless. Tickets (which can only be purchased in advance) cost �12 and are available via Paypal from

ISSA Returns With Original Album 'Crossfire' On Frontiers

Friday, February 20, 2015
ISSA is back with her anticipated new all original album release “Crossfire” - Out on Frontiers Music Srl in February!
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present “Crossfire” the brand new studio album from ISSA the popular Melodic Rock Norwegian singer, which will be released on the label on February 20th in Europe and February 24th 2015 in North America.
This new release goes straight in a classic Melodic Rock / AOR musical direction with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think ROXETTE meets ROMEO’S DAUGHTER melted with 80’s HEART albums, with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.
The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood along with VEGA ivory-tinkler James Martin. Sessions started in early 2013 with a bunch of songs ISSA had co-written or demoed in the Martin Brothers songwriting sessions
Issa says: “After 5 years of working together with Tom and James, we had come up with a collection of songs I had to keep for myself.'' One song in particular sees ISSA teaming up with FM vocalist Steve Overland on the dramatic ballad “Raintown”. “This was a dream come true for me,” tells the Norwegian chanteuse. “Steve Overland is probably my favorite male singer and to get him on board was a true honor, his voice suits the song perfectly, wait till you hear this one!
Other guest musicians stepped up when asked upon to perform solo's include Daniel Palmqvist (XORIGIN), Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), Steve Newman (NEWMAN), Robert Sall (WORK OF ART), Daniel Johansson (DEGREED), Stephen Chesney. As well as powerhouse choir including Pete Newdeck (IN FAITH/TAINTED NATION), Matt Black (FAHRAN) and Michael Kew (VEGA).
Look out for the moody and slick “New Horizon,” the ballsy rocker ''Electric Lights'' and the spine tingling ''Ghost Inside my Heart',' not forgetting the song with a million dollar chorus “Heartbeat”, plus the video track “Crossfire”. You can enjoy now the album EPK with an Issa interview and samples of new songs on YouTube:
“Crossfire” tracklisting includes: Crossfire; New Horizon; Raintown; Long Time Coming; Fight Fire With Rain; Heartbeat; Electric Lights; Ghost; Inside My Heart; Red Lights; We Rise; Only You.
Issa - vocals and bv's
James Martin – Keyboards
Tom Martin - bass and Guitars
Michael Cruise – Drums
Special guest: Steve Overland – duet on “Raintown”
Produced by John Greatwood and James Martin
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