A Refreshing Voice for a Soulful Appetite…
It only takes one note. One bar. One song. And you’ll be hooked!
That’s all it took for Hidden Beach Recordings CEO Steve McKeever, who launched the career of Grammy Award winner Jill Scott, to sign the next game-changing voice. Music fans first heard Fisher’s spellbinding voice for themselves on that song, the now Grammy-nominated “I.R.S.,” when it was played on Stevie Wonder’s KJLH-FM radio in Los Angeles June 2014.
“I.R.S.” embodies a subject everyone can relate to: struggling to make ends meet. But in Fisher’s hands, the topic takes on a new meaning as her gritty, throbbing vocals wrenchingly etch the challenges many of us face on a daily basis. “2000 bucks would save my life,” Fisher belts out against a spare, bluesy R&B track written by B. Slade and produced by Ro and Sauce from the hit-making R&B group Somethin’ for the People.
Then: “200 bucks would ease the pain / The I.R.S. is on my case / But I refuse to let them make me go insane.” Calling to mind such signature voices as Etta James and Janis Joplin, Fisher saves the best for last when she effortlessly sustains a high note at song’s end that must be heard to be believed. It’s like catching lightning in a bottle.
Fisher promises there’s more to come on her upcoming EP, Searching, targeted for Q4 ’16, although she introduced two songs in 2015 to continue the buzz.
“I have a whole lot to say through soulful music that comes from my heart,” she says. “I want people to feel everything I sing.” She holds true to promise, following “I.R.S.” with an onslaught of hits that make it hard to choose only one favorite. On Searching, the jazzy, co-penned “Hide & Seek” (w/BSlade – “I.R.S.”) keeps you swaying, with each harmonious shift, including the count down in a quest for her prospective love.
“1-2-3, I know you’re hiding from me. 3-4-5, can’t get you off my mind.” And this is only the beginning.
As the tempo builds, “I’m Queen,” written by Kaye Fox (Kanye, Nas, Common, J Cole, Big Sean & Rick Ross), erases the memory of the vocals delivered by the same woman who helped you feel the agony of the I.R.S. Fisher takes the listener on a funky musical ride with stellar vocals staggering between soaring above the clouds to a raspy growl on “You Got Me,” produced by chart-topping producer Osinachi and “I’m Queen,” produced by Grammy-award nominated producer Terry Hunter (Jennifer Hudson & R.Kelly’s “It’s Your World”).
“Queen” can arguably become one of the female anthems of 2016-17 with boldly-declared lyrics, “It ain’t about money, ‘cause I don’t care what you’ve earned. Can you look past these hips and thighs and see what I’m really worth. I’m queen, act like you know it…”
With Fisher, her vocal prowess and versatility make it difficult for listeners to get too comfortable with the notion that her sound is always recognizable. Each song is an effective part of a musical narrative that only she can claim.
Like the 2014 Oscar-Award-winning documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom,” Fisher (“I cried in the back of the theater watching that film”) has built a sterling reputation as an in-demand session and background vocalist. The five-octave singer has done studio sessions with an industry who’s who, including Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Robin Thicke, Josh Groban and Kirk Franklin. In addition to Clarkson, she’s toured with Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster (Whitney Houston), Chaka Khan and Lalah Hathaway.
Fisher honed her skillful delivery at an early age. The Pasadena, Calif. native’s natural talent first came to light at the tender age of four, when she was found in the closet singing a song while trying on her mother’s shoes. With a childhood influenced by such icons as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, D’Angelo and The Clark Sisters, Fisher began singing professionally at 14.
That’s when she was chosen to join All God’s Children, the touring children’s choir created by renowned producer Lou Adler (Carole King, Sam Cooke). But it wasn’t until a Bank of America supervisor threatened to fire Fisher from her accounts manager day job that she became serious about pursuing a singing career.
“After performing at a company outing,” she recalls, “my boss told me, ‘you have an amazing voice. If you don’t leave and give your two-week notice, I’m going to fire you.’ That made me decide, ‘OK, let me try it and see.’” And Fisher hasn’t worked 9-5 in 13 years.
Her three-year stint with All God’s Children helped open the doors to studio and backing vocal gigs. And word spread from there, sparking invitations as well to accompany performers on such television shows as “Good Morning America,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The View,” American Idol” and “Saturday Night Live.”
There’s no higher praise than when fellow singers co-sign your talent. And over the years, Fisher has garnered the respect of many of her peers. “Angie Fisher is exceptional,” says Grammy Award-winning singer Lalah Hathaway. “Not only because she’s such a great singer but also because her work ethic and disposition set her apart from most.”
Beginning late September 2016, Fisher will play a major part in the forthcoming “Love Jones: The Musical,’ the first time a theatrical production has been developed for one of the favorite films in urban culture. Alongside Marsha Ambrosius, Raheim DeVaughn, MC Lyte, Chrisette Michelle and Musiq Soulchild, she will play the role of Josie Nichols, originally performed in the movie by Lisa Nicole Carson. Through December, the country will see her display acting chops and hear her signature tune, “I.R.S.” on a theatrical stage, for the first time.
With the performance in “Love Jones” and the launch of Searching, it’ll soon be Fisher’s turn to take the 21st foot from the background to center stage. The world needs to get ready for Angie Fisher, a talent and voice with which to be reckoned for many years to come.
“I have a unique sound that makes people pay attention,” declares Fisher. “And I have a story to tell.”