Saturday, May 10, 2008

Elisa Fiorillo

Elisa Fiorillo (born on February 28, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female pop singer from the 80s & 90s.

Elisa's father was a classical pianist, she has 3 brothers and is a graduate of Garden Grove High School. When she was 15 years old, she won on "Star Search" in 1983.

In 1987, Elisa signed to Chrysalis Records. She was featured on the "Summer School" movie soundtrack with the song, "Jackie." Her appearance on the soundtrack attracted the attention of musician\producer John "Jellybean" Benitez, who asked her to be the lead singer on two songs on his 1987 album, "Just Visiting This Planet."

The song from Jellybean's album, "Who Found Who" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
During that same year, Elisa released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #163 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her first single, "How Can I Forget You" peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1988 and #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1988.
The second single from the album, "Forgive Me For Dreaming" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1988.
The third single, "You Don't Know" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in October of 1988. The last two singles from the album "Do Something Foolish" and "Little Too Good For Me" failed to make the charts at all.
In 1990, Elisa released her second album, "I Am" which was recorded at Prince's Paisley Park recording studio. The album was also produced and written by Prince. It's unknown how or if the album charted at all.
The single, "On the Way Up" became Elisa's most successful solo single to date, peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 1991 and #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1990.

The follow-up single, "Oooh This I Need" peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1991, making it her last appearance on the Hot 100 to date.
After that, Elisa's solo career took a backseat while she did backup vocals for many artists such as Billie Meyers, Savage Garden and Prince. In 2001, she released her fourth album, "Undecided."
In 2002, Elisa released her fourth album, "Teach Me Tonight" in Japan. It's unknown how successful the album was.

In 2007, Elisa released a jazz album, "Labour of Love" and an independent country album, "Light That Shines" under the name "E.J. Dease" in 2008. (which are available to buy on her website or on CD Baby).
In 2010, Elisa and former pop singer, Dino Esposito released the album, "Songs from The Fiorillo & Esposito Catalog" which is available on CDBaby.

These days, Elisa is married to Michael Dease and has a daughter named Olivia. She is currently a backing vocalist for Prince's band and continues to release new music.

To see Elisa's official webpage, go to:
http://www.elisafiorillo.com/

To see Elisa's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/elisa.fiorillodease

To follow Elisa on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/Efakaezd

To see the music video for "How Can I Forget You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVF69eBWEsI

To the music video for "On the Way Up," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfeSBJ11dAY

To see a video of Elisa performing "Forgive Me for Dreaming" live, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoEgM7npxuU

To see a fan-made video for "Ooh This I Need," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PSLU3jHN0k

To see the music video for "Who Found Who" by Jellybean and Elisa, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48xAiHUeX8o

As a bonus, here's a video of Elisa's appearance on "Star Search" when she was only 15 years old. To see it, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNabO5r1oGM

[Updated on 04\21\2016]



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