Lisa Fischer is a native of New York City where she attended the High School of The Performing Arts and Queens College before starting her career as a singer. Her intentions were to sing opera but her first releases were club records under the name Xena. “On The Upside” and “Only Love” came out in 1983 and the latter ended-up on the Beat Street soundtrack. She worked with a group that was performing under the name of the Marvelettes and the group’s choreographer got Fischer an audition with Luther Vandross. The supreme balladeer became a mentor and friend to Fischer and during this time period she would also work as a back-up singer for Chaka Khan, The Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. So Intense would emerge as her only solo album in 1991 and the song “How Can I Ease The Pain” introduced her as an R&B singer of exceptional vocal power. The song earned her a Grammy in 1992 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance with Patti Labelle. “Save Me” was the second single from So Intense that did well but was never followed-up with another full-length album. In 2001 Norman Connors featured her on a rousing version of “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” from his Eternity album. Masters at Work have utilized her vocal potency on “Woman,” “Love Will Know” and “Into My Life (You Brought The Sunshine)” with Cindy Mizelle sharing the vocal parts. Fischer has appeared on soundtracks and continues to tour with The Rolling Stones and most recently appeared with trumpeter Chris Botti in 2011.