5 Questions is a feature by Steve Duffy –
In 2013, Grammy winner Lisa Fischer was featured as one of the stars “20 Feet from Stardom.” You may not recognize her face, but you will definitely recognize her voice. This power house has toured as a back-up singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting and Chris Botti.
She will be bringing her amazing singing voice to the Wilbur in April.
SD: How has your career changed since starring in “20 Feet From Stardom”?
LF: Since the film’s release, I’m been working with an amazing management team. (Thank you Linda Goldstein!) I’ve also been performing with a beautiful group of souls called Grand Baton: Thierry Arpino, our drummer, Aidan Carroll, our bassist and JC Maillard who is the musical director and arranger. They have all blessed my life with their sense of play in the music. I couldn’t walk this walk without them. The other most important thing I’ve noticed is the people that come to the shows are such beautiful sensitive listeners and seem to really be “in” the music with us. That’s how the circle has felt to me. That’s been the greatest gift of all.
SD: At what point did you realize that you wanted to stop singing from 20 feet behind and take center stage?
LF: I don’t feel that I’m realizing this… It feels more like the music is truly taking control and taking me on a ride to destinations unknown.
SD: You have sung and toured with some of the greats: Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, and Sting. What lessons have you learned from them?
LF: In my eyes, they all share a sense of fearlessness that comes from a very deep and individual space. They share a sense of creative freedom. The thing that impresses me most is I think they share a peace within which musically allows them to not tear themselves apart for making musical mistakes. I think what we would call mistakes would be wanderings of the spirit to them. Many beautiful jewels along that road I believe. But it takes a free heart.
SD: The music industry seems to focus more on star potential rather than talent, do you believe that hurts the chances of someone with real talent?
LF: I’m thankful for the Industry for all the music we’ve been able to share and experience worldwide–the good, the bad, and the ugly. We, the buying public, have the power to share with the industry what we want to hear and see according to what we purchase. When I make a musical purchase, talent wins out every time… whether I purchase a CD or a concert experience or see someone performing on the street corner.
SD: What can your fans expect to see/hear at your show?
LF: Expect to watch us lose our little minds in the melodies and the rhythms of the music… Feel free to join in. Pleeeeease!