"Social Dancers know that when they dance to their own rhythm,
life taps its toes to their beat."
Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success and popularized Bossa Nova in Japan. She has performed with many top musicians in Brazil. She learned English in addition to the Portuguese and Japanese and performed enthusiastically in New York City. Her first album, Catupiry, was released in 1989. She has not stopped recording since then, releasing one disc a year, mostly in Portuguese since it is her preferred tongue. She soon became famous in Japan after appearing in several TV commercials. In 1991 her album Nanã won the "Grand Prix Gold Disk Award for Jazz" in Japan. The 1999 album Dream sold more than two hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since then she has established a determined position in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.
"Girl From Ipanema" by Lisa Ono
Not much is known about her personal life. She had several relationships in Japan and in Brazil. She was 40 years old when she married Satoshi Ishikawa in 2002 and they had two children. Continuing her exploration of new material, in the summer of 2001, Lisa released Bossa Hula Nova, which as the title name implies, includes some new and classic Hawaiian songs done in a bossa nova style. My personal favorite which I have in a song video is Fly Me To The Moon, in that beautiful Bossa Nova style and a terrific band for back up and she sings it in English.
"For Social Dancers, dance is not an option, it's who we are."