Elisa Irish


Elisa Gomez Taylor is a singer who has developed her own style of phrasing with texture and clarity. She has in essence created her own voice. She is an accomplished composer and songstress and like a chameleon changes colors she spontaneously moves with ease from a variety of musical flavors. She seduces her audiences singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Close your eyes and fly like the wind as she takes you on a journey to Cuba, Brazil, or New York where she will remind you of the sultry voice of Sarah Vaughn at the famous Blue Note jazz club. Her musical aspirations began in Ohio her birth place. Listening to Bill, her father who played the upright bass and who had an expansive and broad jazz collection, helped captured her heart and love for the genre. Gloria, her mother born in Guantanamo, Cuba influenced her with albums consisting of the Latin Big Band sound of the 40’s through the 60’s. She stays current by following the latest rhythms and beats coming from the mystical island of Cuba.

She realized at an early age music is in her DNA. The church choir was her first fore ray singing in public. She ventured outside the house of prayer and expanded her exposure and reach by singing in “The Billy Taylor Band”. Seeking to broaden and develop her craft as an artist Elisa sang “Aida” by Verdi at the Ohio Opera House and “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan in Hawaii. She studied music privately with Kevyn Lettau. She continued to study music and hone her craft while earning her B.A. degree in Organizational Communications from Sinclair College in Ohio. The winds of good fortune drifted in her direction when legendary Brazilian pianist and bandleader, Sergio Mendes discover her in 1984. She toured and recorded with Medes for eight years before branching out on her own. Living in the tropical paradise of Maui, Elisa musical aptness grew exponentially when she became the band leader of Trio Tropicale at the Five Star Grand Wailea Hotel Spa and Resort.

Her first CD “I Adore You” Island Latin Jazz was self-penned and recorded while living in Maui. Three songs off the CD were received with overwhelming success after high air play rotations on Hawaii’s music stations KONI 104.7 FM and KNUI 99.9FM/900. National and international tours followed; Dominican Republic, Puerto Vallarta, US Midwest and east coast. She was ecstatic and grateful to hear and read the positive reviews, and placements of her music in Borders Books, local record stores, coffee shops and pristine hotels. “Lava Man” an all original, Brazilian-Latin vibe with Spanish guitar intertwining a smooth R&B sound was her second CD. There is a classical texture with strings, cello and oboe embellishments. She sings creating a collage a porterage of different stories ranging from lovegames and sacrifices made by people and how mother nature’s evolution is changing because of the misdeeds of mankind. The development of “Lava Man” sprang forth from the marvelous collaboration of artist talents led by Elisa and her hand-picked personnel; composer, producer, Brazilian jazz guitarist, Sandro Albert and co-producer and engineer Stephan Oberhoff who played piano and several tacks. She had the pleasure of recording with fine studio musicians such as Chris Wabich on drums and percussions, Myka Miller on oboe and English horn, Cassio Durante on percussions, and Joon Jun sung on cello.

Elisa has numerous vocal recording credits including a “Best World Recording” with Grammy Award winner, Sergio Mendes. Her voice has also been featured in major motion pictures “Antitrust” with Leonardo DeCaprio and “Bossa Nova” with Amy Irving, Network TV 2001 Teen Choice Awards, and educational software “Walla World”.