Lady Rizo

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Lady Rizo
Lady Rizo at Joe's Pub 2009 01.jpg
Lady Rizo performing at Joe's Pub in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAmelia Zirin-Brown
Also known as"Lady Rizo"
BornNew York City, U.S.
Years active2004–present
LabelsSony Classical

Lady Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) is an American singer, comedian and actress who began her career performing in New York City in 2004. She is featured on the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine" on Yo-Yo Ma's 2008 Christmas album Songs of Joy & Peace.


In 2005, Amelia Zirin-Brown co-created the show "Lady Rizo and the Assettes" with Amber Star Merkens. The show drew from theater, vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret and performance art. Lady Rizo sang largely vintage arrangements of 1980s and 1990s pop songs. She has a solo residency at Joe's Pub[1] entitled "Lady Rizo: Unescorted", that began in the winter of 2009.

She is featured on the track "Pale Horses" for Moby's album Wait for Me (as Zirin-Brown).[2]

Zirin-Brown was featured on the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine" for Yo-Yo Ma's 2008 Christmas album Songs of Joy & Peace which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2010.[3] She also starred in Taylor Mac's five-hour show at HERE Arts Center, The Lily's Revenge.[4][5]

Lady Rizo released her debut album Violet on November 19, 2013.[6] Her second album Indigo was released in late 2017. The recording was completed in Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.


As an actress she has collaborated with Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher in his 2001 production of Cymbeline and with Adam Rapp in Los Angeles at the Flea Theatre (for which she co-wrote the original score). She is also featured in the 2013 film Joy de V.


  • 2013 Violet
  • 2017 Indigo

with Moby[edit]

  • 2009 "Pale Horses" (as Amelia Zirin-Brown) on Moby's album Wait for Me

with Yo-Yo Ma[edit]


  1. ^ "Joe's Pub". 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  2. ^ "Moby Picks: Lady Rizo And The Assettes". 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  3. ^ "Amelia Zirin-Brown | The Official Yo-Yo Ma Site". Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  4. ^ Risinger, Zak. "Theatre Is Easy | Reviews | The Lily's Revenge". Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  5. ^ Cohen, Alix (2009-11-08). "The Lily's Revenge—A Flowergory Manifold « Woman Around Town". Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  6. ^ "Violet - Lady Rizo". Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Employees Only Repeal Day Party Was Quite the Bacchanal - Grub Street New York". 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  8. ^ "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". 1964-08-04. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  9. ^ [1] Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Behanding in Spokane, Sin, Lady Rizo". 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  11. ^ "The Little Death w/ Lady Rizo & the Assettes - Flavorpill New York". 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2013-11-15.

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