Lisa Fischer
American musician
Lisa Fischer
Lisa Fischer is an American R&B singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 1991 with her debut album So Intense, which produced the Grammy Award winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". Known for her upper head notes, Fischer has been recognized as one of the most successful session vocalists of the era. She has sung back-up for a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Review: BRIC JazzFest in Brooklyn Wraps Up With a Mesh of Styles
NYTimes - 4 months
The festival’s closing marathon set featured Terrace Martin, the Marc Ribot Trio, Lisa Fischer and Liberty Ellman.
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Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc's Senior Editor, September 8, 2016 After a summer's worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you'd think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016's jazz celebrations. Think again. The party was really just getting started as the two most important jazz festivals in the world launch in September. First, there was the Detroit International Jazz Festival (on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5). It's in its 37th year and prides itself in being the world's largest free jazz fest, featuring top-tier artists as well as talented Detroiters performing on four major downtown outdoor stages and in a nightly jam session at the Detroit Marriot's indoor Renaissance Center. Then a couple of weeks later the Monterey Jazz Festival--a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean (the smell of salt in the air as well as oftentimes chilly fog-driven temps)--stages its three-day jazz-and-beyond bash o ...
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Review: Lisa Fischer Joyfully Flaunts Her Range at Birdland
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The vocalist, accompanied by her band Grand Baton, effused a mix of happiness and anguish in the kind of singing rarely heard outside of church.
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Backup Singers and the Divided Soul
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A few nights ago I attended a Los Angeles screening of "20 Feet from Stardom." It's rare that a documentary inspires the audience to cheer, clap and sing along, but this one did. It tells the story of the great backup singers -- Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others --who have been the unheralded powerhouses of American pop music for over fifty years. It's not a perfect film. In fact, it's a bit of a mess. With such a sprawling story to tell and so many characters to follow, director Morgan Neville seems to have given up on making choices or finding a coherent structure; he pretty much throws everything into the hopper, and it spills out chaotically. And, through no fault of his, there's a lot of music missing, evidently because the star singers or their estates withheld permission. (We hear all about Judith Hill's big moment singing at Michael Jackson's funeral, and you can see it all over YouTube, but not here.) But the film works anyway. The music and the story ...
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Liz Smith: Bette Midler and Darlene Love Celebrate 20 Feet From Stardom
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Girl, what the hell is the matter with you. How come you're having a heart attack? Explain this to me!" That was the great Darlene Love, doing her best Bette Midler imitation (and it's very good!), telling what Bette phoned and said to her, a week after Darlene's heart attack several years ago. Bette knew Darlene was out of danger. She called her old friend to make her laugh. Darlene told this story the other day at a celebration for Morgan Neville's fantastic documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom." This tells the history of back-up singers -- you know, those girls who stand in the back harmonizing with the star, filling in notes the star can't hit, and sometimes -- as in Darlene Love's case, singing the whole damn song, and then seeing it released under some other group's name! So this is an extraordinarily poignant, life and talent affirming look at these women, some of whom -- like the majestic, incredible Lisa Fischer -- seem content not to have made it "big" as ...
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Critic's Pick: '20 Feet From Stardom'
LATimes - over 3 years
Veteran director Morgan Neville takes a moving and joyous behind-the-scenes look at the world of rock 'n' roll backup singers. No one knows better than critics that the one-size-fits-all movie has yet to be made, but every once in a while something comes along that just about everyone is guaranteed to enjoy, and the irresistible documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" is one of those times. Veteran director Morgan Neville has made a moving and joyous behind-the-scenes film about the world of rock 'n' roll backup singers. It's a universe filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make: When you say names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, you are conjuring entire universes of sound. These women sing in a way that is transformative for us, and, it turns out, for them as well .
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New Film Puts Backup Singers in the Spotlight—for Once
Mother Jones - over 3 years
You hear their "oohs" and "aahs" on tons of popular songs, but for most of their careers they are back from the spotlight, their voices secondary to the famous ones captivating the crowd. In the new documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, a handful of backup singers finally get their chance to be seen as well as heard. From the opening sequence, where the camera zooms in on them while their bandleaders are blocked out with blue dots, to the tightly framed close-ups on their faces singers, we get to know a group of women whose stories have never been told. Watch the trailer: Director Morgan Neville, whom I spoke to recently in San Francisco along with singers Merry Clayton and Tata Vega, chronicles the ups and downs in the careers of singers like Darlene Love (member of the vocal trio the Blossoms and backup singer to Frank Sinatra); Lisa Fischer, who now tours with the Rolling Stones; and Clayton, one of Ray Charles' background singers. Producer Gil Friesen, who passed away in ...
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Doc walks backup singers '20 Feet' into spotlight
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love, fame and fortune were just a shot away.
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Review: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' puts backup singers center stage
LATimes - over 3 years
Morgan Neville's documentary is a moving, joyous look at Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others. Their voices are powerful enough to tear you apart and put you back together again, and their stories will do the same. But when you call them backup singers, you better smile.
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Dwight Brown: Twenty Feet From Stardom
Huffington Post - over 3 years
They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music. Without them, lead singers sound hollow. Now their voices are heard, in an enlightening documentary that is as illuminating as it is thoroughly entertaining. Back in the day, backup singers just sang the notes on the page. In the '60s a new breed of singers emerged, and these divas sang from the heart. Hard to say who was the first, but certainly, Darlene Love is one of the godmothers of the genre. Says Love, "God gave me this talent and I intended to use it." Love led the background group the Blossoms, who were introduced to the world on the '60s musical TV show Shindig. Love was the one in the center, with the puffy red hair who wailed like a gospel singer but sang rock, pop and soul music. You may not recognize her face, but you know her voice. She sang lead on the Crystals record He's a Rebel. Phi ...
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'An Up-And-Coming Band'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — For one night only, the Rolling Stones were an up-and-coming band again. The legendary group rocked a small club in Los Angeles on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour a week later on May 3 at the Staples Center. The band kicked off Saturday's hush-hush 90-minute concert at the Echoplex in the hip Echo Park neighborhood with "You Got Me Rocking" before catapulting into a mix of new and old material, as well as their bluesy covers of classics from Otis Redding ("That's How Strong My Love Is"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie") and The Temptations ("Just My Imagination"). "Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that's always coming up – and I'm glad you're here to welcome an up-and-coming band," lead singer Mick Jagger joked after the second song of the evening, "Respectable." Despite clocking in several decades as a band, Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitar ...
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Revisiting this year’s EHS prom
The Ennis Daily News - almost 5 years
Lisa Fincher Ennis High School’s 2012 Prom was a huge success. After many months of preparation, the KJT was transformed into the Vegas strip. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!
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'Luther Radio' to Launch on Sirius XM
News On News - almost 5 years
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) has announced that it will launch "Luther Radio," featuring music from Vandross' 13 Gold and Platinum albums as well as rarities, archival concerts, and an archival interview with Vandross from 2003, celebrating what would have been Vandross' 61st birthday. "Luther Radio" will launch on Friday, April 20, Vandross' birthday, at 12:00 pm ET and will run through Monday, April 23 on channel 48. The limited-run channel will feature music spanning Vandross' Grammy® Award-winning catalog, special broadcasts of Vandross performing at Radio City Music Hall in 2003 and a performance for BBC Radio from 1988, which will be broadcast as part of SiriusXM's "Live from the BBC Vault" concert series. Additionally, "Luther Radio" will include special guest DJ sessions by Vandross' backup singers Fonzi Thornton and Lisa Fischer. SiriusXM listeners will also hear an archival interview Vandross conducted in April, 2003, a week before he fell ill, with SiriusXM's B.J. St ...
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Ein Sieg des gesamten Teams - Badische Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Alte und neue Meisterin wurde die Weltmeisterin in der Einerverfolgung auf der Bahn, Mieke Kröger (RV Teutoburg Brackwerde), vor Lisa Fischer (Thüringen) und Susanne Lokmani (Brandenburg). Für das Rothaus-Team folgten Lara Tomisch (13
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lisa Fischer
  • 2016
    Age 57
    In March 2016, Fischer went on tour along with her backup band trio Grand Baton.
    More Details Hide Details Fischer was married to musician Chris Walker but is now divorced.
  • 2015
    Age 56
    Returning to her solo career after singing backup for major artists and groups, Lisa Fischer has sold out six consecutive shows at the Jazz Standard in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 55
    In 2014 Fischer reunited with many of the backup 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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year it was announced that Fischer would be collaborating with performer Billy Childs on a studio project that would pay tribute to Laura Nyro's musical talent and life.
  • 2013
    Age 54
    In 2013, Fischer joined the rock band Nine Inch Nails as a backing vocalist for their Tension 2013 tour.
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    Fischer is one of the main artists 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.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary highlights often unheralded minority women backup singers by archiving the oral histories of artists like Merry Clayton and Darlene Love and their experiences within the American music industry.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    In 2012, she joined the Rolling Stones for their 50 & Counting Tour that began in October 2012 and toured internationally until July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The band have announced that there will be a follow-up tour 14 ON FIRE. That was scheduled to start in February and they would be visiting the Middle East, Asia, and Europe in summer 2014, and Australia in the fall 2014.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    She remained a guest artist with Botti's band in 2011 and continued to appear at their 2012 concerts.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    She continued to tour 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.
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    She appeared at the 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, where she was featured with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    Fischer sang on Sting's album If on a Winter's Night as a backing vocalist. In September 2009, Sting and his band, plus Fischer, performed the songs live in Durham Cathedral.
    More Details Hide Details The rehearsals as well as the concert were filmed and were released 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.
    In the performance of Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, in 2009, Fischer and Turner sing "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" together and after Turner leaves the stage, Fischer completes the song solo.
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    In 2009, Fischer completed touring with Tina Turner on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour and she is featured on Turner's new live DVD-CD titled Tina Live.
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  • 1991
    Age 32
    She sang her 1991 number-one R&B hit "How Can I Ease The Pain" and also sang background vocals for other artists.
    More Details Hide Details Fischer has been engaged with dance throughout her career and worked with some ballet companies when she collaborated with Alonzo King to create music/dance pieces, and has performed at their world premieres. 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 songs for herself and up-and-coming artists. Lisa was featured in an April 14, 2008 issue of Jet Magazine′s "Where Are They Now?" column.
    Fischer's solo career peaked with the 1991 release of "How Can I Ease the Pain" from her album So Intense, which reached number one on the R&B charts and won her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details 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. When she was asked about the inspiration for her album, Fischer replied that "I wasn't deep in search of a record deal, it was just one of those things that happened". In the movie 20 Feet From Stardom, Fischer's Grammy award for her hit single collects dust on a shelf. Fisher said she "just doesn't know what to do with it." Lisa Fischer was successful from her first album and her solo career, unfortunately she was unable to achieve that success with her second album. After an attempt to create a second album at Elektra Records it failed due to “energy shifts”. Fischer also provided stirring vocals on the power ballad "Colors of Love" which was featured on the soundtrack album for the film Made in America. Fischer stated that the reason she discontinued her career as a solo artist afterward was because she enjoyed being a backing singer much more than a solo artist. Fischer rejected the idea of never being satisfied and the theory of always aspiring for something more. She stated that she just enjoys doing music and supporting other artists. Fischer compares back-up singing to being a "tuning fork". In 1992, Lisa 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.
    She rose to fame in 1991 with her debut album So Intense, which produced the Grammy Award–winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain".
    More Details Hide Details Known for her wide, high-reaching vocal range, Fischer has been recognized as one of the most successful session vocalists of the era. She has been a back-up singer for a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross and Tina Turner, and has toured with The Rolling Stones since 1989, where her popularity with the fans has brought her to routinely duet with Mick Jagger on several songs when performing onstage. Fischer was born in the Fort Greene neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, New York. “The self-proclaimed "East Coast girl," reared in Brooklyn now resides in New Jersey. Fischer’s mother gave birth to her at age 15 and had a total of three kids by the time she was 19. During her childhood, Fischer and her family lived off welfare and food stamps. When Fischer was 14 her father left and at age 17 her mother died, leaving her with the responsibility of taking care of her two youngest brothers. Fischer's love for singing was encouraged by her mother, a homemaker; father, a security guard and warehouse worker; and two younger brothers. In an interview with Christian Wikane of PopMatters, Fischer stated that she was influenced by Freda Payne, Marvin Gaye and Melba Moore, as well as others early in her childhood. Before Fischer launched her solo work, she was greatly influenced by the LGBT community. Fischer has described the experience of developing a stage image that has adventure, quality, and beauty.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 every one of their tours since 1989. She worked as a backup vocalist during the same period for Luther Vandross for the 22 years prior to his death, having to juggle her time between 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 more and more frequently. There are songs that have become staples during tours with the Rolling Stones where she shares lead vocals, including "Monkey Man, and "Gimme Shelter", which showcase her vocal talents and are frequently on the set lists during their live concerts.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    In 1983, under the stage name Xēna, Fischer released a Latin freestyle single, the electro classic "On the Upside".
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  • 1958
    Born on December 1, 1958.
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