Lizz Wright

Lizz WrightLIZZ WRIGHT (vocals) was born in the small rural town of Hahira, Georgia, one of three children of a minister father and a mother who sang gospel at church services. She began playing piano and singing in church, and in high school she broadened her musical horizons by studying choral music and performing with a variety of groups. She studied voice at Georgia State University, New York’s New School, and in Vancouver. Returning to Atlanta, she won considerable regional acclaim with the group In the Spirit and, in 2002, gained attention for her performances as part of a touring Billie Holiday tribute, for which she was singled out as a future star. Her 2003 debut recording Salt introduced Wright as both an accomplished songwriter and an effortlessly magnetic performer, delivering subtly persuasive vocal performances in understated jazz and R&B settings. Salt won international acclaim, earning Wright comparisons with such formidable figures as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln. It also struck a chord with the public, reaching the No. 2 slot on Billboard’s jazz album chart. Dreaming Wide Awake followed in 2005, expanding Wright’s interpretive range on a broad array of material, ranging from Fats Waller to Neil Young. Her newest recording, The Orchard, was inspired by a visit to her hometown in Georgia, and was released in 2008.