Elisa Fiorillo-Dease is featured in the new issue of Daeida, music-based magazine in Los Angeles. The interview covers her entire career, personal issues, and Prince.
Elisa talks about being produced by Jellybean in 1997 and recording her sophomore album with David Z. at Prince's Paisley Park studios. For months, she did not run into the music icon, then, one day, he was behind the board listening to her music, but not believing it was her.
Prince had Elisa sing on the spot and she blew him away. She then sang on the "Partyman" remix and the track "Love Machine" with The Time. Elisa talks about punching Prince in the arm with excitement and he would ask her to stop. Yet the italian in her would start doing it minutes later.
The 10 page interview is very interesting with talking about the hardships of the music business, personal issues, her marriage, and working with Prince again 20's years ago. Although working with Prince on only one album, she did consider herself to actually be a protegé of his, even though she did hate that word.
We loved seeing Elisa at the L.A. run last year, performing, talking with her after the shows, and even at those late night jam sessions at Prince's house. Seeing her, Prince, and Nikka Costa was quite the funky experience, and we can totally understand her being late to the interview because of it.
Elisa wanted to add this to Drfunkenberry.com:
"I'm working on a new petal to drop from my Little Flower website on May 19, 2012. The song is a jazzy/pop-Sade/Basia-type song called "Share It With You" that I wrote and co-produced with Jazz trumpeter Tony Guerrero.
I am currently in the process of shooting the video (styled by clothing designer Richard Hallmarq and directed by Adrian Soto -both the song and video will be released on May 19th, 2012. (My ten year wedding anniversary:o)
We think it is pretty safe to say that Elisa is "On The Way Up" 21 years later.-DocFB