Born and raised in Queens, NY, Elana Lisa spent a few years in Mayfield Heights, Ohio and moved to Richmond, VA in 1994, where she now resides.  


Elana Lisa's first musical influence was her father, Isaiah Grama Y'Shaya). Isaiah had a powerful voice with a tremendous range.  He had his own show, for many years in Atlantic City singing songs by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, etc. while pursuing his career as a Cantor.  


Elana Lisa started singing at a very early age.  She loved show tunes and strived to be on Broadway but at age 14 she started playing guitar and listening to rock-n-roll, hard rock and metal and decided she rather be a rock star.  She joined a Rush cover band at age 15 and at around 19 she started an all girl metal band called, Kali-Co which later morphed into the NYC band, Mistress.

When Elana moved to Richmond she started playing at local open mic nights (mostly The Lost Sock) so she could meet musicians in the area.  She started writing more acoustic music and along with a guitarist she met, started the band SteppinStone.  SteppinStone was a high energy blues/rock band that started in 1995 and ended in 2006. While playing in SteppinStone, she got to share the stage with many of Richmond's great musicians.


She also sang for King Edward & The BD's (Motown/Soul Band), The Elana Hyner Trio (Jazz Band) and The Acoustic River Rats (Acoustic Folk Rock) and she got to sing with the Squirrel Nut Zippers for 4 nights of their Fall 2016 tour.  


She had the opportunity to lay down tracks on local band CDs such as: Smiile, Dave McKinney and Road Kill Roy. 


Currently, she sings for Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess which plays a mix of Modern Swing, Jazz and RnB, Weeping Molly (Rock), True Tonic (Acoustic Duo) and Penelope & The Butchertown Cats Orchestra.


She enjoys collaborating with other musicians and writing music.