For as long as there have been audio devices that allow the owner to have playlists, I have had one titled Female Vocalists. Thise lists have been an ecelctic list of singer ranging from pop stars like Celine Dion, Gladys Knight and Carly Simon mixed with country stars like Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. Jazz singers Diana Krall and Matina McBride make it to the favorite lists, as do crossover artists like soprano Leslie Garrett. And I especially enjoy finding new, perhaps lesser known, Voices that are every bit as beautiful as my favorites. Or, or sometimes, old, lesser known voices that have performed in relative obscurity beneath my female vocalist radar.
Fertile ground for such performers was the 1999 documentary film, Twenty Feet from Stardom, which focused on long time backup singers whose voices we’d likely heard for years on recordings by stars but who, for a variety of reasons, never made it to the front of the stage themselves. One such voice is that of Lisa Fischer. Fischer had one hit single, How Can I Ease the Pain, which also won a Grammy and has toured with the Rolling Stones since 1989, so she’s hardly unknown. Yet once you hear her voice, you have to wonder why she hasn’t been a bigger star in your own right. This is a music video of her hit single:
This live performance of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven gives you an even better taste of her remarkable voice.
You can find much more of her on YouTube or even better, buy her recordings on Amazon. Enjoy and have a great weekend.