“...I think they may have created a whole new genre...”
— Rex Bell, Owner Infrared Studio
Musically, the rock and classical worlds hold the most sway over the progressive sound of Finding Butterflies but a love of folk melodies especially those of Celtic traditions has also found its way into the heart of their music. Driven by an authentic vocal sound and choir like harmonies, their songs uniquely feature instrumental breaks with a tendency towards virtuosity. Lisa elaborates on their inspiration by saying, “really, our songs simply tell the story of someone’s becoming… someone’s metamorphosis…and therein one can find a metaphor for what drives Finding Butterflies.”
From Don’s days as guitarist and vocalist for Third Stone to Lisa’s more traditional education in the classical world, the pair has shared significant success both there as well as with Zao, a group who earned both local and regional popularity with their high energy rock shows. As members of Zao, the pair “cut their songwriting chops” with such fan favorites as Unsung Hero, Fire, and Lost Without You, and then went on to write and perform acoustic favorites such as There Will Be Change, One More Time, and Edges. These eclectic experiences as well as the duo’s extensive travels in North America and Europe have influenced the pair as they have become Finding Butterflies.
As for artists who have influenced the pair, Don's sound and style are most definitely rooted in the musical musings of Richie Blackmore, Steve Howe, and Steve Morse. Lisa's eclectic background makes pinpointing an influence more difficult. She has listened extensively to Kansas, Yes, Heart, Led Zeppelin, and Rush from the rock genre, Brazilian Jazz Artist Angelina Assad, the Beatles and of course a bevy of Irish singers, though when Lisa is asked about influences, she laughs and says, "I don't really sound like any of them." Her current favorite from the classical genre is Renee Fleming. Lisa's favorite flutists are Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, James Galway, and of course, Ian Anderson. Her favorite whistler is Kathleen Keane.
Butterflies was delighted to present their first offering in March 2017 - an EP aptly entitled "Finding Butterflies." A second release entitled "Crows" was released in 2018. After the release of Crows, the pair followed with 5 more singles: Never Was, a single written for Lisa's father, We'll Remember, Naming Dead Cats, Hard Cold Rain, and City of Peace. Lyrics for each song can be found on the Lyrics page of the Finding Butterflies website.