Rest in Peace, Music Industry Publicist and Professional Audio Consultant Lisa Roy

Lauri ReimerCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to an incredible force in the music industry, Lisa Roy.

“On Friday, December 31st, 2021, our world lost one of the brightest lights to ever shine on this planet. Our dear Lisa Roy has passed away. Lisa was one of life’s most precious gifts.”

These were the words posted by the members of The Immediate Family, several of whom have a long history with Ms. Roy — especially bassist Leland Sklar, who recounted some of his beautiful memories to help ease the pain and shock over this news.

Ms. Roy passed away in her home in Marina Del Rey, CA. She was considered the “best in the biz” by the many who worked with her. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Roy’s music business roots began after moving to Los Angeles and co-founding Ground Control Studios, a multi-room facility on L.A.’s Westside. At the time, this studio became home to indie and major-label recording artists and set forth what became her unique skill set and what she was best known for: uniting artists and technology.

Roy created her own major public relations/consulting firm, Rock & Roy Entertainment. Her relationships with top music instrument and pro audio manufacturing companies such as Roland, Audio-Technica, BOSS, AT&T Digital Disc Mixer Core, Dell, Intel and DTS were abundant, as was the roster of celebrities she worked with in the span of her illustrious career. This included Alan Parsons, Tori Amos, Danny Elfman, Mutemath, Ben Folds, BT,  Nikka Costa, and many more. All she had to do was make a phone call, and the magic happened. She was so charming and sweet, with her finger always on the pulse, and everyone wanted to work with her.

On behalf of my sister Monique and myself, it is with our deepest sorrow to inform you that our loving sister, Lisa Roy…

Posted by Richard Roy on Saturday, January 1, 2022

Roy’s death really hit home for Rock Cellar, especially, as she and her long-time business partner Robbie Clyne (Clyne Media, Inc.) did publicity for Rock Cellar as well as for Rock Cellar-produced all-star benefit concert events that raised money for the Get Together Foundation over the last several years. With Lisa’s assistance and deep connections in the music industry, she brought many notable recording artists and entertainment industry personalities to our stage and live streams, some of which included Carole King, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Lukather, Jim Ladd, Mindi Abair, Peter Asher, Lisa Loeb, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and more.

Lisa spent the last 20 years of her life immersed in the worlds of independent music and professional audio, always bringing music technology and artists together. She was a Pro Audio veteran, doing media for the GRAMMY Producers & Engineers Wing®, and coordinated or held a key position in special events such as the MTV Video Music Awards, Pavarotti & Friends, the annual Audio Engineering Society convention, the Latin Grammy Awards, The Pensado Awards, and the NAMM Show’s annual TEC Awards. She also collaborated on the technical public relations initiatives for the annual Grammy® Awards with business partner Robbie Clyne.

Call it charm, call it skill or simply a gift of the right combination of traits in one human being who was beautiful inside and out — Lisa had it all.

Lisa Roy is survived by her sister Monique and brother Richard. Deep condolences to her family and to her partner of 4 years, Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar (The Immediate Family).

Lisa, you are without a doubt doing what you do best in Rock & Roll heaven. Rock in peace.

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