Singer Lisa Hartt grew up on a reasonable diet of music from different genres. She stepped into the professional music world when she was only in her early teens. At 15 she was already working with Gino Vannelli, as a backing singer. Working with Vannelli's band gave young Hartt her first taste of touring. Performing before audiences in different locations and settings gave her a chance to get comfortable on-stage, and to polish her singing.
After leaving her spot as a backing singer, Hartt took her talents and stepped onto the front of the stage for her next career span, working as lead singer for a big band-style group that included only females. From there she took it a step further in 1973, forming the Lisa Hartt Band. Members of the band were guitarist Rayburn Blake, keyboardist Richard Yuen, drummer Marty Cordray, and bassist Denny Gerrard.
Between 1975 and 1977, Hartt split her time between touring and recording. She finished a few singles with the Lisa Hartt Band under the Rising label, and one album, Starwatchers, in 1977. After the debut album, the Lisa Hartt Band fell apart. On her own once again, Hartt went back to work as a background singer, landing a lot of session spots with other artists.