Blending elements of jazz and pop, Lisa Hugo will mesmerize you with her soulful, emotion driven voice and lyrics and her stylistic piano playing.
Lisa's latest album It's Time presents upbeat tunes and thoughtful songs that uphold love and foster inner discovery. Her voice delivers every nuance and the members of her band make sure what she says is underlined but not overshadowed by the power of their own talent.
Born in Melbourne in 1969, Lisa discovered her passion for music at an early age. Encouraged by her musical family, she began piano lessons at the age of six. At the age of eight she sang her first solo to an audience of 400 people – for an eight year old, this was a very important experience.
Today, wherever she performs, she dazzles her audience. Lisa has a big voice which covers 3 octaves; she is also a trained pianist, actress and dancer. Her comprehensive training at the “Australian College of Entertainers” launched her into television, theater, and film, and made her a draw at high-end hotels in her country. In 1994, she headlined her own show on cruise ships and then recorded her first CD of her own songs called, Don't Let Go, a year later.
During the latter half of the 1990s, Lisa played 5-star hotels in the grand cities of Europe and Istanbul Turkey. When she settled in Hamburg, Germany, she recorded her second album, Natural, and played regularly in her solo act as well as with a band she formed called the Urban Pop Ensemble. In 2004, Lisa moved to Belgium where she taught voice and gigged with a new band called Lushlive.
In 2008 Lisa met up with Janos Bruneel (bass), Pieter Vandergooten (drums), and Dirk van der Linden (guitar and Hammond organ) who offered the instrumental support she wanted that complemented her songwriting, piano work and her voice. They provide the restrained backdrop for Lisa's new album, It's Time, which was recorded in Belgium in 2009. Today, Lisa is based in Dubai, UAE, where she is writing new music and coaching young voices, as well as gigging in the region and back in Europe.
Over the years Lisa has been a regular guest singer with the Royal Australian Airforce and Army Bands and the Brussels Concert Band. She has shared the stage with many top Australian performers been a regular performer on the television show “Good Morning Australia”. At the Dubai Jazz Festival 2009 Lisa hit the stage alongside James Blunt, John Legend, Incognito, Peter Cincotti and Liz Wright.
Some of the festivals/clubs/TV Shows Lisa has performed:
1. Dubai International Jazz Festival, featured artist, Dubai UAE
2. The Hopper, Antwerp, Belgium
3. De Roode Leeuw, Brasschaat, Belgium
4. AB Brussels, together with the Brussels Concert Band, Brussels, Belgium
5. Good Morning Australia, TV, Australia
6. Melbourne Concert Hall, together with the Royal Australian Airforce band, Melbourne, Australia
7. Atlantic Hotel, featured performer, Hamburg, Germany