Lisa Germano (January 1, 1958) is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who has released seven albums featuring her distinctive violin and confessional lyrics. Her album Geek the Girl received widespread critical acclaim, including being featured as a top album of the 1990s by Spin Magazine. She is also known as a guest performer on over sixty records by a variety of artists, including Eels, John Mellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Sheryl Crow and Iggy Pop.
Born Lisa Ruth Germano in Mishawaka, Indiana, she was one of six children born into an Italian-American Catholic family. As her parents were musicians, she and her siblings were encouraged to learn an instrument from an early age. At the age of seven she wrote her first piece of music: a 15-minute opera on the piano and would later learn the violin, an instrument that would ultimately guide her to a professional career in music.
She made her professional debut as John Mellencamp's violinist and fiddle player on his 1987 hit album The Lonesome Jubilee, spending the next seven years working with him. During this time, additional tour...