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Storied backup singer Lisa Fischer on claiming centre stage

After being featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, Lisa Fischer — a touring member of the Stones — is ready to roll on her own.

Lisa Fischer has sung backup for musical greats like The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and more — but her own magnetism got her featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom.

In an interview from the best of q, the talented vocalist joins Shad to discuss going solo, and how it feels to step into the spotlight after years of boosting other people's work.

After being featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, Lisa Fischer — a touring member of the Stones — is ready to roll on her own. (Ben Shannon, CBC / Background:Dan Brady, Flickr)

WEB EXTRA | Fischer's infectious energy probably whetted your appetite for visual aids. Here are three songs mentioned in the interview.  

Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

She's spent years touring with the likes of Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and many more — but Gimme Shelter stands out. "Anytime I get to do this song with [The Rolling Stones] is a gift."

Lisa Fischer: Only Love

Praying for the phone to ring in 1984 forms the background of this song. At the time she had no inkling as to how her career would turn out.

 

Lisa Fischer: How Can I Ease the Pain?

With this song, Fischer tied with Patti LaBelle at the Grammys. After getting her record deal, Fischer chose to set aside an uptempo song for one she heard the producer tinkering with. "If I had not followed that moment, this song would not have existed."

 

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