Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Introducing the Mysterious Guitar Player...

So I stumbled upon a wonderfully talented guitar player thanks to my friend/producer Jeff Silverman that I've known for so many years. 
He suggested I check out this 20 year old Berkley Student from Virginia. 
So we scheduled a little trip for him to fly to Vegas. 
He actually flew in from Nashville because he just recently set up shop there....but anyway...

We ended up having a week long writing session and realized that 
we 'SHARE' a lot of stuff in common. For instance....

* We both love Chipotle (I nicknamed him the mysterious burrito man). 
* We both love to mix up R&B, Pop and Jazz styles when we write songs.
* We both have hazel colored eyes.
* We both love music.
* We both have a good sense of humor...even if we are the only one's who think we're funny.
* We both have last names that rhyme with the word 'LEASE'. 
 While he was in Vegas I sat down and played him my recent release of "Share It With You" and he started to play some stuff on the guitar that just blew me away! So we thought-"why not re-release 'Share It With You'-and do a remix version?" No sooner did we think of the idea-it all started to come together with the help of our wonderful producer Jeff Silverman Palette Music Productions in Nashville-or as we like to call him "Mr. Silverman". 
I can't wait for you all to hear how great it is sounding. 
I've decided that November 1st is going to be the release date and we have other surprises up our sleeves to reveal as it gets closer. So stay tuned. The mysterious guitar player will be revealed soon...
Burrito. (inside joke)
Luv Elisa

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Magazine and Music from Elisa Fiorillo

Forgot to blog about my feature in Daeida magazine...
While on the road in LA last year, I had the opportunity to interview and do a photo shoot for a great magazine called Daeida. Doing such an in depth interview-was somewhat of a release for me spiritually. There were a lot of things that happened in my career and my life that I really wanted to share with everyone. It's kind of "long"... ;o) but read it anyway! Just go to:   It's the March issue 2012 that features Mary Wilson on the cover. 

Back in Australia!!!

Hello all! It's been a while since my last blog and I apologize for that-but I've been a busy busy bee! After the Canada tour ended-I got to work on my new single "Share It With You" that will officially be released on May 19th, 2012. It's a very special month for me. Particularly that day. Because it is my 10 year wedding anniversary to my dear husband Michael. I thought that because the song is about him-it was only obvious to release it "for him" on our special day. So stay tuned for that! The other thing that happened was I filmed a video for the song! Thanks to my friend Richard Hallmarq/clothing designer. He put together a team for me to go to San Francisco to shoot a video for the song. I hadn't shot a video in over 20 years so it was a little bit like getting on an old bike and riding it again! I had a blast! Adrian Soto directed the video and did a wonderful job! I had some very good friends Dan and David come to the shoot as well as my BFF from 5th grade-Sally (who moved to Vegas while I was in Canada and now I have my BFF close by to me again-it's awesome!!!!) We shot two days and got some great footage. Can't wait to see the final edit and share it with all of you! So let's see...the other thing I've been doing is getting ready for the Australian tour! I just arrived in Sydney yesterday and I'm trying to figure out how to catch up on the time thing! Today the girls and I may venture out to the zoo to catch a Koala and Kangaroo! Excited about that! I got up extra early and had a great work out with Liv (both yesterday and today!) Getting ready for some serious shows! Can't wait to get up on stage and get my dance and sing on! Was walking around yesterday in the park and saw the most awesome fox/bat things hanging upside down in the trees! Freaky! Like flying monkey's in the wizard of oz! But it was such a beautiful day-Australia is such a beautiful country-and we all feel so blessed to be able to travel the world-do what we love to do-and get to see so many things. God has definitely blessed us and we all know it. He also blessed me with having the best boss in the world. Not only because he is the most talented man in existence, but because he is such a wonderful teacher. I never thought I could learn so much in my older years as I am learning...just goes to show you that you never stop growing and learning in life. So thank you Prince. Thank you NPG for all being so talented and wonderful human beings. I couldn't ask for a better family to come to when I'm not with my family at home. Speaking of my family at home, Olivia has her first school play on the 15th. She is playing a ladybug! Don't worry-Daddy is gonna tape it for me so I can see. I'm a little sad that I won't be there, but Olivia understands and is not upset cause at least Daddy will be there and all of our friends. I will also be missing my Mothers Day with her-but it's just a day. I can make up for it when I get back home just in time for her Kindergarten graduation on June 7th! So proud of my little girl (who is now 6!!!) She is singing and dancing up a storm (uh oh) and has a dance recital on the 23rd of June that I'm excited to be home for. She is dancing in two dances and the costumes are ridiculously cute! So glad to be back in Australia mates!!! Last time I was here was when I was singing for Savage Garden. I'm gonna be able to see the bass player, Lee Novak and the drummer, Karl Lewis while I'm here! So excited to see them after so many years. Last time I was here it was for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. That was a fun night! I'll never forget! But now it's time to make purple funky music and turn Australia into Funkstralia! See u at the shows!!!! Luv, Elisa

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome 2 Canada Tour 2011

Back on the road with Prince and the NPG for the Welcome To Canada tour. I love this band. Everyone is so talented. Liv and Shelby are my singing soul sisters- Cassie is a multi-tasking genius on the keys and vocals- Ida is the sweetest funkiest bass player I know-Morris is such a gentleman and also a very talented cat-John Blackwell is a beast on the drums. Andy Allo is the newest member of the NPG. She has such a fun personality on stage and is a great singer/songwriter. You'll hear more from her next year.....I'm telling you-it is an honor playing with these musicians. Every night we go on stage- it's a new show. It never gets old because it's always spontaneous and fun-as it should be. Prince is mind boggling-in a good way. His many talents-his songs-his arrangements- his moves- his charisma- everything just blows me away. He is the teacher and we are his pupils. Learning from his example and growing in so many ways as musicians and human beings. I feel so very blessed. Mind you...I need to find the time to sleep as much as possible when singing soprano parts ;o) With my thyroid condition, it is very important for me to rest because I can become hoarse very quickly. It stinks but it's true. I know my body better than anyone and I know my limitations and my strengths. It's been hard to find time to go to the gym and sleep enough-but the workout on stage is keeping my weight off-for now. I need to find the time to do it all-because it's very easy for the weight to creep back and get me and that scares me. I never want to go back to feeling unhealthy and out of shape again. I feel so much better and more confident on stage now that I've lost the weight. I still want to lose another 10-15 pounds but it's very hard to eat the right things on the road because the schedule fluctuates so much. The routine-is not a set in stone routine making it very difficult to stay on a path. So when I get on stage- I work it out! Hopefully I won't work it out so much that I fall off the stage cause it can get pretty scary up there! It's high off the ground and there are some narrow areas we dance on at times. The klutz in me freaks out and trys to hide it! The shows have been awesome and the audiences even better! I got to sing a solo of the Beatles "Yesterday" on the very first show and it was so much fun. I hope I get to do it again!!! Only 15 days till I see my baby girl and hubby. We've been skyping and I've been sending her little gifts here and there to help her get through mommy being gone. Now that she's getting older, I think it's getting a little harder for her to see me gone. Breaks my heart when I see her being sad...but the reality is that even if I was at home, I would still need to work and work would take me away from her at home too. Gone are the days where one parent works and the other stays at home. I think it's sad that it isn't like that anymore. It is what it is and guess what...mommy is so happy doing what she loves to do. I think she gets it now cause I told her very honestly that mommy loves her more than anything in this world but if mommy had to work-this is the one job mommy would want to do most of all. She smiled and said she understood :o) She's such a little sweetheart. Looking forward to Christmas with my family...and after Christmas up until New Years with my Dad, my brother Billy, my brother Bobby and his son Alex (my nephew) and my brother Jimmy, his wife Rachel and their two kids Sofia and Evan (my niece and nephew). Olivia is so excited to see her cousins and I'm so excited to have all of my family together again in the same room. It hasn't happened in such a long time so it will be extra special this year. Making the holidays absolutely perfect for me. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. All the blessings and good health and love you deserve to have in your life.
Take care and God bless.
Luv, Elisa

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

French French Heels....

Re-cap of the show...I did the very first song I ever learned how to sing "French Heels". Such a fun little song from the B side of the Debbie Reynolds hit "Tammy". Reminds me of my youth. Dressing up in my mothers clothes, high heels and make up. From there we did a bunch of new songs by Blossom Dearie (she is awesome-check her out)...some great old standards by Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn and of course good ole blue eyes Frank Sinatra with "All The Way". Then we broke into new territory doing some original songs from my cd "Labor Of Love" which is available on CD Baby or I Tunes if you haven't picked up a copy-please do. I also sang a brand new song called "Share It With You" that I'm currently in the studio recording to release on my website in the next couple of months or so. That song was a crowd favorite and I'm very happy that everyone loves the song as much as I do! It's a song that is very close to my heart.
Steamers Jazz Cafe was swinging on Friday night! Had a wonderful audience and even viewers that watched online at the streaming show! All the way from Australia to the Netherlands! Thanks for tuning in and being so supportive! A little back story about my story with Tony. When I got out of the music business after my last record deal with A&M went sour, I had moved back to Philadelphia to get grounded again. After 2 years of living the simple life-which included getting a real job for the first time in my life-I got very bored. I moved back to California and I didn't know who to call to find some work singing. So believe it or not-I looked in the phone book! I found an ad for a booking agency for musicians. So I called and spoke to a woman who basically said they didn't book singers-just bands. So after she hung up on me-I called her back and I said "Hey there. I sang with Jellybean Benitez and had a hit in the late 80's and then I worked with Prince and had a Billboard charting single called "On The Way Up" in the early 90's." After that, she heard me out. I told her I was interested in trying out Jazz. Her husband (at the time) she said was a jazz trumpet player and that he was doing a gig at a place called Kikuya in Huntington Beach, CA. that evening and she told me I should go to the club and sit in with him and his band. (I think it was his birthday actually...which is crazy that we did this gig this past week and it was the same week as his birthday!) Well that man was Tony Guerrero. After I sang "Summertime" with his band-the rest was history. I continued singing with him on numerous occasions-KSBR Jazz shows....learning jazz from him and all the wonderful musicians he would call for the gigs. From Bill Cantos to Rob Mullins to Marc Le Brun...Greg Vail to Eric Marienthal...Evan Stone to Matt Johnson...Osama Afifi to Bruce Lett. So many music lessons from all the great musicians in California that made me a much better singer. Come to find out Tony was also a big Prince fan-so I think that's why his wife gave me a shot!!! HA! Thank god I didn't let him down and that he saw something in me that kept my chops alive. It had been over 10 years since our last gig together! Singing with Tony Guerrero again after so many years-was such a blast for me. Matt Johnson was amazing on the drums and also extremely funny :o) The sax player Vince Trombetta (a nice Italian guy from Philly!) and organ player Dave Siebels were incredibly talented and I enjoyed working with them both for the very first time. Tony was in rare form-playing his trumpet and the piano. He worked so hard for me the day of the gig putting together my charts so the band could play my original songs. What a great guy! Thank you Tony. After a successful show-I'm all geared up to do it again and again. So I'm working on getting booked in other venues. I will let you all know the times and dates as soon as I do book something. Here is one of my favorite shots from that night. It encompasses how much fun the gig was. So I expect you all to be there at my next show !!!! I know that I've done pop records in my past and I enjoy singing pretty much anything including the phone book...but after Friday night-I am convinced that my calling is Jazz. I felt so "at home" up on that stage in that type of setting. Relaxed-fun-and creating the sounds of be bop, swing and bluesy jazz. I'm now inspired to write more songs like "Share It With You" stay tuned. Love, Elisa P.S. If you haven't joined my blog-please do so, so that I can keep you updated in case something ever happened to Facebook!!! All the changes-you never know!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Steamers Cafe show this Friday!!!!! Sept.23rd!

I'm soooooooooo excited for my upcoming show
this Friday, September 23rd
at the legendary Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton, CA!
I'll be performing with my long time friend
and amazing musician Tony Guerrero and his quartet!
The show starts at 8:30pm and goes till 12:30am.
There is an $8.00 cover charge that will be added to your bill when you sit down and eat or drink. (I think it's per person) Call now and make your reservation cause it's booking up fast. It's also Tony's Birthday that night and we'll be celebrating!
I will also be singing a special belated birthday
to my brother Bobby and my mother in law Barbara.
The number to call is: 714-871-8800.
The address is: 138 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA. 92832.
Their website is: If you cannot make it to the show-you can watch the show ONLINE as it streams live!!!! So make sure and tune in if you can. I'll be singing some jazz standards-some of my originals from my Labor Of Love album-and some other special surprises! So excited to see all of you at the show!!!!
I need to go shopping right now for a new dress since none of my other dresses fit me anymore! I'm melting!!!! HA! So it's off to the store to find the perfect dress :o)
For some strange reason I cannot get a hold of my web designer to update my site
with the new postcard advertising the show...
(I've been trying for days and no response. Hope you are okay Adrian.)
So I'll just have to post it here and hope that everyone will see it.
I'll have family and friends there that night that I haven't seen
in such a long time so I'm doubly excited. Happy and can't wait to sing for you all! Luv, Elisa

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HCG...How I did it and how I will do it again!

So I've been asked by a lot of people about HCG and the diet. It is not easy. You have to have willpower and you have to possibly start to eat things you wouldn't necessarily eat. But if you were at the point where I was in my weight loss where I was disgusted with myself and was willing to do almost anything to get it off so I could feel better about myself-you make the sacrifices and you just stop making excuses for your out of control behavior and just do it! I reached a very depressing moment when I got on the scale and really looked at myself in the mirror and did not like what I saw at all. Especially when I would see myself on video footage from the shows in Los Angeles. In my mind-I really thought I looked good going onto that stage. Then we would watch back the video and the embarrassment I felt watching myself on the tv did not feel good at all. So I started the diet the night we did the House Of Blues gig in LA and committed to it for 40 days. In that 40 days I lost 25 lbs. Since the 40 days-I have just maintained the weight loss and I will be going back on the diet one more time to get off the rest on August 27th. I wanted to share my secrets with any of you that wanted to try it. What worked for me may not work for you so don't get mad at me if HCG doesn't work for u. I would consult with your doctor before you start it and ask them any questions like if you have any other health issues. I have an under active thyroid- hypothyroid-and also a glucose intolerance problem. So not only is it really hard for me to lose weight cause of my thyroid not working properly-but I don't process sugar in my body well at all so I can gain 5 pounds by just eating a sandwich! Seriously! I had tried Jenny Craig-but always chose my menus filled with carbs...I would get the breakfast sandwich and the chicken fettucini and the popcorn and would lose maybe 1/2 a pound a week. I was advised that it was better to lose slower. Well-not if your career is depending on it! Getting a job singing in any town-it's not just about your voice. It's also about how you look. It's how the world you can either not work-or do something about it. So I realized I was a "special" case. I had to do something more extreme. Here is exactly what I did...

First of all-I did not work out at all :O) One time I tried to-and I was way too tired so don't even try to!

The first two days of the diet I took the drops (7-10 drops, 3 x a day-hold on the tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing the drops) and got to eat ANYTHING I wanted. Fun! I had pizza...chocolate peanut butter ice cream (my favorite) ...pasta...cookies...potato chips and onion dip....french name it-I ate it! After the two days-on day 3...the diet began ;o(

In the mornings:

Breakfast- 1/2 grapefruit with Stevia sprinkled on top and 4 sea salt crackers from Trader Joes (less than 2 gms of sugar) or 2 grissani bread sticks. Realize that your carbs are pretty much over after the morning until later at eat your crackers slow! Seriously...I rationed them out every 20 minutes. Then I would make myself an iced coffee with one stevia and sugar free french vanilla creamer-1 teaspoon full- with a couple drops of Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup-it's zero calories, no sugar, just a little something to make it taste more like a mocha from Starbucks. If you don't like grapefruit-you should really learn to like it cause you can have an apple, orange or 9 strawberries instead of the grapefruit-but I really think the grapefruit makes you lose quicker.

Lunch and Dinner:

3 ounces of cooked meat. Chicken, turkey, steak, lean beef, fish (no salmon or tuna-too fatty) crab, shrimp. 3 egg whites and 1 egg with the yolk can also be used-but try not to substitute it more than twice a week.

Veggies- cucumber, tomato, spinach, asparagus, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zuchini, squash, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and garlic is what I ate. Some people say to only use certain veggies-but as long as it isn't a carb veggie like corn or peas-I say go for it. The more variety-the longer you stick to it.

Here are some tricks I used...cut up cucumber & tomato and red onion and get sugar free rice vinegar, garlic salt, pepper, italian seasoning and always have it in your fridge. I would make a big salad with spinach and lettuce-throw my meat on it and mix in my cucumber/tomato salad. Then I discovered Walden Farms Blue Cheese and Thousand Island dressings. Again-no calories. So I would pretend that I was having a crab louie salad with my crab meat and my 1000 island...or that I was having a blue cheese wedge salad-with my chicken.

My other thing I would make up and have in the fridge ready to heat up was ground beef or ground turkey with chopped up tomatoes (you can get the canned kind) and I would chop up onions and garlic-throw chilli powder and cayenne pepper in there and it would taste like a turkey/beef chilli. Easy to heat up and eat. Trader Joes actually sells turkey bolognese in the frozen section and that is quick and easy too. I also finally tried spaghetti squash! I threw the turkey bolognese over the squash and was in heaven!!! Being italian and really into my pasta for so many years-I never wanted to think that a squash could ever replace my pasta. But I finally caved in and you know what? I like it better than pasta! I like the crunchy texture-since I've always liked my pasta al dente-the squash is firm and crunchy just like I like it!

You are not supposed to eat cheese-butter-or oil of any kind. Yes even Olive oil. So I got used to using Pam Olive Oil cooking spray. The barbeque becomes your new best friend. You can season till your hearts content and should always include some sea salt into your day some way, some how. Eating the juice from a lemon-is also very good. So you could do what I would do for my dessert which is up next...

Dessert- Strawberry Lemonade freezie! In a blender-put 9 strawberries and the juice of one lemon with 2 stevia's , 1 cup of water and 5 ice cubes. Blend and drink. Yummy. Or you could marinate your 9 cut up strawberries in some stevia-let it sit all day in the fridge-and you wouldn't believe how sweet and exciting it is at the end of your day. You can also have a delicious orange or cut up your apple-throw some cinnamon and stevia on it and bake it in the oven till it starts to carmelize. It's like hot apple pie! Towards the 1/2 way point of my diet I added in a 1/2 bag of 100 calorie popcorn to my dessert. It did not hurt my weight loss at all and it made me feel a ton more satisfied that I could have the carbs in the morning-sacrifice them for my lunch and dinner-and be rewarded at the end of the day with something sweet and the carbs that I was longing for all day long! Basically the rule of thumb-no more than 100 calories of carbs a day. So the 4 crackers in the morning totaled around 50 calories and then 1/2 the bag of popcorn was 50 calories.

The big talk on HCG is that it's 500 calories and that is scary and dangerous. I did not count calories. I knew by the way I was eating and what I was eating and how I was re-learning how to cook everything without butter and olive oil-that I was substantially changing my eating habits and my calories. I would honestly say I ate probably between 700-900 calories and still lost. The other thing with HCG is that it's supposed to reach those stored areas of fat in our body that we can never seem to burn. I believe that. Especially around my belly. It's definitely smaller. My inches that I lost were even more impressive than the amount of weight!

I would also take a multi vitamin-B and C.

Another great invention is Braggs Liquid Amino Acids. It has a teriyaki flavor and you can marinate your steak, turkey burgers, or chicken in it and throw some peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms on top and it tastes awesome!

Another great recipe- chicken tenders! Take your chicken tenders-soak them in milk-grind up garlic flavored Melba Toast in the blender and coat your chicken with the bread crumbs and some seasonings. Then bake them. Don't overcook them though. You want to make them up-weigh them and put them in little baggies of 3 ounces a piece. Then when you are hungry for some chicken fingers-heat them in the microwave and get Walden Farms BBQ sauce. You can also throw some shrimp on skewers with onions and peppers and the BBQ sauce and you got shrimp on the barbie! It's awesome!

You can also have salsa.

NO Carrots- NO bananas-too much sugar in those two.

I drank a ton of green tea iced tea sweetened with stevia. I also drank a ton of ice water-a ton of it! Whenever I was hungry i would just drink more water. I also did drink diet soda-although I noticed I would retain weight and wouldn't lose as much when I did drink diet soda.

So why am I telling you all this? Cause I care. I know how hard it is to lose weight. I want to help people who felt like I did-defeated and unhappy. Like it just wasn't possible. Well it is. Since I'm getting ready to do it again in another week- I wanted to remind myself of everything I did the first time around to reach my goal so I can jump back on the diet with ease. I have not been the weight that I am now in about 13 years. On my next round I am hoping to get to the weight that I was 20 years ago when I met Prince. I owe a lot to him for giving me a job regardless of how I looked when he hired me back after those 20 years. I really needed to work and I had a family to support and I just wanted to sing!!!! I saw myself on the video footage from the shows and really "saw" myself. I wasn't happy and I decided to make a really good effort to do it and I'm very proud of myself and what I've finally accomplished after so many times of trying and failing before. So thank you Prince for opening my eyes and for giving me the opportunity to sing and find myself again. I also appreciate that he gave me the summer off cause being on the road and doing the diet would have been too hard. I needed to be home in my kitchen and I needed to dedicate the time to myself and my family. Now when the fall comes-I will be Sooooooooooooooo ready to strut my stuff and sing with the confidence I haven't had in soooooo many years. I hope that this helps any of you that are considering the diet. I know it can be done. So hopefully my story will help inspire you to do it too. If you don't know someone who sells the drops, I can refer you to my friend Suzanne Condray who can send them to you. But please talk to your doctor first and make sure they advise you to do it. The bottle costs $55.00 and lasts for about 25 days. By the way you have to commit to the diet for at least 23 days. The longest you can do it is 40. Email Suzanne if you are interested at: