After a few years working in her father's construction business, she decided to take a punt at becoming a singer herself, and in 2009, at the age of 21, she took part in Irish TV's country music talent show Glór Tíre ("Country Voice"), where she reached the final. Her success gave her a huge confidence boost and the following year she moved to her mother's home county of Donegal, where she hooked up with promoter Ray McLoughlin, formed a band, and began performing. Blessed with a rich, sweet voice, wholesome good looks, and a warm, friendly personality, McHugh soon became a bona fide star. In 2012, she released her debut album Dreams Come to Life, which saw her named Female Singer of the Year by the Irish World. That year she got the opportunity of a lifetime when Gene Watson
asked her to sing on his latest album. He took her to record in Nashville, where she performed with him at the Grand Ole Opry.
Later she moved to Enniskillen, within easy reach of both Belfast and Dublin, at around the same time as Nathan Carter
, with whom she had become good friends; the two were briefly "romantically linked." In 2014, she released her second album, A Life That's Good, featuring the singles "Applejack" and "Hillbilly Girl," and was awarded her own TV show, On the Road with Lisa, which brought her to an even bigger audience. In 2015, she was invited back to Glór Tíre, this time as a mentor. Her third album, Wildfire, dropped that year, followed by #Country in 2016. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi