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There are multiple artists named Elisa: 1) Italian singer. 2) Japanese singer. 3) Swedish band.

1) Elisa (full name: Elisa Toffoli, born 19 December 1977) is an Italian singer and songwriter. She sings in several musical genres that go from pop, rock, to blues and soul.
Born in Monfalcone, in the province of Gorizia (north-eastern Italy), since childhood she expressed a great artistic ability: dancing, painting, reciting and writing stories. Her love for art grew with poems of Rudyard Kipling and the lyrics of Jim Morrison, but the best of her talent is expressed in music. At the age of 11 she wrote her first lyrics and melody.

When she was 17 Elisa signed with Sugar. When she was 18 she left for Berkeley, where with Corrado Rustici (producer of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Francesco De Gregori and Claudio Baglioni) she worked on the songs of the album Pipes and Flowers.
In May 1997 she released the first single, “Sleeping in Your Hand”. On 22 September the album Pipes and Flowers, produced by Rustici, which soon went Triple Platinum in Italy. Elisa was the author of all lyrics, written in English, and of the melodies as well.
Three singles from Pipes and Flowers were released: “Sleeping in your hand”, Labyrinth and “A Feast for Me”. For these just before 1998 Elisa won the Targa Tenco (Tenco Plate), and the Premio Italiano della Musica (Italian Musical Award). She performed excellently live at the Imola Heineken Jammin’ Festival and as the special guest in the European tour of Eros Ramazzotti. In October she recorded the single “Cure Me”, produced by Darren Allison, which was on the re-release of Pipes and Flowers.

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