What would you do differently to what you do now?
If I were not a singer, I believe I would be a nurse or a language interpreter.
Who inspires you and why?
Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. Luther Vandross was an amazing inspiration with his eye for detail and his openness of heart when he sang. Chaka Khan is an inspiration of strength, power and pure fire in her singing. The Rolling Stones as a whole are an inspiration in freedom and electricity in live performances and on recordings.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I remember and old TV commercial by Memorex that featured the late great Ella Fitzgerald. Her voice was recorded on memorex tape and the power of her sound broke a glass. The vision of that always stuck with me. I wish to use sound vibration of melody, harmony and rhythm in a way that becomes a sort of prescription to heal the ills of the world.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Coming home always feels like a mini holiday to me. I guess because I’m on the road so often.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
South Street Seaport (NYC). I love the views and being near the water. Great restaurants and a bit of shopping.
What are you currently reading?
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
What are you currently listening to?
Being able to take a breath, and another and another. Making the most of the gifts you’ve been given. Happiness is to love life.
What does the future hold for you?
I never know really. My hope is that I continue to sing, perform and record live. Perhaps work on a couple of different recorded projects at one time.
Lisa joins forces with Caribbean jazz rock fusion band Grand Baton to transform soulful originals and recast rock anthems at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday 5 June as part of the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. For more information, visit: www.melbournejazz.com for details.
Image: Ms. Lisa Fischer – photo by Edward Gadjel