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 breakout success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey. Featuring clips of Lisa’s 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit “How Can I Ease The Pain” and her legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues like Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti, the film showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, earned her a second Grammy award, and left audiences eager to see and hear more. “Ms. Fischer has become the unexpected star of Mr. Neville’s film,” said the New York Times.
Lisa set out on tour with no recordings or video to help book and promote shows, headlining first in small clubs then at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, then at concert halls in major cities. In performance, she draws from an eclectic palette of influences, putting her stamp on Led Zeppelin and Little Willie John, recasting rock anthems from her tours with the Stones and Tina Turner. Grand Baton’s organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, psychedelic soul, and progressive rock ignites Lisa’s flexibility and freedom of expression.
“Transcendental!”(The Huffington Post) “The single best show I’ve seen in the many years I’ve visited Birdland.” (The New York Times) “The hair on the back of your neck stands up. The display of vocal magic was mesmerizing.” (The Edmonton Sun) “[A] wondrous instrument that can seamlessly blend classical, jazz, soul, gospel, rock and folk.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). “Her glamorous-girl-next-door quality makes fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery.” (Broadway World)
Lisa’s range is legendary, but her greatest gift is the ability to reach the hearts of her listeners. Raised in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, she emerged from New York’s studio scene in the early-1980s and quickly became session singer royalty. Lisa’s career revolved around supporting other artists, including her mentor Luther Vandross and a constellation of music legends including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Bobby McFerrin, Grover Washington, Patti LaBelle, and other major recording artists. Lisa joined the Rolling Stones on tour for the first time for their 1989 Steel Wheels tour; she has graced their stage for 26 years.
Fronting her own band or collaborating with other artists, Lisa’s passion for music leads to growth and experimentation. She recorded the title track for Billy Childs’ Map to the Treasure (2014), collaborated with YoYo Ma and Gregory Porter, and created music with J.C. Maillard for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. “It’s an exciting new chapter for an artist who had early career success but eschewed the trappings of celebrity in favor of making honest music every night,” Broadway World observes. Ms. Lisa Fischer is on a creative journey, destination unknown.