Lisa Harriton

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Lisa Harriton
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Background information
Birth name Lisa Rae Harriton
Born (1980-11-17) 17 November 1980 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Electronic, Pop, Rock
Occupations singer-songwriter (pianist, vocalist)
Instruments Piano, Vocals
Associated acts Elle Rae, The Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Natalia Kills

Lisa Rae Harriton (born 17 November 1980 in Los Angeles) is an American rock musician, who became a touring keyboardist and back-up vocalist with the alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins in 2007. She is also a singer/songwriter serving up a soulful blend of pop infused with jazz and world influences.[citation needed] Her music ranges from introspective ballads to infectious grooves, which she leads from the keyboard. Harriton began working as a studio singer at age 8 on dates for Disney, Integrity Media and Word Records. She sang the preproduction duet vocals on Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook.

Harriton attended and completed classical piano studies at the Royal Schools of Music in London, and completed further jazz piano studies at the University of Southern California in May 2004.[1]

She has performed in China, Japan, Peru and in Los Angeles jazz clubs and has worked with musicians such as Ingrid Jensen and Ernie Watts.[1]

Her mother Terry Harriton is a Los Angeles studio singer, father Michael Harriton is a composer and musician, and older brother Steven is also a musician.

In 2009 she toured with Adam Lambert performing as his keyboardist. She also appeared with Adam on the CBS Early Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The View, and the American Music Awards. In 2010 she performed keyboard duties for Ke$ha including during an appearance on Ellen.

In 2012 she joined the band Diamond Baby and launched a solo career under the stage name Elle Rae.

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit]

On 22 May 2007, in Le Grand Rex club in Paris, she was unveiled as touring keyboardist and backing vocalist for the reformed Smashing Pumpkins. Harriton appeared in the videos for "Tarantula" and "That's the Way (My Love Is)". She also appeared in the documentary concert film If All Goes Wrong. On 9 March 2010, Billy Corgan started auditions for a new keyboardist for The Smashing Pumpkins' album in progress, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lisa Harriton at Last.fm
  2. ^ Keith Phipps (9 March 2010). "Help Wanted: Pumpkins". The A.V. Club. 

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