"So Intense" is the debut (and thus far, only) studio recording from R&B singer/songwriter Lisa Fischer. It was released in 1991. Of the ten tracks recorded for this disc, the Fischer co-write "How Can I Ease the Pain" was her biggest pop and R&B hit, reaching number 1 on the U.S. R&B chart, while peaking just outside the top ten of the pop charts, resting at number 11. The only other single to make any sort of impact was "Save Me", which, while failing to even dent the Billboard top 40 (reaching number 74), came close to repeating the success of "How Can I Ease the Pain" on the R&B chart, peaking at number 7. The last single, the title track, was also a moderate R&B hit, reaching the top twenty and peaking at number 15.
Tracks 1, 3 & 4 produced by Narada Michael Walden; assistant producers on track 1: Claytoven Richard & Frank Martin; assistant producer on tracks 3 & 4: Louis Biancaniello. Recorded by Marc Rayburn & David Frazier. Mixed by David Frazier. Narada Michael Walden: Drums & Percussion on all tracks; Claytoven Richardson & Frank Martin: Keyboards on track 1; Louis Biancaniello: Keyboards on tracks 1, 3 & 4; Ric Wilson: Guitars on track 1.
Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 8 produced by Luther Vandross. Tracks 2 & 6 recorded by Paul Brown & Stephen Harrison; tracks 5 & 8 recorded by Michael White, Deb Cornish & Ray Bardani. Mixed by Ray Bardani. John "Skip" Anderson: Keyboards, Drums & Percussion on tracks 2, 6 & 8; Buddy Williams: Drums & Percussion on track 5; Marcus Miller: Synthesizers on tracks 5 & 8, electric bass on track 2; Georg Wadenius & Hiram Bullock: Guitars on track 5; Paul Jackson: Guitars on track 6; Dick Oatts: Saxophone on track 5; Nick Ashford: Vocal on track 5; Kevin Owens & Luther Vandross: Chorus Vocals on tracks 2, 5 & 8; Eugene Van Buren: Chorus Vocals on track 6; Brenda White-King, Cindy Mizelle & Paulette McWilliams: Chorus Vocals on track 8.
Track 7 produced by Attala Zane Giles & Cornelius Mims. Recorded by Robert Macias. Mixed by Frank Clark. Attala Zane-Giles: Chorus Vocals and all instruments.
Track 9 produced by Arif Mardin. Arranged by Steve Skinner. Recorded & Mixed by Michael O'Reilly. Cindy Mizelle: Chorus Vocals. Steve Skinner: All instruments.
Track 10 produced by Raymond Jones. Recorded & Mixed by "Hill Swimmer", Randy Long & Roy Spong. Raymond Jones: Piano, Sequencing; Abdou M'Boup, Carol Steele: Percussion.