Lizz Wright (born January 22, 1980) is an American jazz/ R&B singer and composer.
Life and career [ edit ]
Wright was born in the small town of
Hahira, Georgia, one of three children and the daughter of a minister and the musical director of their church. She started singing [1 ] gospel music and playing piano in church as a child, and also became interested in jazz and blues. She attended Houston County High School, where she was heavily involved in choral singing, receiving the National Choral Award. She went on to Georgia State University in Atlanta to study singing. Since then she has studied at [1 ] The New School in New York, and in [2 ] Vancouver, BC. She currently resides outside Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Wright joined the Atlanta-based vocal quartet
In the Spirit in 2000, and in 2002 she signed a recording contract with Verve Records, where her musical compositions and vocal style led her to be compared to that of Norah Jones. [1 ]
Her first album,
, was released in the spring of 2003 Salt and reached number two on the [3 ] Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2004. Her next release maintained the jazz and pop blend, while incorporating folk music to her musical blend. [1 ] was released in June 2005 Dreaming Wide Awake and reached number one on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, Wright released [4 ] to positive reviews. The Orchard [5 ] [6 ] [7 ] She released her fourth album in 2010. Most songs on [8 ] are gospel standards. Fellowship [9 ]
Discography [ edit ]
Guest vocal contributions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d Rizik, Christopher (2003–2010). "Lizz Wright Biography". SoulTracks.com . Retrieved . 2 November 2010
^ "Lizz Wright", JazzTimes .
^ "Salt", Billboard, May 24, 2003.
^ "Lizz Wright, Back with 'Dreaming Wide Awake'", NPR Music, June 14, 2005.
^ Anthony Tognazzini, Review of , The Orchard AllMusic.
^ Christian John Wikane, "Lizz Wright - The Orchard (2008)", Soul Tracks.
^ Jim Fusilli, "Lizz Wright, Refined Risk-Taker", , March 12, 2008. The Wall Street Journal
^ Phil Johnson, "Album: Lizz Wright, The Orchard (Verve Forecast)", The Independent, March 23, 2008.
^ Lizz Wright biography at Verve.
Sources and external links [ edit ]