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Roots in the home of gospel
The sixth of seven children, Elizabeth McComb grew up in an African-American family that originally came from Mississippi. Her father, a factory worker, died when she was very young. Her mother was very religious, as was the whole family, and she became a preacher and the pastor of a Pentecostal church. Three of her sisters formed a vocal group called The Daughters of Zion, which was very popular in local churches. Many years later, they would sometimes accompany McComb during her concerts. McComb started singing at the early age of three. At home, the children grew up listening to the great gospel singers: The Staple Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and above all, Mahalia Jackson who became McComb's idol and her role model. The young girl learned Jackson's entire repertory by heart. In the meantime, her only brother played jazz trumpet and introduced McComb to the great jazz musicians - Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Max Roach as well as Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.
McComb began with violin but decided to switch to the piano, an instrument with which her "heartstrings feel perfectly in tune", in her words. She learned to play the piano on her own and one day she decided to take the plunge and replace her pianist at a moment's notice. Gradually, she became one of the best pianist-singers of her generation. While still young, she joined the Karamu House Theater school and then the cultural center's theater company.
Beginnings as a singer
McComb had always been complimented for her voice and she started thinking of maybe becoming a Broadway star. She left for New York and started auditioning for shows and musicals. With the support of her cousin, Annie Moss, she toured in Europe as part of the itinerant "Roots of Rock'n’Roll" show.
The European period
From that period on, she regularly stayed in Europe, traveling back to the United States several times a year.
- Acoustic Woman, 1992, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- Rock my Soul, 1993, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- Live, 1994, (Back to Blues/GVE/licence Sony) distribution EMI
- Trilogy Coffret 3 CDs, (Back to Blues/GVE) épuisé
- Time is Now, 1996, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- Live à l'Olympia, 1998, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- Le Meilleur de Liz McComb, 1998, (Back to Blues/GVE/licence TF1 musique)
- The Spirit of New Orleans, 2001, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- L'Essentiel/FIRE, 2001, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- Soul, Peace & Love, 2007, (Back to Blues/GVE) distribution EMI
- The Sacred Concert, 19 Mai 2009, (GVE) distribution Naïve
- Saint-Augustin – (solo & duo) Paris
- Olympia – Paris – DVD distribution EMI
- Vienne Jazz Festival – 1999 and 2002
- Parc Floral Jazz Festival – Paris
- Eglise de La Madeleine – Paris 1995 and 1996
- Basilique Sainte-Clotilde – Paris
- Eglise des Invalides – Paris
- Eglise Saint-Sulpice 2002 – Paris
- Opéra de Lyon 1994
- Athènes (Acropole)
- Festival de Fes avec l'ARC gospel choir
- Vittoria Jazz festival
- Quai du Blues/Nouvel Obs Event – Paris
- Bethléem 24-12-99
- Music Mania with 3 pianos ensemble
- Palais des Sports de Paris, HD (feb 2007)
- Festival de Coutances, HD (May 2007)
- Liz McComb Biography by Linda Seida. allmusic.com 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.