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Lisa Page Brooks & Tasha Page Lockhart on Relationship Values

When it comes to a relationship between a mother and daughter some relationships thrive and flourish while others suffocate and crumble. The award winning gospel singers hailing from the city of Detroit, Michigan have definitely had their share of highs and lows. Lisa Page-Brooks and Tasha Page-Lockhart have managed to maintain a loving and thriving relationship that is REAL. Don’t be fooled, the love they exemplify through social media and on stage they show to each other even more from day to day life.

Many women may consider their mother or daughter friendly once adulthood comes into play for the child in the relationship but Lisa and Tasha give each other the title of BEST friend. They talk to each other every day, sometimes several times a day. They encourage each other, promote each other and, whenever they can, go anywhere they can with each other. There are so many facets to their relationship. Lisa assures, “Our relationship is great because she [Tasha] still has that respect for me as her mother, but still we are like best friends now and she hasn’t crossed that line.” For Tasha, she not only respects Lisa as her mom, but as her pastor and teacher.  “Everything I know about being a mother, a friend, a sister, a wife; it all came from her. Everything I have learned from the music industry as well… I’ve had the best teacher,” said Tasha.

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Has their relationship always been this perfect? No. But, can anyone truthfully say that? If you haven’t heard a bit of Tasha’s testimony, she became a mother at the age of 17 and eventually developed some bad habits such as using drugs. That part of her life caused a bit of a strain on her relationship with her mom. Sometimes she would go one to two weeks without Lisa knowing where she was or who she was with. They aren’t the only parent and child with this testimony but it’s always good to hear how people get through this season. When Lisa was sharing on this time from her point of view she stated, “I felt like she wasn’t listening to me. That was hard for me as a mother. She was against the program with everything that was put in her, sort of speak. It appeared that she just wanted to experience whatever and be considered grown.”

Like many mothers who have children who stray away from their upbringing and do those things that may cause a heart to hurt, Lisa experienced those moments as well. There was disrespect involved and times when she remembers hoping Tasha was just alive. Being a woman of faith and a pastor she still had her moments, as all humans do. She questioned herself and her parenting. She worried about her daughter. “We know the cliches, but when that stuff hits you in the face and knocks on your door, that stuff is real,” said Lisa. “The strongest love ever outside of God’s love is a mother’s love.” Lisa mentioned that she had to remind herself that God loved Tasha even more than she did and because of that she knew she had to give it to God.

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What Tasha treasures the most about that time is how the love in the relationship didn’t change and that was one of things that made it easier to get past that time in their lives. “There never was a time when we stopped having a relationship. My mother continued to love me through the whole thing,” said Tasha. Lisa never interrogated Tasha when she would return to visit but instead welcomed her with love. “There were times when I stayed away from church for months and would show up and they would say I was singing today. I was thinking in my mind, clearly I’ve been out here in the streets getting high for months. But I appreciate that every time I showed up they reminded me of who I was and who I was supposed to be. There was never a breakdown in the love and that’s how we got through it,” said Tasha. Tasha is not ashamed of her testimony from this season in her life. Her freshman recording, Here Right Now, and sophomore recording, The Beautiful Project, have been quite transparent about her experiences in life. As if music isn’t enough for expression she released a book, “And the Winner Is,” in 2017 as she fills in the blanks for her story when she became the winner of BET’s show, Sunday’s Best, for their sixth season.

Tasha has been involved in the entertainment industry from a young age. Growing up in the city of Detroit she was surrounded by talent not only from her mother but other family and friends. Doing Sunday’s Best wasn’t something that Lisa completely agreed with Tasha doing. “I was totally against her even doing Sunday’s Best. She was a grown woman and that was her decision. I supported it. I told her I wouldn’t do it. Because you have to be strong with confidence for others that do the same thing to tell you that you aren’t doing it good,” said Lisa. Lisa admits that the industry is competitive, but those who are a part of it must remain focused on the purpose of ministering and giving your best at all times. She has instilled this in Tasha.

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Their family has a strong background in music and entertainment. To them, it’s important to stay in their own lane. Some have attempted to bring a competitive spirit to them as they compare them to the likes of Karen Clark-Sheard and Kierra Sheard or even one on one competitive comparisons for Lisa to Vanessa Bell-Armstrong and for Tasha to Tasha Cobbs-Leonard. Competition is never something they cave into doing when they are ministering or acting. While competition is not their vice, becoming comfortable with their own talent has taken some time to get over. Lisa recalls as she was coming up with friends from Commissioned, The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong and more that it was popular for female vocalist to sing with a high range. Lisa has a low range and it took some time but she learned to grow comfortable in her own gift. “Whatever God has given you should be perfected and you should do it well,” said Lisa. She believes that it’s important to do what you do and be able to cheer on others at the same time.

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While Lisa’s learned not to compare her abilities to other female singers, Tasha’s learned not to compare herself to her mother. Time after time people applied the expectations for Tasha’s vocal capabilities to match her mother’s. “Before I could even open my mouth, it was pressure for me to sound like her [Lisa],” mentioned Tasha. “I have a high voice, but my mother has a lower tone and is known for that. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough sometimes because I couldn’t do that,” said Tasha. Tasha had to learn that she couldn’t force herself to do something that her voice wasn’t created to do. It took a few years, but she learned her sound and developed her own flavor of singing. She admits that there are a few things that she takes from her mother’s way of singing, but she sees that as a compliment to her mother’s example to her. “I think it’s amazing that my mother is alive to see where God has allowed me to be in the music industry. I believe that music has definitely strengthened our bond,” said Tasha.

Lisa and Tasha have found humor in being mixed up as Lisa Page-Lockhart and Tasha Page-Brooks. They have even had to have honorariums corrected because of this error. It’s exciting for them to be able to share so many experiences together as mother and daughter. Who can forget the time they graced the stage a couple of years ago at the BMI Trailblazer Awards singing “Go Get It” by Mary Mary in honor of Erica and Tina Campbell. They are a force to be reckoned with when they both have a microphone at the same time! Lisa has been on Tasha’s album and Tasha has done work for her mother’s upcoming live release, Lisa Live. They just work well together.

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Aside from working with each other they each have their own individual success. Tasha isn’t the only author in the family. Lisa has a book as well titled “In the Process.” They have both been on stage in numerous plays. Lisa has worked with playwrights such as Michael Matthews and Tasha most recently was able to work with the Tyler Perry. Needless to say, this mother and daughter are slaying it! You can follow them on social media to keep up with their personal updates. Lisa’s handle on all platforms is @lisapagebrooks and the hashtag #GratefulChick is used by her often. If you are into fashion, check out her business @neeneeschic1 on Instagram. Tasha’s handles are @tashapagelockhart on Instagram and Facebook and @tashalockhart on Twitter.

The editor was was raised as a pastor’s daughter in the city of Chicago and now resides in southern Illinois and is married to a minister. Don’t mistake her roles as a preacher’s kid (p.k.) and a preacher’s wife (p.k.) as a lack for awareness for what happens in the life of the average woman. She has had acquaintances and friendships over the years with women from all walks of life and the one thing that she has had in common with them all is her faith. Through those relationships she learned that everyone has moments of doubt, discouragement and even triumphs. The key is to have a connection to other believers so they can encourage each other through the ups and downs of life. That is what inspired her to create Nouveau Exposure Magazine. She has purposed to find other believers with testimonies of success after struggle, dreams coming to fruition by applying faith and action as well as lessons on self love. email address: SharondaCawthon@nouveauexposure.org