Award-winning backup vocalist Lisa Fischer takes the spotlight
Fischer has been heralded as one of the great voices of her age
An award-winning powerhouse vocalist who's shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Nine Inch Nails, Luther Vandross, Chris Botti and Sting is set to perform at Saint John's Imperial Theatre Nov. 11.
She even co-starred in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which celebrates the often-overlooked contributions of minority women backup singers in American music.
Fischer has largely managed to skirt the spotlight. Now, she's the star of the show — with her own backup trio, Grand Baton.
I wanted them to know that I was listening, that I was there for them, and to be a thread in weaving what they create.- Backup vocalist Lisa Fischer
The Brooklyn-born singer had a challenging early life.
When she was a little girl, her mother passed away due to complications from epilepsy: after that, she and her siblings "scattered," and she discovered her love of music.
"I wouldn't stop singing," she said. "I fell in love with that then."
Part of the magic
Although Fischer is currently focusing on solo work, she counts it as a blessing to have shared the stage with some of the best-known musicians of the age.
When asked what she hoped to contribute with stadium stars like The Rolling Stones, she answered, "my best."
"I wanted them to know that I was listening, that I was there for them, and to be a thread in weaving what they create," she said.
As a backup vocalist, she says, the point is to allow the star of the show to "fly and be the best that they can be."
Fischer will fly on her own at her upcoming appearance in Saint John.
Her solo shows trace the record of "her life, basically" as an artist, including some of her better-known collaborations, covers of well-known artists like Led Zeppelin and Willie Nelson, as well as progressive rock, psychedelic soul, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences.
'A timeless moment'
As she takes centre stage, she says, "my perspective is enhanced: I'm not thinking of myself. It's more about being in the music.
"It's about bridging the music and the audience together," she said. "It's a timeless moment that will never happen again in the same way."
Lisa Fischer will perform at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John on Fri. Nov. 11, 2016 at 8 p.m.
with files from Information Morning Saint John