Born: June 28 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Lisa Hearns is an acclaimed jazz vocalist who has performed at legendary venues and festivals in Boston, New York City, and throughout New England. The daughter of two music professors, Hearns grew up in Massachusetts and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Before attending Berklee she formed and led her own group, playing in New York City for several years and traveling throughout New England, performing together until 2001. She returned to New York City in September, 2001 to continue her singing career. Hearns has made several professional recordings to date including her debut jazz release I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good' produced by six-time Grammy Award Winner Elliot Scheiner. Scheiner wrote The first time I heard Lisa Hearns sing, I knew I had to work with her...She is truly one of the most extraordinary singers I have ever worked with. She has a most identifiable voice and an artistic approach to performing unlike anyone I've ever worked with.
The album features special guest guitarist Howard Alden [Concord Records], upright bassist and arranger Kelly Friesen, pianist Keith Ingham, and drummer Arnold Wise.
Currently Hearns can be seen performing in a variety of venues in and around the New York Tri-State area where she continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances, and is planning a tour in support of her new release.
Chris Spector MIDWEST RECORD
“For her debut release, I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good, ….Lisa Hearns, has hit the ground running. Hearns has got a Doris Day, girl next door kind of voice delivered with a relaxed presentation that is alluring, and seductive... Brilliantly conceived and performed, I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good is fresh music by a fresh voice!”
George Harris ALL ABOUT JAZZ Los Angeles
“Hearns sounds like she could have been transported to the future from an era when many jazz vocalists were household names...“I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good succeeds on all fronts...a rare achievement for a debut album.”
Dan Bilawsky JAZZ IMPROV NY
Lisa Hearns isn't quite the newcomer, but she hasn't yet achieved the national attention that her talent could command. Her new CD reveals a feel for the traditional but a taste for the eclectic - in other words, she's got something new to offer. On I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good (s/r) Hearns redefines sultry with her bluesy version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine and her gorgeous vocalese throughout the album shows the breadth and depth of her range as a singer...
Suzanne Lorge ALL ABOUT JAZZ NEW YORK
A fine swing singer who has a clear tone, excellent phrasing, and puts honest feeling into the words she interprets....Lisa Hearns should have a bright future in jazz.
Scott Yanow LA Jazz Scene
Lisa Hearn's new CD I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good is a winner!...It's brimming with talent and truly swings. A homerun!
Bob Collins The Jazz Cafe, WRHU