Lisa Gerrard is an Australian composer and musician who has made a significant and unique contribution to film music. She is perhaps best known as a singer, particularly with her vocals which have been used on many film soundtracks. Her singing could be described as essentially instrumental in nature because it is usually wordless or using fabricated words which give the impression of coming from some ancient or exotic little-known language. To put this another way, the words are unimportant and it is the melodies and character of her deep powerful voice that matters. She started her musical career with the group "Dead Can Dance" along with Bredan Perry, and a number of the group's tracks were used on films. Then she collaborated on a number of projects and films with Pieter Bourke, though it was her collaboration with Hans Zimmer on the film "Gladiator" which was to bring her wider recognition and started an industry craze for ethnic wordless vocals on film soundtracks.
Since then Lisa Gerrard has continued to collaborate with these and other composers and musicians on a variety of projects, and scored a few films on her own including "Whale Rider".