Elisa Fiorillo grew up in the soulful city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. That might explain why she sings with so much soul or it could be her Italian/Irish/Cherokee Indian background. Her parents and her grandmother were very musical. Her father Alexander Fiorillo is a concert pianist who studied with Vladimir Horowitz and has been a professor of music at Temple University for over 40 years. Music was always a major part of her every day life. The music inspired her to start her career early on singing on a local television talent show for children. At 11 years old she got her first paying gig opening up for Blues Singer Linda Hopkins at the legendary blues club "Sweetwaters Cafe" in NYC. She went on to start auditioning in New York City for theater/commercials. At the age of 15 she was on Broadway performing in a musical production of "The Three Musketeers". At age 16 when her parents divorced, she started to write songs as a theraputic way to get through the turmoil.
After winning Star Search in 1985, she went on to release three albums with Chrysalis Records which landed her on the Billboard charts with a #1 Dance hit "Who Found Who" that she recorded with Record Producer Jellybean Benitez. On her 2nd album, "I AM" the song she co-wrote with Prince titled "On The Way Up" charted in the Top 40 (#26).
Elisa has worked with: Prince, Jellybean Benitez, Savage Garden, Dave Koz, La Toya Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, David Cassidy and Billie Myers just to name a few. She also received the award for Best New Artist at the Tokyo Music Festival in Japan in 1989 for her self titled debut album on Chrysalis. Her perfect pitch and ability to sing many different styles of music has given her the opportunity to sing on many commercials and jingles including: CBS, Planet Reebok, Hawaiian Punch, Dunkin Hines, Fox TV, Aquafresh and many others.
After having a career in the pop/dance world, Elisa turned her musical taste and interest towards singing and writing Jazz. In 2002 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, Elisa was chosen as the opening act for the late great Nina Simone. She received rave reviews and decided to continue down the road of be-bop and standards. While she was pregnant with her one and only child Olivia, she collaborated with longtime friend and producer Nyalle Iameh to produce her first jazz album. The album titled "Labor Of Love" features a song about being pregnant called "Bun In The Oven" and has received wonderful recognition and praise in the Jazz community. Elisa wrote all of the songs on the album except for one cover of "All The Way". It can be purchased through I-Tunes, on her website www.elisafiorillo.com or at Cd Baby.com.
After releasing her album "Labor Of Love", Elisa got the best phone call of her life - from Prince. Over 20 years had passed, but that didnt stop him from remembering her talent and asking her to join his band - the New Power Generation. Since that call, Elisa performed all over the world with Prince and the NPG. When she wasn't busy performing with Prince, she was at home working on songwriting and putting music together to perform with her favorite band in Las Vegas- The Bruce Harper Big Band. Singing songs from the Great American Songbook-she has truly found her passion and it is finally in the right place. "Singing with The Bruce Harper Big Band is exactly where I belong." Before Prince passed unexpectedly- he told Elisa to keep on writing her songs (he was a big fan of "Share It With You", "Lollypop Ice Cream" from The Dease & Reese Project and a song called "This Old House Of Mine" & "Staring Back At You.") He also told her to join a Big Band and that is exactly what she did.