Her father was a classical pianist, who was under the guidance of Vladimir Horowitz. Her biological background is vast as it includes German, Italian, Irish and Cherokee. Fiorillo also has three brothers and is married to Michael Dease.
At the age of fifteen she won the 1983 Star Search talent show.
In 1987, she was signed to Chrysalis Records. She first performed the song "Jackie" on the Summer School soundtrack and caught the eye of John "Jellybean" Benitez who asked her to be the lead vocalist on two songs on his 1987 album Just Visiting This Planet. One of the song, "Who Found Who", was a hit woldwide reaching the Top 20 in many countries in addition to great club success. At the same time, Elisa Fiorillo released her self-titled debut album that she promoted with the help of the pop single "How Can I Forget You" but she did not manage to get the same success.
She released her second album I Am in 1990 recorded at Prince's Paisley Park recording studio after she had contributed, as a backing vocalist, to the soundtracks of Grafitti Bridge and Batman. Several songs from the album were produced and written by Prince himself. The album scored a top 30 hit in the US with "On The Way Up". Elisa Fiorillo also appeared on Prince's album Diamonds And Pearls being the backing vocalist on two songs.
She then mainly did back-up singing. Fiorillo sang back-up for Savage Garden on the Superstars and Cannonballs tour and for Billie Myers among others. As a lead singer, she has appeared on "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" singing "Don't Be Afraid".
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Dance||UK||Album|
|1987||"Who Found Who" (with John "Jellybean" Benitez)||16||3||10||Just Visiting This Planet (from John "Jellybean" Benitez)|
|1987||"A Little Too Good To Me" (with John "Jellybean" Benitez)||-||-||-||Just Visiting This Planet / Elisa Fiorillo|
|1987||"How Can I Forget You"||60||47||50||Elisa Fiorillo|
|1988||"Forgive Me For Dreaming"||49||-||83||Elisa Fiorillo|
|1988||"You Don't Know"||-||50||-||Elisa Fiorillo|
|1988||"Do Something Foolish"||-||-||-||Elisa Fiorillo|
|1988||"High Bright Night" (Japan only)||-||-||-||-|
|1990||"On The Way Up"||27||31||83||I Am|
|1991||"Ooh This I Need"||90||-||-||I Am|