After Donna’s set, they talked a bit after Lisa excitedly rushed her like a quarterback trying to hand her a demo tape.
Donna liked Lisa’s music so they got together and went back to the jam the following week and met Joyce Sampson who had recently moved to the area. She was a bass player and a kick ass one at that.
To make a long story short the three of them played and worked hard together for about a year. They played a lot!!! They were called “the girls” for a time. Didn’t really have a good band name so it stuck.
Lisa wanted more. A lead guitarist. After putting out an ad and going through quite a few auditions, William “Suekey” Sukeforth blew them all away and he was asked to join the band. At that point, they needed a good band name. Beyond Blonde was born.
They did a lot of cool gigs. Joyce had some great connections that got them gigs sharing the stage with musicians like Joey Mulland, John Butcher Axis, James Montgomery, Steven Paul Perry, Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Charlie Farren, David Hull, Joe Pet and more.
They did a few tours here and there. Cut a couple CD’s and then in 2005, Joyce decided to leave the band due to musical direction differences. Five or six bass players later they landed their permanent bassist, Mike Kaczmarczyk “Kaz” who’s been with the band since 2007. That year proved to be bad and good. Donna had gotten into a car accident and almost bit her tongue off. A week later the band opened up for Joan Jett and Donna did the gig and sang! What a trooper. Later we found out she had terminal cancer and she later passed after a long battle in 2013.
Before her passing, Donna was no longer able to do the gigs. She wanted the band to keep going so they had auditions and finally found drummer, Mick Coste. Lisa, Suekey, Kaz, and Mick continued on until about 2012. Gary Ross took over as guitarist when Suekey left in 2013 and they continued as a band until 2015 cutting two more CDs. Both CD’s won album of the year through Motif Magazine and they also won Band of Year.
2013 was an incredibly tough time for Lisa after Donna passed. “I was not having fun with the music. I missed Donna so much and I missed the original band we had back in the day. While I was working with some amazing musicians, my heart just wasn’t in it.” She needed a break. Four years to be exact.
In 2018, Lisa and her husband, Mike, celebrated 10 years married. Gary’s band had played at their wedding in 2008 so Lisa asked them to play again at the party. Thanks to Gary and the continued push and support from family, friends, and fans, Lisa worked hard to get her voice back in shape for the party and had the time of her life. “I felt the beginnings of the musical spark returning and got excited.”, she said.
Gary asked if she would do an acoustic gig. Something small to start. They asked Kaz to join them on bass. Mick got wind and wanted in. Suekey heard about it and wanted in too. Wow! It turned out to be the most incredible gig ever. The place was jammed past capacity, leaving the club name out to protect the innocent, with people that use to come and see them play all the time. “I was 20 feet off the ground all night, literally. I was on the bar! Well, not all night”, Lisa stated.