About Lisa, the story so far….
Britain has produced some of the world's best-loved divas over the past four decades - but few, if any, have been as soulful as Lisa Stansfield.
Along the way she met Augusto Grassi, an Italian costume designer on a holiday in Tunisia. In 1987 they got married at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Rochdale and Lisa moved to live with him in Italy on a hilltop town called Zagarolo outside of Rome. However Lisa was really in-love with the idea of Italy rather than her husband and after sixteen weeks, she realised that their marriage was over.
Lisa moved backed to Rochdale and met up with her former school friend Ian Devaney (who was soon to become her fella) and his friend Andy Morris. Several years prior on a chance meeting, Ian and Andy convinced Lisa to write some songs. This led them to form a band together , they called themselves "Blue Zone". They made a demo which was sent around to several record labels. Their chance came when a small independent label called Rockin' Horse signed them (which later got taken over by Arista). Blue Zone's first two singles were unsuccessful, however their third started to make some waves. It was 'Thinking about His Baby' with the b-side 'Big Thing'. Kiss-FM and the club scene picked up on 'Big Thing' and went on to sell over 10,000 copies in one week. Their album which took over a year to complete created a stir without charting.
Lisa's major breakthrough came in 1989 when Morris and Devaney, both brass players, were recruited for a Coldcut session. Lisa went along just for fun and was asked to provide guest vocals on the group's new single, "People Hold On". The song became an instant dance hit and reached number 11 in the UK charts. On the strength of its success, Lisa was persuaded to try her luck as a solo artiste and the threesome decided to drop the band name and Blue Zone eventually became "Lisa Stansfield".
They were now signed to Arista Records - and things started moving rapidly when the next single release, "This Is The Right Time", became a top 20 hit in the UK. A few months later came Lisa's most infamous anthem "All Around The World". This was to become her first UK number one hit and still remains the biggest selling single and her most well known track to date.
In the summer of 1998, Lisa and Ian eventually took the plunge and got married at an intimate ceremony which took place in Washington Park Square, New York.