HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Lisa Janine Gary is a versatile New York-based vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist. Her unique approach to singing blends the styles of her many musical influences. Finding music to be boundless, Lisa uses her voice to emote songs written in various styles. She inherited her musicality, rhythm, and love for music from her family dating back to her grandfather, a Hungarian classical pianist and her Grandmother, a modern dancer. In a musical household, Lisa grew up surrounded by her father’s passion for jazz and began studying classical trumpet under his wing when she was nine. She studied Jazz Voice at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance with the honor of Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Voice. After graduating, Lisa has continued her jazz career while exploring pop, funk, folk, r&b, and house music.

Lisa’s recent focus has been on honing her craft in the cross-over pop world. Her fans successfully funded her Kickstarter campaign for the creation of her debut album. She recorded with award winning, Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Rob Mounsey. Utilizing his extensive experience in pop and jazz, Mounsey helped to establish her original sound. The album features an incredible band that includes Mounsey on keyboard and trumpet legend Lew Soloff, who recently passed away. Soloff has been a supportive friend and mentor to Lisa and is responsible for bringing Lisa and Mounsey together. Soloff’s featured tracks on the album, “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, were released in March 2016 in honor of his birthday. The first single off the record, “Good Love”, was released along with a music video that was recently premiered by Vevo. Produced by The Motion Picture Company, the video holds a unique concept, as it was filmed from a dog’s perspective. More singles will be released leading up to the full 10-track album release!

Throughout her career Lisa has found success in various vocal competitions and performance platforms. Some of her accolades include being accepted into the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Lisa was one of 12 semi-finalists selected out of hundreds of submissions from 33 countries. She was also chosen out of a world-wide pool of applicants to be a semifinalist in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland. Regularly featured at Birdland, Lisa has sung with Jane Monheit and the Birdland Jazz Quartet. She also leads shows at NYC venues like the Kitano, Iridium, The Plaza Hotel, and the Bitter End as well as the Upstairs, House of Jazz, and Diese Onze in Montreal. In addition, Lisa performs for various private and corporate events. One of her recent event appearances include being the musical act for Hank Azaria’s Celebrity Poker Night. Lisa also has had the honor to sing along with Billy Joel at one of her weekly New York residencies, where Joel has attended 3 performances.

Most recently, Lisa made her debut with world-famous Postmodern Jukebox in one of their videos. As the featured singer, Lisa and PMJ covered the current pop hit “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King. Together they brought the tune back in time to the 1930s, interpreting it in the vintage style of Django Reinhardt. The video garnered hundreds of thousands of views in just a week and is continuing to go viral. Some of Lisa’s additional career highlights include performing the theme song for the Montreal Jazz Festival’s 30th edition DVD at a press release at Le Savoy Metropolis. She was a headliner for the 1st edition of La Fete De La Musique and sang live on air for Montreal’s top pop radio station, Q92.5. As a studio musician Lisa recorded vocal tracks for a CBC broadcast and recorded vocal tracks for several DJs and rap artists, two of which were released by Kult Records. She also recorded her original Vocalese on “All of Me” and “Basella” for her Jazz EP and performed on the program “All that Jazz” on the Bonnie D. Graham television show in New York. She actively writes, performs, records and possesses the perpetual desire to explore new music and projects.