HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Lisa Gary is a versatile 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 getting involved in pop, funk, folk, r&b, and house music.
Lisa’s recent focus has been on her cross-over pop music. Her fans successfully funded her Kickstarter campaign for the creation of her debut album Goin’ Your Way, released in August 2019. She recorded with award winning, Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Rob Mounsey. Utilizing his extensive experience in pop and jazz, Mounsey helped to establish Lisa’s original sound. The album features an incredible band that includes Mounsey on keyboard and trumpet legend Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears), 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 Goin’ Your Way are “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Mercy Mercy Mercy”. “I’ll Be Seeing You” made it onto WBGO 88.3 Jazz’s radio station, dubbed “The Jazz Capitol of the Word”. The first single off the record, “Good Love”, was released along with a music video premiering on Vevo. Produced by The Motion Picture Company, the video holds a unique concept, as it was filmed from a dog’s perspective.
In addition to recording, Lisa has been busying crooning the venues of NYC and touring with Postmodern Jukebox. She made her debut with the world-famous band 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, with over a million views already. Regularly featured at Birdland, Lisa has sung with Jane Monheit, The Birdland Big Band, and The Birdland Jazz Quartet. She also leads shows at NYC venues such as The Plaza Hotel, The Lambs Club, The Iridium and the Bitter End as well as the Upstairs, House of Jazz, and Diese Onze in Montreal. Lisa also 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. She has had the honor to sing along with Billy Joel at one of her weekly New York residencies, where Joel has attended several performances.
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. 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 recorded vocals for Kathryn Crosby’s tune “Hot Time in the Town of Berlin”, singing one of the Andrew Sisters part and laying down the lead vocal for Crosby to learn. 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.
Lisa actively writes, performs, records and possesses the perpetual desire to explore new music and projects.