Lisa O'Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in County Cavan in Ireland. She moved to Dublin at 18 to study music full time. Early on she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.
Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach. O'Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O'Connor.