Ms. Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last. After four decades of singing background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is finally offering her own humble, heartfelt song, accompanied by her inventive new band Grand Baton. The past 18 months have been a whirlwind, with performances at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, at the Hollywood Bowl, and in major cities all over the world.
The unexpected success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey. The film told her story, complete with clips of her 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit “How Can I Ease The Pain,” live footage of her legendary duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues like Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti. It showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, opened a window on her sometimes lonely life on the road, earned her a second Grammy award, and left audiences eager to see and hear more.
Lisa set out on her first tour with no recordings or video to help book and promote shows, headlining first in small clubs, moving quickly to festivals and concert halls. Journalists, music business insiders, and supporters jumped in to spread the word. “Her glamorous-girl-next-door quality makes fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery.” (Broadway World) “A sublime experience,” “phenomenal times infinity,” “mind blowing,” “an intangible souvenir that will remain in our hearts and minds forever.” (Facebook followers) “Transcendental!”(The Huffington Post) “She brought down the house in the single best show I’ve seen in the many years I’ve visited Birdland.” (The New York Times) “You know you’re in the presence of greatness when the hair on the back of your neck stands up. On her own stage, [Fischer] exuded supreme confidence. The display of vocal magic was mesmerizing . . . quiet and subtle until the mighty shout was unleashed . . . .” (The Edmonton Sun) “[A] wondrous instrument that can seamlessly blend classical, jazz, soul, gospel, rock and folk.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).