I have said this on more than one occasion: When God created the perfect singer, the result is Lisa Fischer.

Her instrument is divine. She has an understanding of artistic vernacular that allows her to cross countless styles. She has tone and technique that are nothing short of pristine, but she doesn’t eschew emotion or mood.

She’s a Grammy winner who’s been featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and she’s graced stages the world over with renowned artists of all time, including Chris Botti, Chaka Khan, the Rolling Stones, Sting, Nine Inch Nails and more.

Ahead of her performance with Ranky Tanky at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 1, Fischer joined us for a conversation.