Lisa Germano (born January 1, 1958) is an American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has released seven albums featuring her often-hushed vocal style, confessional lyrics, and distinctive violin. Her 1994 album Geek the Girl received widespread critical acclaim, including being featured as a top album of the 1990s by the music magazine Spin. She is also known as a guest performer and/or session musician on over sixty records by a variety of artists, including John Mellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel and Eels.
Born Lisa Ruth Germano in Mishawaka, Indiana, she was one of six children born into an Italian-American Catholic family. Her parents were teachers and musicians, and she and her siblings were encouraged to learn an instrument from an early age. At the age of seven, she wrote her first piece of music: a 15-minute opera on the piano. She would later learn the violin, an instrument that would ultimately guide her to a professional career in music.