"In God we trust and in life we try” words that London born and bred Grime MC Isabell ‘Lioness’ Fender lives by. Born in 1989, Lioness entered the Grime scene at the tender age of 14 and through the influence of her musical family - original grime heads will know them as Mastermind Trooperz & MYT (Mastermind Youth Team) - she set about leaving her unshakeable print on the world of Grime. Lighting up the then adolescent Channel U (now Channel AKA), pirate radio era of Grime with her awe inducing wordplay, wit and fluid style, Lioness quickly becoming a fan favourite.
In 2010 with Lioness’ debut mixtape Lochness Monster she became known as the voice of those that often felt voiceless and misrepresented; with an eclectic array of sounds, ranging from Grime to Hiphop to House, Lioness showed that she had something for everyone. Stand out tracks like Good For A Girl a hard hitting remix of Drake’s Over and her classic F64 “one of the most iconic F64s of all time” (Complex) further cemented her place at the Grime table.
A feature on the BBC Three series, Jail Tales and opening for Rick Ross at the Hammersmith Apollo for his sold out BMF Tour rounded off an impressive 2010.
Many imitators have come and gone, Lioness has stood the test of time.” (Grime Report)
In 2011 came her sophmore offering, the timeless Roarness; which further displayed her versatile ability and allowed her evergrowing fan base more insight into the psyche of a Lioness. The Ghetts inspired, grit fueled All Black Winterness giving an unrelenting showcase of Lioness’ distinctive lyriscism and flow. A sold out launch of Roarness at the intimate and world renowned Jazz Cafe a fitting presentation of a more personal body of work.
Never one to shy away from a topic, Lioness’ feature on the Channel 4 series, Random Acts, shone a well needed light on the inner turmoil that comes with teen pregnancy, providing an often unheard viewpoint and sparking a much overdue conversation
Standout verses on Ms Dynamite's Neva Soft remix and Female Allstars Roc The Mic followed before Lioness took a hiatus from music, leaving many asking if and when she would return?
After six years, the mic was once again picked up with her first single, the Jammz produced heavy-hitting banger, Everyting Mad and a sigh of relief and excitement could be heard.
Lioness followed up with the bold and honest freestyle, DBT and the anthemic DBT Remix. Showing that she was the same MC fans had fallen in love with and this time, she was going nowhere. Now here we are, conversation has been sparked once more and the world awaits to hear what else the Lioness has to say.