Vocalist Carol Fuller may have had many wild experiences in her life, but nothing compares to the high she gets from performing as vocalist for jazz band Hip Graffiti. Born in Wheaton, Ill., Fuller got her first guitar at the age of 13. She taught herself a few chords and then started singing and playing with folk and blues bands throughout high school. Fuller cites some of her early influences as Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Bessie Smith. At 18, she was the first female to enroll as a jazz vocal major at the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, Wi. It was there that she had the opportunity to study the principles of jazz theory and play with respected musicians including trumpeter Brian Lynch and sax player James Chance. After two years at the Conservatory, Fuller toured the Midwest with a Top 40 band. She then moved to Chicago, owned her own hair salon, and was president of the local business association.
This change of lifestyle restricted Fuller’s performing to weekends, but she would soon find out that it just wasn’t enough to satisfy her innate desire to perform. It was not long before Fuller traded in her scissors and comb for a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where she would study at the highly prominent and extremely demanding Musicians Institute. It was during her time at the Musicians Institute that she met husband, and Hip Graffiti guitarist, Jay Myerson. They not only enjoyed the same musical influences and inspirations, but found their blend of talent and dedication a necessary ingredient to the formula to success in the music industry. She spent two years in the United Kingdom teaching and singing with a trio band, and then moved back to California so that she could teach with former JVC recording artist, Keyyn Lettau, at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena. Fuller taught there for two years, and studied with Lettau for 10 years. Lettau’s influence upon Fuller is heard heavily in the Brazilian sound woven throughout This is: Hip Graffiti.
Now, both Fuller and Myerson spend much of their time and energy recording the music of Hip Graffiti and other local musicians in their own NoteFarm studios. Fuller also is an avid gardener, and takes great pride creating new and varied arrangements within the cool and inviting surroundings of her San Diego garden. While she is certainly well equipped to sing jazz standards exactly how they are meant to be heard, she is hardly a traditionalist, and lives a life full of passion for her art.