Lisa is a versatile singer with a love for many styles of music - rock, pop, disco, funk, country, blues, swing and jazz. She has lived and performed all over the world mainly in the USA, UK and Australia with an American/British/Aussie accent to prove it, singing in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in the American Midwest near the Mississippi River and Route 66. She was introduced to jazz when her professional career began at the age of 10 in the children’s musical group, The Futures of America. They performed jazz and patriotic songs, while wearing red, white and blue polyester uniforms with matching white patent leather shoes, photos of which are under lock and key!
In her teens and 20s she was a member of several rock and function bands in the USA with her early musical influences being Pat Benetar, Stevie Nicks, Ann Wilson, Chrissie Hyde, Annie Lennox and Blondie.
After moving to the UK she joined eclectic London rock band, The Talking Strawberries and spent 8 years singing everything from Patti Labelle, Amy Winehouse, Koko Taylor and Janis Joplin to Brian Auger, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and AC/DC.
Her heart never strayed far from her musical roots, so she formed the Lisa Finn Powell jazz band and rekindled her love affair with some of the greats - Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday and Sarah Vaughn, playing at the likes of the Dover Street Wine and Jazz Bar. She also began performing in big swing bands in London including the Vince Dunn Orchestra.
During this time she became the vocal coach for Felix’s School of Rock teaching adults and children how to look after their voices. She trained as a choral conductor and went on to lead Felix’s Rock Choir and other choirs and singing groups in London and Sydney. She is currently the director of a new group in the Blue Mountains called the Altitude Singers.
She moved to Australia a few years ago and quickly connected with the Blue Mountains scene.
She got her first gig before she even had a band and that’s how she met Karl Javernig and Marty Cook, literally at the gig. The night went swimmingly. They got along famously. And that, as they say, is history.