Saturday, May 10, 2008
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.
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 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.
In 2002, Elisa released her fourth album, "Teach Me Tonight" in Japan. It's unknown how successful the album was.
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:
To see Elisa's official Facebook page, go to:
To follow Elisa on Twitter, go to:
To see the music video for "How Can I Forget You," go to:
To the music video for "On the Way Up," go to:
To see a video of Elisa performing "Forgive Me for Dreaming" live, go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Ooh This I Need," go to:
To see the music video for "Who Found Who" by Jellybean and Elisa, go to:
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:
[Updated on 04\21\2016]