Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer, and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with former music partner Brendan Perry.
Lisa Gerrard was born 12 April 1961 in Melbourne and grew up in the suburb of Prahran with her Irish immigrant parents.
Gerrard's first foray into forming bands and creative music-making was the highly experimental Little Band scene. It was at one of these little band events that she first met Dead Can Dance cofounder Brendan Perry.
In 1995 Gerrard recorded and released her first solo album The Mirror Pool. Gerrard began a new collaboration with Patrick Cassidy in 2004 with the release of Immortal Memory. Lisa Gerrard released her third solo album, The Black Opal in October 2009.
Since her career began in 1981, she has been involved in a wide range of projects. Gerrard received a Golden Globe Award for the music score to the film Gladiator, on which she collaborated with Hans Zimmer. In addition to singing, she is an instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin.
Gerrard sings many of her songs, such as Now We Are Free, Come Tenderness, Serenity, The Valley of the Moon, Tempest, Pilgrimage of Lost Children, Coming Home and Sanvean in an idioglossia that she has developed since the age of twelve.
Lisa Gerrard has 2 children and her nephew Jack Gerrard plays for Cairns post-hardcore act "Almost a Square" as the drummer/back-up vocalist.