I first learned of the band Fisher about eight years ago when I heard the song “Beautiful Life” on a Toyota commercial. I didn’t know what the song was called, or who the band was, but I knew I had to find out. It took me awhile, researching on the Internet to find who wrote this little catchy tune, but I finally, finally tracked it down on iTunes. Thank you Lord, because Fisher has become one of my all-time favorite bands that you have probably never heard of.
First off, Kath Fisher is one stunningly beautiful chick. That certainly helps with the marketing, of course (she’s on pretty much every cover); however, no matter what she looks like, it’s all about the voice. That voice. Someone once described her voice as “a hot rock wrapped in velvet” and when you listen to her (and you will), you will agree. Fisher’s voice is fan-tast-ic: strong, ethereal, great range — a true instrument. God was kind.
Then, there are the gorgeous songs and amazingly thoughtful lyrics, written by Fisher and her husband/bandmate/producer, Ron Wasserman. Wasserman has worked in L.A. as a commercial music producer for years, so it isn’t surprising that their music has been used in this way. The man knows how to write a catchy tune, that’s for sure.
You may be familiar with Fisher from this: in late 2008, the TLC network started using “Beautiful Life” (from The Lovely Years album) for their Monday night programming (including that Jon & Kate show). Though this has garnered them a much wider audience, the band has stayed fiercely independent and has never signed to a major label.
A brief summary of their fabulous music: their first album, One was released in 1999 and contained the hits “I Will love You” (which had people pulling over their cars and calling radio stations to find out who was singing.) and “Never Say Never.” Most of their popularity, however, came from the advent of downloaded music — they were one of the most popular downloaded artists in 1999.
Their next album, North, contained a few of the songs already contained on One plus a whole album of new tracks. In 2002, Fisher released a twenty-three track opus, Uppers and Downers (check out the cover of “Dream On”) which is exactly what it sounds like: half of the songs on the album are slower-paced ballads, the other half are upbeat rockers. 2005 brought the standout The Lovely Years which covered Fisher and Wasserman’s experiences as new parents and their continued life as a couple. After that album, they decided to hang it up for awhile due to major personal difficulties; we fans had to face the hard fact that this could possibly be the end to our beloved band.