Lisa Kelly, an original vocalist of Celtic Woman, has been creating and performing music for audiences since she was seven years old. She was born into a musical family, both of her parents and her two sisters also being singers. Lisa was classically trained in vocal performance and piano, later professionally teaching piano for a number of years. During Lisa's early musical career, she played prominent roles in musical productions, including Velma Kelly in "Chicago," Laurey in "Oklahoma!," Maria in "West Side Story," and Sandy in "Grease." Lisa has appeared in many concerts at Dublin's National Concert Hall, which include "The Magic of Gershwin," "From Romberg to Rodgers," and "The Music of Cole Porter."
After a thrilling several years in the music industry, Lisa decided to take a break from musical theatre and take a job in the computer industry. But her heart always belonged to theatre, and she eventually returned to the stage. Lisa joined Riverdance in 2000 where she was cast as the Lead Female Vocalist for five years. During her Riverdance years, she met Australian dancer Scott Porter, who would later become her husband.
In 2002, Celtic Collections Inc approached Lisa about recording her own album, which she followed through, featuring songs such as "May It Be" from The Lord of the Rings and "Lift the Wings" from Riverdance. This album impressed Celtic Woman's David Downes and ultimately led to Lisa's invitation to become a member of Celtic Woman. "Celtic Woman is fulfilling my ambitions. I'm very lucky and I'm living my dream in so many ways."
Lisa has three young children, Cian, Jack, and Ellie. She calls them, "hands down, the most important parts of my life." You can see Lisa perform her powerful version of Sting's "Fields of Gold," among several other musical numbers at any upcoming Celtic Woman concerts near you.