Before she became a professional vocalist, pianist and music educator, Lisa Wall-Urgero’s mother once asked her, “What are you going to do with a degree in music?” The answer turned out to be a vast array of musical things.
Over a career spanning 28 years, some of Lisa’s professional highlights include: recording backup vocals in Studio B at Capital Records on Evanescence’s 2006 album, “The Open Door” under the direction of lead singer, Amy Lee; singing in the opera chorus of “Turandot” with the Opera Orchestra of Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium; Christmas caroling in costume with a quartet on Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” show and as part of an NFL comedy bit with John Madden impersonator Frank Caliendo on Fox Sports News; playing the part of Mrs. Nordstrom in her favorite musical, Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” for Gold Coast Repertory Company under the direction of Teri Ralston – who originated the role on Broadway; later, musical directing the same show at Theater Palisades; cutting her teeth on jazz vocals with the All American Jazz trio at iconic NOLA’s “A Taste of New Orleans” in downtown Los Angeles; partnering up from the piano with studio saxophonist, George Shelby – a regular member of American Idol’s house band – to accompany voice students and alum from Cal Lutheran’s Summer Vocal Institute for a public coffee house event; as a chorister, being part of an epic, state-of-the-art web video, “Hello Again”, at 20th Century Fox Studios under the direction of pop icon, Beck and producer, David Campbell with 136 other musicians and singers on a rotating stage. More recently, Lisa appeared at the Pasadena Ambassador Auditorium with a 40-voice chorus accompanied by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in the “80/60 Gala Concert: Celebrating Hayford”, along with stars Debby Boone, Pat Boone, Gavin MacLeod and Kathie Lee Gifford.
Lisa performs regularly as a solo vocalist/pianist and with her duo partner, guitarist David Patt, for parties, weddings and corporate events. Additionally, she accompanies and coaches singers at a local high school, cantors and plays piano for masses at St. Julie’s Billiart Catholic Church and teaches about twenty-five piano students a week.