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Lisa Coleman (musician)

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Birth name  Lisa Coleman
Spouse  Renata Kanclerz
Role  Musician
Name  Lisa Coleman
Years active  1980–present

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Born  August 17, 1960 (age 59) (1960-08-17)
Origin  Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres  Rock, funk, pop, new wave, Minneapolis sound, R&B
Occupation(s)  Musician, arranger, composer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments  piano, keyboards, synthesizer,guitar, vocals
Movies and TV shows  Purple Rain, Home Farm Twins
Music groups  Wendy & Lisa, The Revolution (1980 – 1986)
Parents  Gary L. Coleman, Marylou Ynda-Ciletti
Albums  Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Wendy and Lisa, Fruit at the Bottom
Similar People  Wendy Melvoin, Prince, Susannah Melvoin, Doctor Fink, Bobby Z

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Lisa Coleman (born August 17, 1960) is an American musician and composer. Coleman plays piano and keyboards. She was a member of Prince's backing band The Revolution from 1980 to 1986. She is one half of the musical duo Wendy & Lisa, formed with Wendy Melvoin in 1986.


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Early life

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Coleman was born the middle of three children in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was Mexican-American visual artist Marylou Ynda-Ciletti (April 4, 1936 — November 17, 2013). Coleman's father, Gary L. Coleman (born 1936), is an Anglo-American session musician in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the collective The Wrecking Crew and formed a friendship with fellow musician Mike Melvoin. Their families became close with each other and often played and recorded music together. Lisa Coleman formed a close relationship with Melvoin's daughter Wendy Melvoin, saying once "we've been familiar with one another since we were in diapers".

Musical career

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At age 12, Coleman got her professional start as a keyboardist in the bubblegum pop band Waldorf Salad. The band, which also featured her siblings and Jonathan Melvoin, was signed to A&M records in 1973.

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In 1975, Coleman played a small role as a high school pianist in the Linda Blair made-for-TV film Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.

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Coleman was 19 years of age when one of her good friends, Niki Yoergler, who was working as a secretary for Prince's personal manager, Steve Fargnoli, brought her to the attention of Prince. After some convincing on both ends, Yoergler got Coleman an audition and she was hired as part of Prince's backing group in 1980 for his Dirty Mind album and tour. Before being so recruited, she had been working as a shipping clerk and teaching piano. She replaced keyboardist Gayle Chapman. Coleman played keyboards for Prince on his Controversy and 1999 albums, and was a session player for recordings by The Time and Vanity 6. As well as Purple Rain[1984], Around the World in a Day[1985] & Parade[1986] albums.

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Coleman was in a long-term relationship with her musician friend Wendy Melvoin, with whom she collaborated frequently; see Wendy & Lisa for more details. In an interview Coleman states she was approached by Prince while on the road with Melvoin to play the guitars at sound check; Prince asked Melvoin to join his band that night. Melvoin replaced guitarist Dez Dickerson in 1983. Coleman and Melvoin became members of the newly designated The Revolution.

Shortly after the completion of Prince and The Revolution's Parade project, Coleman and Melvoin started their own musical duo, which they called the Wendy & Lisa partnership. The Wendy & Lisa musical partnership released 5 full-length albums for various labels, including Columbia/Sony and Virgin, as well as their own independent imprint.

Coleman and Melvoin continued to work together as film and television composers, and they provided the musical scores for television shows including Crossing Jordan and Heroes, both created and produced by Tim Kring under his Tailwind Productions banner, Nurse Jackie, which won them an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme, Prime Suspect, and others. They also provide the music for Touch.

In 2009, Coleman played vibraphone on the Alice in Chains' song "Black Gives Way to Blue", from the album of the same name.

Personal life

In April 2009, Coleman gave an interview with Out magazine declaring that she is a lesbian and had a past romantic relationship with Wendy Melvoin.

Awards and recognition

Coleman and Melvoin were awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title in 2010 for their theme to Nurse Jackie. Coleman (and Melvoin) also technically share the honor of winners of a Grammy and Oscar for being part of The Revolution, as Purple Rain won two Grammys, and the Oscar for Best Original Score.


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