Lisa Östergren
 

Lisa grew up in Upplands Väsby (north of Stockholm) in a very creative family where music and "creation/composition" was always a focus. Their home was often full of music, and playing and singing were a natural way for socializing with her brother and her parents. A lot of jazz was played (on vinyl!) around the house and so jazz music quickly made its way into Lisa’s heart.

Her first memory of The Real Group was when she attended the group’s diploma concert at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. It was a magnificent concert experience starting with the group entering the stage in astronaut suits...in slow motion. Unforgettable!

Later on Lisa studied singing at The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen for two years and then completed her studies with a pedagogical degree in singing at The Stockholm Royal Academy of Music. Since then Lisa has been freelancing as a singer, both as a solo artist and as a backing singer for various Swedish pop artists. She has also been doing studio work with songwriters and composers both within and outside of Sweden. Although Lisa has performed at both the Hollywood Bowl and Wembley Stadium, most of her own concerts have been in small auditoriums and school gyms, trying to please the most demanding audience of them all; kids.

Lisa’s composing skills have twice been rewarded with grants by STIM (the Swedish Writer’s and Composer’s organization) and some of her songs have been released in a modern children’s songbook. She has been touring with the quartet Jazzmys for more than 15 years in Sweden and Finland, has twice been nominated for the Swedish Music Awards and 10 years ago she founded her own trio with the saxophone-player Thomas Backman and pianist Cecilia Persson. Lisa draws a lot of her inspiration from being around children. They remind her about the important things in life; to be curious, adventurous and creative.

Fun fact: When Lisa was in college she borrowed two Gino Vanelli vinyl-albums from her music teacher and since then she has had a secret dream of singing a duet with her big idol!