Elise Lerner is a New York based songwriter and lyricist, integrating sound, language and vision, which form the combination of her passions as an artist and musician. In 2021, Elise wrote and released multiple versions of “A Midnight Wish” for Benny Benack III & Steven Feifke after they heard Elise, her self-titled album of 12 original songs. In 2020, she was commissioned to compose a score for Broadway development, writing jazz music and lyrics about Ella Fitzgerald. Elise began as a self taught musician, later studying music theory under jazz musician and composer, Takeshi Asai.
Elise easily & naturally writes toplines, lyrics or entire songs for Vocal Artists by tapping into their unique personalities in unlimited ways.
An inspirational New Years holiday track about wishes set to a jazz arrangement. If at midnight everyone in the world wished for world peace at the same time, would it come true?
Secret Door is a love song about love that crosses lifetimes. This song is about the juncture between destiny & happenstance.
A composer & lyricist for Film, TV & Musical Theater, Elise is a natural at complimenting storyline with songs in multiple genres, vividly making characters come alive. She intuitively connects to the setting, script, characters, and performers, writing powerful music that elevates productions to an unforgettable level.
Set in the 1930’s two main characters meet in a coffee shop. While it seems like love at first sight, a group of angels chime in to warn of ill fate.
Set in the 1930s two teenagers are imprisoned in a “Home for Girls” where abuse is rampant. This inspirational song, sung at the climax of the play, celebrates their unlimited faith and devotion for each other. It is a prelude to their escape.
As a Singer/Songwriter Elise keeps a catalogue of profoundly intimate songs, filled with complicated yet soothing melodies and poignant lyrics. Occasionally, she steps out of the background to perform from her private and growing collection of delicate piano ballads.