Lisa Fischer comes to Bryn Mawr for one night only
The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts series presents a one-night-only performance by two-time Grammy Award-winner Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton on Saturday at 8 p.m. in McPherson Theater Auditorium in Goodhart Hall.
A part of rock-n-roll history for her legendary live duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” Fischer was featured in the Oscar Award-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” showcasing her talent as backup singer for Tina Turner, Sting, Chaka Kahn and many others.
“That 2013 documentary changed the course of my life,” Fischer admits. “It earned me my second Grammy.”
The first was a Grammy for “How Can I Ease The Pain,” from her 1991 album “So Intense.” A major solo tour seemed inevitable, but she was too busy on the road backing her mentor, Luther Vandross, or The Rolling Stones to even give that a thought.
“But after my second Grammy for the documentary I made, I had the opportunity and the desire to start my own solo journey,” Fischer said. “I went back to what I felt safe and comfortable with. Then we put my band together and I’ve been touring for the last couple of years.”
Fischer said she always felt comfortable with music since she first stood and sang for her kindergarten class. Raised in Brooklyn and now living in New Jersey, she said music was — and still is — something she is drawn to.
“When I was young, I used to sit at home and listen to my parents’ records. There was a lot of Motown, which I really enjoyed. I also began listening to a lot of AM radio.”
“Today, when performing, I always listen to my gut and what feels right musically,” she continues. “And when I began performing I was always willing to sing anywhere — church, school, birthday parties. Anywhere.”
Today, her performances include a mix of many musical styles — from progressive rock, psychedelic soul and African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and more.
“As long as I’m singing I’m happy,” Fischer said. “Today I look at the music as being the lead singer rather than me being the lead. And that’s what seems to work best for me.”
Goodhart Hall Bryn Mawr College is located at 150 N. Merion Ave. in Bryn Mawr. For more information call (610) 526-5210.