Recently, I was introduced to the magnificent voice of Lisa Fischer via the 2013 documentary, ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom.’ The film followed the lives of several backup singers as they worked with some of the world’s biggest stars, such as the Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, Beyonce and Chaka Khan.
Included, was unforgettable live footage of Fischer’s legendary duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,’ showcasing her virtuosity and vulnerability, and opening a window on her sometimes lonely life on the road.
With her band, Grand Baton, an organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, Lisa recently performed in Melbourne’s Recital Centre. Her soaring vocal agility, fascinating interplay of ‘duelling’ microphones to great effect and her warmth and humility made for a memorable evening. Don’t miss this wonderful woman when she returns, as I’m sure she will.