into early 1991, and she wasted no time entering the studio once again for the eclectic
follow-up, Live Your Life Be Free. Blending her signature classic pop-inspired sound with hip dance influences, the album yielded a handful of hits across Europe includingher own “Little Black Book” as well as “Half the World.”
The mid-‘90s signaled significant changes in Carlisle’s career and life. Becoming amother, she relocated from her native Los Angeles to southeastern France and tookcreative control of her fifth solo disc, 1993’s Real. She served as co-producer and co- writer for over half of the album, which simmered with punk-driven undertones thatinformed her musical beginnings in the late ‘70s while still remaining boldly modern—as evidenced by the top-20 UK hit, “Big Scary Animal.” After a brief reunion with The Go-Go’s in 1994, she expanded her solo horizons further with the 1996 release of A Woman and A Man. The song selection showcased her vocal command in a variety ofmusical contexts via singles such as the sultry and soulful “Love in the Key of C” and the pensive West Coast Pop ballad “California,” featuring none other than The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson on backing vocals.
Although a decade would pass before the release of her next studio album, Carlisle broadened her horizons in a number of outside ventures. Aside from actively engaging in work for non-profit organizations such as PETA and Greenpeace, she became a world traveler (outside of the touring circuit, that is) and reunited with her originalbandmates for 2001’s God Bless The Go-Go’s. Several years later, she put into practiceher love of the French language and her adopted homeland’s chanson style for herseventh solo set, 2007’s Voila. Showcasing her vocal savoir faire on coveted nuggetssuch as “La Vie En Rose,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” and “Bonnie Et Clyde,” the albumfeatured the keyboard wizardry of Brian Eno and backing vocals by cross-cultural sensation Natacha Atlas.
2010 saw the publication of Carlisle’s revealing autobiography, Lips Unsealed, in which she discussed in depth the fascinating late-‘70s Los Angeles punk scene of which shewas an integral part and her personal hard-won victory over substance abuse. The following year, she once again reteamed with The Go-Go’s for the 30th-anniversary‘Ladies Gone Wild’ tour, during which time the group received a star on the HollywoodWalk of Fame. In 2014, she widened her humanitarian efforts as co-founder of the India-based Animal People Alliance, which helps both street animals in distress and impoverished women through fundraising and education.
After The Go-Go’s farewell tour in 2016, Carlisle embarked upon her most adventurousmusical project yet. Adapting her longstanding love for the practice of Kundalini yoga toher enduring passion for performing, she upped the ante on her studies of the form’s musical premise: Sikh chants performed in Gurmukhi scripture. Combining the music’s traditional mantras with eclectic raga rock sounds, 2017’s Wilder Shores broke new artistic ground with its seamless integration of time-honored Hindu teachings into amodern American pop song structure. The album is Carlisle’s first new full-length recording for Edsel Records, the revered UK label which issued her 2013 comebackpop hit, “Sun”—as well as her entire solo back catalogue in special expanded CD/DVD