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Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, Lisa Shaw was raised inScarborough, Ontario the youngest of six kids. Growing up, Lisa was influenced by artists such as Sade, Billie Holiday,Stevie Knicks, Roberta Flack and Kate Bush. Tagging along to clubs with her older sisters exposed her to disco/funk acts Chic, Sister Sledge, the S.O.S. Band and Kool and the Gang. Her cousin Oliver Ferguson introduced her to New York City in 1989, and she began making connections there. Shaw married David Winsett (DJ Swingsett) in 1995, and she moved to New York City then to live with him. The couple is now divorced.
Lisa Shaw's music career expanded when she arrived in New York City from Toronto. Shaw is part of the underground electronica/deep house music communities. She debuted in 1995 with a single titled, "Makin' Love Makin' Music", written by DJ Smash. It became a hit in the underground. She has collaborated on deep house projects, most notably with producer/songwriter, Miguel Migs.
Shaw released her debut solo album, Cherry, on October 25, 2005 on the Astralwerks label. Shaw appears as a featured singer on Miguel Migs's 2007 album, Those Things. Kaba Modern used a remix of her single, "Grown Apart," on the first season of America's Best Dance Crew in 2008. Her second album, entitled "Free," was released on March 10, 2009.