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Lisa Occhino is a pianist, songwriter, singer, and entrepreneur from Stamford, CT. In December 2013, she graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music business/management.

During her time at Berklee, she was awarded the Songwriting & Composition Scholarship, the Joseph Smith Scholarship (for entrepreneurship), the Justin Kantor Scholarship (for internships), and won first place in the BMI Foundation’s 15th annual John Lennon Scholarship, a national songwriting competition. She also served as editor-in-chief of The Berklee Groove from September 2011 through December 2013, bringing the online publication’s readership and on-campus event turnouts to an all-time high under her leadership.

Lisa’s music ranges from playful songs to ballads evoking feelings of inspiration, encouragement, and coping. In addition to piano, she has broadened her musical interests to include guitar, harmonica, ukulele, synthesizers, and Hammond organ. She released her first EP, Discovery, during her senior year of high school, and she donates 20% of every purchase of a hard copy to benefit the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Outreach music program. In April 2011, one of the songs from her EP, “The Pain Behind Your Eyes,” was featured in a compilation entitled Love Conquers All: Music for Japan, where 100% of the proceeds were donated to Save the Children’s disaster relief for Japan.

Lisa has combined her love of music and her passion for entrepreneurship into a startup company called SongwriterLink, a songwriting collaboration website that matches up songwriters based on algorithms and allows them to instantly collaborate via video chat. After three years of building the website, she launched the private beta version in December 2013.

Outside of her music and entrepreneurial ventures, Lisa is the managing editor at Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. After revamping its content strategy, Lisa managed to increase Sonicbids’ blog traffic by 920% in her first six months at the company, and has brought on dozens of reputable music industry experts to contribute quality content. She currently resides in New York City.