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Lisa Gay was born in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 1957 to a musical family. Lisa’s musical interests began at Coliseum Elementary School where she played the Cello, Ukulele, Auto Harp, Bells and sang in the school chorus.At Audubon Junior High School, Lisa sang first soprano in the choir and continued her singing at Hamilton High School in Madrigals. While attending Pitzer College, Lisa majored in Education and had the opportunity to sing in the Claremont College Choir. During her brief stay at Pitzer, she decided to pursue a singing career.
Her amateur experience (1975-1978) include working in the Black Circuit clubs of Los Angeles, performing as a soloist and background singer. From this experience, she was hired as a studio background singer with her first session being with Bass legend Chuck Rainey, Drummer James Gadson and the Late Keyboard and Arranger Richard Tee from the “Stuff Band”.

Within a few months she began her work as a background singer for Letta Mbulu of “Roots” soundtrack fame at A&M Records who on tour was at the time, opening act for Minnie Ripperton. After touring with the Letta, Lisa returned to the circuit clubs, recorded on sessions which included Joe Cocker and her 3 girl singing group, “Cool Ice”. In May, of 1978, Lisa went on tour with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., and remained with them until June 1981.

Lisa’s interest in music never waned: however, she developed (during a slow period) in the retail industry, where Lisa was in management at then J.W. Robinson’s, Nordstroms, Macy’s and Tommy Hilfiger where she wrote and helped to inspire and deliver company community relationships by spearheading jingles for special events and concerts to raise monies for Senior
Citizen groups and other company sponsored events. After being in retail management for over 15 years, reentered the musical field, full time once again, and in June 1996 executive produced her own demo with Guitarist Tony Drake and Violinist Mark Cargill as producers while forming what was to be “Lisa Gay and Thrill” the 9 piece band that would have the first performance (June 1998) at the popular “Downtown Mid-Day at Macy’s and return encore performance (November 1998) sponsored by Macy’s and K-BIG 104 Radio, Los Angeles.

The final recording project in November 2000, “Watch What Happens” launched the group on tour and since then has delivered “Lisa Gay and The Gentlemen of Thrill’s Living Room Show” sonic experience of Classic Soul/Jazz and Pop, into many venues, special events, concerts, political events , including the 2005 televised primary of now Mayor Antonio Villariagosa as head liner, and special performance for the Presidente of Cozumel for New Port Opening in Cozumel, Mexico. Along with non-profit events for AIDS , Seniors, Educational, and Environmental. Along with the stellar "Watch What Happens" CD, "Somewhere In My Lifetime" Tribute CD to Phyllis Hyman, and the Live Recording of "Favorite Things' Christmas CD have become internet favorites in the United States, Japan and in the Netherlands. Lisa has been a featured singer in AFTRA and Songwriter Showcases and is currently writing and arranging songs for the new fall 2009 CD release, “Life, Love & Music” while gearing up for, the 3RD Annual “The Real Jazz n’ Soul Festival” honoring Excellent Educators under Lisa’s “Mighty Three Production Company” also to be held later on this year and current performance schedule. Whether it’s Classic Soul, Jazz, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Country Western, Broadways Show Tunes, or her own compositions, Lisa’s smooth, sexy, yet powerful tones and riffs showcases a style which capture audiences everywhere backed up by the sonic sounds of the incredible “Gentlemen of Thrill” musicians which have included the best such as: Greg Cook, Charles Love, Tony Campodonico, Eddie "Gip" Noble, Lanny Hartley,Mikal R. Majeed (Keyboards),Jevonny "JV" Collier, Ricky "Wally" Taylor, Brad Bobo,John Hart, Kevin Brandon, Scott Cannady, Del Atkins (Bass), Paul Humphrey, James Gadson, Quentin Dennard, Kenny Elliott, Larry Washington, David Jackson (Drums), Louis Van Taylor, Charles Owens, David Patterson, Rodney Taylor (Saxophone/Woodwinds),Andrew Carney (Trumpet), Mike Daigeau (Trombone)
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LISA GAY joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2009