Q and A with Lisa Fischer

Post by Thandie.


Lisa_Fischer_with_micThe divine Ms Fischer is one of the radiant stars in the brilliant documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom’, which is all set to win this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary (you read it here at ThandieKay!). The wisdom and grace falling from the mouths of the stars (‘backing singers’ Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Tata Vega, Judith Hill…) speaks volumes about the mercurial culture of celebrity. It’s jaw-dropping viewing, and an absolute must-see for anyone wanting to shine their light in the dark tunnel of show business.

Lisa Fischer’s depth, compassion and sensitivity combined with her sky splitting voice, blew my mind. I contacted her on Twitter and she agreed to share our Q and A with you.

Lisa regularly sings in Sting‘s band, tours with the Rolling Stones (Lisa sings the throat shredding solo in ‘Gimme Shelter’ – made famous by Merry Clayton who recorded the original – ooh lady there’s a  scene in the film where you see Merry hear the playback to her solo while she remembers recording the song decades before; at 2am, wearing a fur coat, hair in curlers and in her last trimester of pregnancy!).

Make sure you see the movie (released on DVD and Blu Ray earlier this month), and revel in the awesome power of these artists- their voices and their journeys. As Merry Clayton says in the doc “Stay Cool, Stay Humble, Stay Beautiful.”




Q and A

 1. What is your earliest beauty memory?

Watching my Mom in the bathroom styling her hair and applying her makeup which was very minimal (a black kohl eye pencil and red lipstick.)

What I loved about that was the time she took with just those 3 things, very focused and calm… in anticipation of my father coming home from work.

2. I feel most beautiful when…….LisaFischerHeadshot

I take off my makeup and wash my face. It’s that moment when my skin is saying, “aaaaaah”!

3. When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?

My Mom would straighten and set her hair in curlers during the day, wash her face with ivory soap and then moisturize. I’m sure she had some lotions and potions but none that stick out in my mind. She was a natural beauty to me.

4 Is make-up a chore or a delight?

A delight! It’s my Zen when I make sure that I have enough time to enjoy it.

I’ll come in and lay out my things, light a candle, play some music and start the subtle transformation according to what the occasion is.

 5. Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?

With a lingering look and a gentle smile. When my Dad would come home from work, my Mom was always beautiful and dinner would be ready. Mom would open the door and they would embrace and kiss.

 6. What’s been your worst beauty mishap (or simply a memorable one)?

Allowing someone at a hotel salon to wax my eyebrows and lip before a show…

I looked CRAZY! My skin was so unhappy… red and irritated. The poor woman put too much wax on the brow and I was left with a thin line of hair…Oh the horror… Note to self: NEVER wax your face on a show night.


Lisa on stage with The Stones


Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones


Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones

Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones

7. If you could give one beauty gift what would it be?

A gentle cleanser

8. What’s the craziest place you’ve ever done your make-up in?

In a moving van on the way to a show that I was late for!

9. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?

I would love to see more organic makeup lines that are competitive with the mass market.

10. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?

It was years ago at an outdoor show. I was so green then, I didn’t realize that you could purchase waterproof mascara…

Follow Lisa on twitter here1. LisaFischerHeadshot2 and see her website




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  1. sepia865

    Is she the same artist who sang “How Can I Ease The Pain” back in the day? I have that song in my iPod…can’t hit any of those notes but I try. Gorgeous, talented lady.

    February 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

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    1. thandiekay

      Yes that’s right, from 1991.

      February 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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  3. Jan Edvinsson

    I like the live performance of ” How Can I Ease The Pain ” in Japan, very much…to be able to see her perform…so much difficulties in the singing an´ hitting the tones so rightly and with such emotion …almost unbelievable…you know live is only one take. I´m getting to know here more and more lately through media. One year ago I had not even heard about her, very strange, because I have many musician friends that is updated I thought. Shame on us! but I´m catching up quickly now…hoping her name will be spred more, she´s so worthy.

    February 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

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