"I have recorded with Joany Copeland, and have known Shemekia Copeland since she was a lttle girl, when I was on the rooad with her father. I've got to tell you the best female blues vocalist to come along since Shemekia is without a doubt, Lisa Chavous," according to the late jazz and blues sax great, Byard Lancaster, a frequent collaborator, and the man who discovered Kevin Eubanks, the Roots, and Stanley Clark.
Indeed. Lisa ia frequently compared to Tina Turner, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, and Irma Thomas, who along with Bilie Holiday and Mahalia Jacksonon are among her primary musical influences. She a been singing in church and performing in shows since she was 5 in a career that encompasses jazzs, blues, soul, gospel and rock. Lisa sees her diverse musical back ground as a way to bring people together, and a way to connect with any and all audiences.
Lisa Chavous was born and raised in Sharon Hill, in suburban Philadelphia, and she began singing in local church choirs and family gatherings at the age of five. In 1989 she began performing with the group Chapter One in banquet halls such as The Twelve Caesars and the Riviera Ballroom. In 1997 Lisa won first prize while competing in the Temple University jazz station talent contest sponsored by B&V outreach. In 1999 she began forming bands that performed for a variety of audiences. These ensembles eventually became known as Lisa Chavous and Friends. Lisa has performed with them in, restaurants, ballrooms, country clubs, and other major venues in southeastern Pennsylvania. Lisa has performed with jazz greats Byard Lancaster, Odean Pope, Trudy Pitts, Pat Martino, Jimmy McGriff and Bootsie Barnes, and is regularly backed by former members of Patti LaBelle’s band, as well as by Don Evans, former guitarist for Billy Joel. Lisa, who is a nurse, has also donated her talents at a variety of functions that benefit children’s organizations supporting research for multiple sclerosis and the anti-AIDS foundation. Lisa’s most recent concert performances have been the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival and the Palmyra, NJ County Festival and she can be frequently found at Stephen’s Prime in Media, PA. Lisa’s forte is her great versatility in singing jazz, blues, and rhythm & blues, all with tons of soul that projects her sincere love and devotion to her music and that creates powerful audience attraction and response.