Lisa Maffia

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Lisa Maffia
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Background information
Birth name Lisa Finch Maffia
Born (1979-06-16) 16 June 1979 (age 39)
Origin London, England
Genres R&B, hip hop, UK garage, electro house
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, rapper, model, fashion designer, presenter
Years active 1998–present
Labels Independiente (2001–2003)
Maffia Recordz (2004–present)
Apollo/Universal (2007–present)
Associated acts So Solid Crew
Website[permanent dead link]

Lisa Maffia (born Lisa Finch Maffia, 16 June 1979) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, fashion designer, model and presenter, who originally came to the public’s attention as the main female member of So Solid Crew. Whilst in So Solid, the singer notched up five top 20 hits, including a platinum-selling single “21 Seconds” and a platinum selling album They Don’t Know. As a solo artist, she has released two top 10 singles and an award-winning album including the platinum selling single “All Over“. Maffia is mixed race, born to a half-Italian mother[1] and a Jamaican father.[2][3][4][5]


Early life and career debut[edit]

Maffia was born in Brixton, London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and AngloItalian mother, and raised by the latter, Shirley Maffia. Through her mother, Maffia is a first cousin once removed of actress Louisa Lytton – Shirley’s first cousin, Jane Nastri, is Lytton’s mother. Maffia has a daughter, Chelsea, born when she was 17. She trained in Latino, ballroom, tap and modern dancing and practised gymnastics as a child. She attended Norwood School in West Norwood. Maffia then went on to Brixton College to do a diploma in Photography and Art & Design. In 2000, Maffia got her career debut when she added her vocals to the So Solid Crew track, “Oh No”.

2001–2002: They Don’t Know[edit]

On 6 August 2001, whilst with So Solid Crew, “21 Seconds” was released. It reached number one in the United Kingdom in August 2001. The single also won Best British Video at the 2002 BRIT Awards. With the success of “21 Seconds”, the crew went on to release their debut album They Don’t Know which ending up going platinum.

2003–2004: First Lady[edit]

On 21 April 2003, departing from the So Solid Crew, Maffia made her debut at number 2 with “All Over”.[6][7] It spent three weeks in the top 10. She then released “In Love” which reached number 13.[7] This led to the singer releasing her debut solo album, First Lady. Promo for the album included support slots for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Ashanti, Loudbankcoast, Ja Rule, Daniel Bedingfield and Blue. The album failed to reach the success of its singles reaching number 44 in the UK Albums Chart,[7] and led her to leave her record label. Maffia also performed her single “All Over” at the MOBO Awards.

2005–2006: The Games and Maffia Recordz[edit]

Taking a break from music, Maffia took part in the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games. She earned a silver medal behind Kirsty Gallacher. After The Games, Maffia set up her own independent record label, Maffia Recordz, on which she released her underground single “Shake 4 Daddy” and signed acts such as North Star and Romeo. The label also signed the soundtrack to the film, Rollin with the Nines.

2007–2009: Celeb Air and recording for second album[edit]

In May 2007, Maffia announced on her official Myspace that she has been recording her upcoming album at the Murlyn Studios, known to have penned songs for Christina Milian, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and others. On 10 September, Maffia released her single “Bad Girl“; whilst the single reached 36 and number 4 in the overall dance charts,[8] the single had success over Europe leading to Maffia doing a European tour. On 20 August 2008, it was announced Maffia would participate in ITV2‘s CelebAir where cameras followed Maffia and other celebrities as they work as air hostesses. Maffia won CelebAir on 23 October 2008.

Maffia updated via Twitter that she recorded every other week (during January 2009 to August 2009), working with various producers including Roger Sanchez and Bloodshy & Avant and to expect a surprise US star. She also recorded four songs for the comeback album of So Solid Crew including “Since You Went Away”, the video of which was shot in June 2009.

2010–2011: House of Maffia[edit]

In January 2010, Maffia released and toured with So Solid Crew on their single “Since You Went Away”. The track reached the top 10 in the independent singles chart, leading to various performances on Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Channel 5’s Five Live and Radio One’s Live Lounge. With the success of the track, it was announced on Maffia’s official Twitter that there would be one final album from So Solid Crew, and to also expect more albums from Maffia herself, with her next solo album to be expected in 2012. She also launched her fashion boutique House of Maffia.

2012–2013: New music and re-launch of Maffia Recordz[edit]

In March 2012, Maffia announced her underground single titled “Don’t Stop the Music”, featuring Maffia Recordz signees MC Romeo and Tyler Daley. Its worldwide premiere was aired on BBC’S 1Xtra on 8 April 2012, and then went on to be released in July 2012. On 22 July, Maffia announced via Twitter she would be teaming up with Aggro Santos on a new track produced by Paul Morrell. Maffia also appeared on Peter Andre‘s new album Angels & Demons on a track titled “X”.

2014–present: New album and launch of Maffia Media/’CERTIFIED’ on BritAsia TV[edit]

In July 2017, Maffia premiered the first single from her new album on BBC’s 1Xtra, The Knack.[9] Maffia also announced she would be executive producer for UK film Little Lighty, the first film to be produced under Maffia Media (Lisa’s production company).[10] she is also due to start her own show on BritAsia TV called Certified



MOBO Awards
    • Best UK Garage Act (with So Solid Crew) – winner[11]
    • Best UK Newcomer (with So Solid Crew) – winner[11]
    • Best UK Act (with So Solid Crew) – nominated[12]


Brit Awards
    • Best British Video (with So Solid Crew) for “21 Seconds” – winner
    • Best British Newcomer (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
    • Best British Single (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
MOBO Awards
    • Best UK Garage Act (with So Solid Crew) – nominated
Dancestar World Dance Music Awards
    • Best UK Garage Act – winner


MOBO Awards
    • Best UK Garage Act – winner
    • Best UK Act – nominated
    • Best UK Newcomer – nominated


Black Magic Awards
    • Music Honour — winner

Concert tours[edit]

Year Title Duration Shows
2003 Blues & Soul/First Lady Tour 1 April 2003 – 20 July 2003 (England) 30
The First Lady Tour (also known as the Blues & Soul Tour) was a series of short concert-like promotional appearances at University and club-type venues by Lisa Maffia that took place from April to July 2003.
2013 They Don’t Know Tour 21 March 2013 – 5 October 2013 (England) 5
The They Don’t Know Tour is Lisa Maffia’s first official tour with So Solid Crew. Dates are: 21 March 2013 – IndigO2, London 2 October 2013 – Waterfront, Norwich, 3 October 2013 – The Institute, Birmingham, 4 October 2013 – The Ritz, Manchester, 5 October 2013 – The O2 Arena, London


Maffia has appeared/performed on a number of different television shows including Top of the Pops, Brit Awards, MOBO Awards, The Jonathan Ross Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Celebrity Juice, CD:UK, Popworld and appeared in series three of The Games. She also won the 2008 series of Celeb Air. She also appeared on the fourth series of Celebrity Coach Trip in 2019.


Having modelled for Vogue, Elle and a range of women’s and men’s magazines, Maffia has said in many interviews that she will be launching her first official calendar later on this year.[which?] She has quoted that the calendar is set around many different settings including in the studio and Ibiza, and has been working with up and coming photographers. Maffia has also appeared in magazine polls. She ranked No. 91 (2002) in FHMs 100 Sexiest Women and ranked No. 77 (2002) in Loaded‘s Hot 100 Babes. In September 2007, Maffia was voted number 33 in the top 50 sexiest brunettes poll in Nuts magazine.




Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[7][13] UK Dance Chart AUS NZ NET FIN
2000 “Oh No (Sentimental Things) / Dilemma” (with So Solid Crew) They Don’t Know
2000 No Good 4 Me(Oxide & Neutrino feat. Megaman, Romeo & Lisa Maffia) 6 3 Execute
2001 21 Seconds(with So Solid Crew) 1 1 They Don’t Know
2003 All Over 2 42 23 42 First Lady
“In Love” 13
“Women of the World” 77
2005 “Shake 4 Daddy” Non-album single
2007 Bad Girl (At Night)(Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia) 36 4 7 11 9 10 Non-album single
2010 “Since You Went Away” (So Solid Crew feat. Lisa Maffia and MC Romeo) 82 10 Non-album single
2012 “Don’t Stop the Music” (Lisa Maffia feat. MC Romeo and Tyler Daley) 12 Non-album single
2017 “Wah Gwarn” 9 Non-album single
2019 “Old Habits” TBC TBC

Guest appearances[edit]

Released: 2013

  • Shine – FooR feat. Lisa Maffia

Released: 2018

Actress (2 credits)
 2001 So Solid Crew: 21 Seconds (Video short)

Self (24 credits)
 2018 Pointless Celebrities (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Noughties (2018) … Herself – Contestant
 2017 When Television Goes Horribly Wrong 2 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Singer
 2016 Celebrity Botched Up Bodies (TV Series)

Episode #1.2 (2016) … Herself
 2012 Peter Andre: My Life (TV Series)

Episode #3.2 (2012) … Herself
 2012 Celebrity Juice (TV Series)

Pop Special (2012) … Herself
 2010 The Wright Stuff (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Panelist

Episode #12.13 (2010) … Herself – Guest Panelist
 2010 Live from Studio Five (TV Series)

Episode #1.74 (2010) … Themselves (as So Solid Crew)
 2010 Celebrity Big Brother’s Big Mouth (TV Series)
Herself – Performer

Episode #6.1 (2010) … Herself – Performer (as So Solid)
 2009 The Real Hustle (TV Series documentary)

Episode #7.8 (2009) … Herself
 2009 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (TV Series)

Episode #9.6 (2009) … Herself
 2004-2008 Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV Series)

Episode #22.6 (2008) … Herself
Episode #14.3 (2004) … Herself
 2008 CelebAir (TV Series)

Episode #1.8 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.7 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.6 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.5 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.4 (2008) … Herself
 2007 Deadline (TV Series)

Episode #1.1 (2007) … Herself
 2005 Maxim Uncovered! Vol. 6 (Video)
 2004-2005 Big Brother’s Big Mouth (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Panelist / Herself

Episode #2.13 (2005) … Herself – Guest Panelist
Episode #1.29 (2004) … Herself (voice)
 2004 Hell’s Kitchen (TV Series)

Episode #1.2 (2004) … Herself (uncredited)
 2004 Liquid News (TV Series)

Episode dated 23 March 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2004 The Games (TV Series)

Episode #3.1 (2004) … Herself
 2003 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)

Episode #5.1 (2003) … Herself
 2003 Smile (TV Series)

Episode dated 20 July 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2003 Spring Break Live 2003 (TV Special)
Herself – Performer
 2003 CD:UK (TV Series)

Episode dated 19 April 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2003 Popworld (TV Series)

Episode dated 23 March 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2002 Brit Awards 2002 (TV Special)
Performer / Herself (as So Solid Crew)

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