Rejina's "Gossip Fix" - Grammy Award Winner Lisa Fischer Returns for Solo Career

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/22/2015, 1:28 p.m.
After years of singing back-up for the likes of Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Mick Jagger, ...
Lisa Fischer

After years of singing back-up for the likes of Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Mick Jagger, powerhouse vocalist Lisa Fischer is quietly staging a return to the solo spotlight. The Brooklyn-reared, Grammy Award-winning chanteuse is slowly getting her groove back. Fresh off a string of six sold-out shows at The Jazz Standard earlier this month, Fischer is carefully revisiting the career she gave up shortly after snagging the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (an honor shared with LaBelle as a result of a tie). Fischer, one of the singers profiled in the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom,” said she was “extremely humbled and thankful” for the support of an audience that has always rallied behind her.

The singer — who had an R&B chart-topper with the 1991 hit “How Can I Ease The Pain” — said she experienced both “fear and excitement” while performing her first New York City solo appearances in more than two decades. The Jazz Standard gig was timed to coincide with the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, a networking event for thousands of artists, managers and agents. She dazzled during her sets at the Jazz Standard, reinterpreting songs by Amy Grant, Robert Palmer and the Rolling Stones (with whom she toured last year). She breathed new life into her own rearranged hit, using effects to create the sense of several vocalists onstage alongside her Asked whether she planned to record any new solo music, Fischer played it coy, saying only that, “It’s stewing in there somewhere.” For now, she’ll tour for a few months, performing sets in Washington, Boston and Seattle. She’ll be back in New York on Feb. 5, opening for British jazz singer Jamie Cullum at the Beacon Theatre.

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