Labour of Love
Lisette & Tyler, or L&T for short, are both a business venture and a love story. Whenever someone asks how long they've been together, or how they started as a duo, Lisette likes to tell them "[she] knew Tyler before he knew [she] existed."
The now-married couple are 3 years apart. They met in high school, where Lisette's father taught Tyler in guitar class. T's talent and handsome charm left a lasting impression, and earned him the spot as L's secret crush in her Grade 12 year book, even after he had already graduated!
The duo started dating November of 2012 while attending university, and gigging with fellow music students around town. They began their professional journey together as a Jazz Duo, frequenting local corporate events, weddings, and dinner/cocktail parties, with the repertoire they learned in the jazz program at the U of W's School of Creative Arts.
GOING THE DISTANCE
In 2013, Tyler was accepted to study abroad at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, where he completed his 1-year Masters Program in Contemporary Studio Performance. L&T successfully embraced the long-distance relationship during their studies, and Lisette travelled to Europe to see Ty graduate in 2014.
Ty was the first to accept a contract with Carnival Cruise Line in the Summer of 2015. Later that year, he also taught as a session instructor for the Guitar Techniques class at the University of Windsor.
TIME TO TRAVEL
It was in 2016 that the couple applied to Carnival Entertainment together. Lisette graduated in the summer, and they joined the Carnival Inspiration in the fall, as members of the Showband "Imagine Blue." They also volunteered to perform as a duo onboard, for the ship's weekly Captain's Celebration. This was a learning experience as entertainers, musicians and team members, gaining knowledge and friendships while travelling from Long Beach, California to Baja Mexico and Catalina Island for 6 months.
After returning home, the duo continued gigging, landing their debut performance at Caesars Windsor casino's COSMOS Stage in 2017. In addition, Tyler earned a position in the pit orchestra for Windsor Light Musical Theatre's production of Mamma Mia! and Lisette put her StudioArt Minor to use, launching her own artist shop online and locally, as a vendor, glitter tattoo artist, and graphic designer @lisettestudio.
Their second cruise contract brought them to Galveston, Texas and Cozumel, Mexico, as members of the Showband "Sail Force One." They continued to learn new repertoire in multiple genres and had the opportunity to perform in the Playlist Production main stage show "America Rocks." L&T also performed weekly as a duo in the ship's Red Frog Pub. This seven month contract was the stepping stone for them to transition into the Mainstream Duo position with Carnival Cruise Line.
On September 19th 2018, L&T got engaged! Tyler proposed to Lisette at Lake Moraine, during their vacation trip around Banff, Alberta. When they returned home, they reconnected with their friends Leaving Lennox from the Imagination contract which led to many laughs and a spur of the moment Willie Nelson cover.
A WHOLE NEW DUO
The Carnival Inspiration 2019 marked L&T's first cruise contract as a Duo. During this time, they focused on learning new songs, developing their new sound, and expanding their versatility with new equipment. They also spent more time connecting with guests and engaging with their growing audience on social media.
While home, L&T made monthly appearances at Caesars Windsor while focusing their free time on future wedding plans, and writing/recording original music for their upcoming EP. This brought them to their next ship: the Carnival Liberty where the duo continued wedding planning, finishing their EP, & releasing a series of new cover videos online.
2020: TWICE AS MUCH FUN
“Happy Wedding New Year!!” After 7 years together, Lisette & Tyler tied the knot on September 5th, 2020!!
Today, though travels are suspended for the time being due to COVID-19, the duo are thrilled to have released their debut EP "Lost at Sea" and so happy to be starting their next chapter together as Mr. & Mrs.
In the spirit of new year’s resolutions, their 2020 plans include starting this blog on the L&T website to continue documenting music, travel adventures, and never-ending love story...