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Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer American musician

American musician
Lisa Fischer
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Intro American musician
Is Singer Songwriter Musician Guitarist Lyricist
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 1 December 1958, New York City, USA
Age: 61 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Education
The High School of Music & Art
Genre:
Rock music
Pop music
Rhythm and blues
Soul music
Freestyle rap
Freestyle music
Instruments:
Guitar
Audio
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Biography

Lisa Fischer (born December 1, 1958) is an American vocalist and songwriter. She found success with her 1991 debut album So Intense, which produced the Grammy Award–winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". She has been a back-up singer for a number of famous artists including Sting, Luther Vandross and Tina Turner, and toured with The Rolling Stones from 1989 to 2015.

Early life

Fischer was born in the Fort Greene neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Fischer's mother gave birth to her at age 16 and had a total of three children by the time she was 19. Fischer has fond memories of singing with her mother (a homemaker), her father (a warehouse worker and security officer) and her two younger brothers. She attended The High School of Music & Art in Manhattan. While she was 14, her father left; at age 17, her mother died.

In an interview with Christian Wikane of PopMatters, Fischer stated she was influenced by Freda Payne, Marvin Gaye and Melba Moore, and others early in her childhood. Before Fischer launched her solo mainstream career, she was supported by the black LGBT community. Fischer describes the experience of developing a stage image with adventure, quality, and beauty.

Career

1983–1989: Xēna and The Rolling Stones

In 1983, under the stage name "Xēna", Fischer released the b-boy classic "On the Upside". In 1984, a club track she recorded titled "Only Love (Shadows)" was briefly featured in the motion picture Beat Street and was later released in 1995 as part of the Hot Productions' The Best of Criminal Records compilation. However, Fischer began her music career supporting other artists providing backing vocals for artists including Melba Moore and Billy Ocean. She worked with many other famous singers, both as a session vocalist and sideman. She accompanied Luther Vandross whom she met through the mutual acquaintance of choreographer Bruce Wallace, who asked her to come to his agency for an audition. Fischer then traveled as a backup singer on his tours and sang on his albums until his death, in addition to other famous musicians, including Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass, and Roberta Flack.

Fischer maintained her career as a session singer, and continues to accompany The Rolling Stones on tour since 1989. She worked as a backup vocalist during the same period for Luther Vandross for the 22 years prior to his death, juggling his concert tours and those of The Rolling Stones, with whom she has a growing audience as she plays the foil to Mick Jagger onstage. During many 'staple' songs during tours with the Rolling Stones, she shares lead vocals, including "Monkey Man, and "Gimme Shelter", showcasing her vocal talents and are frequently on the set lists during their live concerts.

1990–1994: So Intense

Fischer's solo career peaked with the 1991 release of How Can I Ease the Pain from her album So Intense, reaching Number One on the R&B charts, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992. The album spawned three Top 20 R&B hits, and peaked at #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #100 on the Billboard 200 chart. Asked about the inspiration for her album, Fischer replied "I wasn't deep in search of a record deal, it was just one of those things...". In the movie 20 Feet From Stardom, Fischer's Grammy award for her hit single collects dust on a shelf. Fischer said she "just doesn't know what to do with it." Although Fischer earned success with her first album, a follow-up solo studio album was not released because an attempt to create a second album failed due to “energy shifts”.

Fischer recorded on various projects including providing lead vocals on the power ballad Colors of Love featured on the soundtrack for the film Made in America. Fischer says a contributing factor in her decision to discontinue her solo career following the release of her debut album was her fondness for backing vocalist rather than a solo artist. In a recent article, Fischer compared back-up singing to a "tuning fork";, and noted she rejected the idea of dissatisfaction and the theory of always aspiring for something more while creating music and supporting other artists. In 1992, Fischer traveled to Japan to perform in the Earth Voice Concert with Lee Ritenour, Phil Perry, Bobby Caldwell, Brenda Russell, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, Anita Baker, and others. During the concert, Fischer sang her 1991 number-one R&B hit How Can I Ease The Pain, providing backing vocals for her fellow musicians.

1996: Theatre

In August 1996, Fischer made her theatre debut in the off-Broadway play Born to Sing! chronicling the life and career of the fictional gospel superstar, Doris Winter. The final installment of the Mama, I Want to Sing! trilogy featured Fischer in the starring role of Doris Winter, and followed the character as she assembled a company of fellow singers for a global World Peace and Harmony Tour.

1996–2013: Backup singing

Fischer performing in 2008

Lisa Fischer continued to work on music doing background vocals and she also is a songwriter for artist such as Anane Vega. Fischer toured with Tina Turner on her Twenty Four Seven Tour. It was the worldwide top-grossing tour of 2000. She continued to sing backup for Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones as well as compose. Lisa was featured in an April 14, 2008 issue of Jet Magazine′s "Where Are They Now?" column. In 2009, Fischer completed touring with Tina Turner on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, and is featured on Turner's new live DVD-CD titled Tina Live. In the performance of Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, Fischer and Turner sing "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" together; after Turner leaves the stage, Fischer completes the song.

Fischer sang on Sting's album If on a Winter's Night... as a backing vocalist. In September 2009, Sting and his band with Fischer performed in Durham Cathedral. The rehearsals as well as the concert are available as a DVD. The behind-the-scenes documentary surrounding the event was produced jointly by the BBC, and was screened on December 29 that year. She appeared at the 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. She toured with Botti through 2010,, including appearing nightly as guest vocalist during the trumpeter's annual holiday engagement at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York city. She remained a guest artist with Botti's band in 2011, and continued to appear at their 2012 concerts.

In 2012, she joined the Rolling Stones for their 50 & Counting Tour in October 2012, and toured globally until July 2013. The band announced a follow-up tour 14 On Fire scheduled to start in February, and they would visit the Middle East, Asia, and Europe in summer 2014, and Australia in fall 2014.

In 2013, Fischer joined the rock band Nine Inch Nails as a backing vocalist for their Tension 2013 tour.

2013–2014: 20 Feet from Stardom

Fischer singing with Jagger and The Rolling Stones during their Fifty and Counting Tour, in Boston Mass., June 12, 2013

Fischer is an artist featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom (2013), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on June 21, 2013. The documentary highlights back-up singers by archiving the oral histories of artists like Merry Clayton and Darlene Love and their experiences within the American music industry. The film earned the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Music Film, with the award presented to the featured artists as well as the production crew.

In 2014, Fischer re-united with many of the back-up singers in 20 Feet From Stardom including Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Judith Hill to sing the national anthem at the 100th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

2014–Present: Solo Career

Fischer performing with JC Maillard in 2016

In 2014, Fischer began her solo tour accompanied by her band Grand Baton;, and they performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. That same year, a press release announced Fischer would collaborate with performer Billy Childs on a studio project about Laura Nyro. 2015, returning to her solo career, Fischer sold out six consecutive shows at The Jazz Standard in New York City.

Fischer engages with dance throughout her career. In 2015, she, along with her musical director, the composer, arranger, and pianist JC Maillard, collaborated with choreographer Alonzo King to create the music/dance ensemble piece entitled The Propelled Heart for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. The Propelled Heart premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on November 6, 2015. In September 2017, Fischer reprised her role in The Propelled Heart at the Kwai Tsing Theatre in Hong Kong. The program returned to the SF Bay Area's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November 2017 in honor of the 35th Anniversary of LINES Ballet.

In addition to her collaboration with King, Fischer continues to work with musicians and artists. In 2016, she provided vocal performances on three Grammy nominated projects including Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII with Louie Vega and The Elements of Life; Sing Me Home with Yo-Yo Ma, The Silkroad Ensemble, and Gregory Porter;, as well as New York Rhapsody with Lang Lang and Jeffrey Wright. In February 2018, Fischer’s vocal performances were featured in the HBO Film presentation Notes From The Field written and produced by playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

Fischer and Grand Baton partnered with The Seattle Symphony for their program Just A Kiss Away in February 2018 in which rock music anthems such as The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" were re-created orchestrally. The orchestral arrangements were composed by Chris Walden.

Discography

Albums
  • So Intense (1991)

Tours

Year(s) Tour Artist(s) Role
1985 I Feel for You Tour Chaka Khan Backing Vocalist
1985–1986 The Night I Fell in Love Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1987 Give Me the Reason Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1988 Any Love World Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1989–1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
1990 Best of Love Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1991 The Power of Love Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1993–1994 Never Let Me Go World Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1994–1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
1997 Your Secret Love World Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
1997–1998 Bridges to Babylon Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
1999 No Security Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
2000 Twenty Four Seven Tour Tina Turner Backing Vocalist
2001–2002 Take You Out Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
2002 BK Got Soul Tour Luther Vandross Backing Vocalist
2002–2003 Licks Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
2005–2007 A Bigger Bang Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
2008–2009 Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour Tina Turner Backing Vocalist
2010–2012 Chris Botti Tour Chris Botti Lead Vocalist
2012–2013 50 & Counting Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
2013 Louie Vega & The Elements of Life (EOL) Louie Vega Lead Vocalist
2013 Tension 2013 Nine Inch Nails Backing Vocalist
2014 14 On Fire Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist
2014–Present Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Tour Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Lead Vocalist
2015 Zip Code Tour The Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1992 Soul Train Music Award Best New Artist So Intense Nominated
1992 Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul Single – Female "How Can I Ease the Pain" Won
1992 Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul Album – Female So Intense Nominated
1992 Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "How Can I Ease the Pain" Won
1992 Grammy Award Best R&B Song "How Can I Ease the Pain" Nominated
2014 Grammy Award Best Music Film 20 Feet from Stardom Won

Theatre

Year Show Role Notes
1996 Born to Sing! Doris Winter Union Square Theatre
August 1996 – January 1997
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https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/lisa-fischer
http://overmyshoulderfoundation.org/lisa-fischer-star-in-the-sidelines/
https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/movies/the-voice-behind-mick-and-others.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/10/08/Music-preview-Lisa-Fischer-steps-into-the-spotlight/stories/201510080037
http://www.wnyc.org/story/lisa-fischer-death-sex-money/
http://www.popmatters.com/feature/172617-performer-spotlight-the-women-of-20-feet-from-stardom-lisa-fischer/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/pollo-del-mar/grammy-winner-lisa-fischer-a-gay-man-changed-the-way-i-look-at-myself_b_7039032.html
http://newton.wickedlocal.com/article/20160328/ENTERTAINMENT/160326246
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-friday-january-29-2016-1.3425073/storied-backup-singer-lisa-fischer-on-claiming-centre-stage-1.3425083
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