The daughter of a minister and music director in rural Georgia, Lizz Wright grew up playing piano and singing in her father’s church. Her music calls up the lively passion of Southern sacred tradition, connecting the texture of church music with the groove of jazz, endowing both with new depth and radiance. Her extraordinary voice “simmer[s] with midnight heat and the cadences of gospel music,” according to The Guardian. Across six critically acclaimed records, she has cemented her place as one of the most captivating, versatile vocalists of her generation.
Wright, who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, hits a new high with her 2017 recording, Grace, a compelling combination of Appalachian earthiness and big-city cool, created with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Joe Henry. On it, Wright transforms “Stars Fell on Alabama,” into a folk dream, while a church choir forms the backdrop for her tender rendition of “Seems Like I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You.” Grace landed on the year-end list of The New York Times, which called it “a generous bestowal from one of today’s great voices.”
“Soulful, spiritual, spellbinding.” — The Telegraph
“Wright translates with phenomenal fluency between inner awareness and outward demonstration, individual seeking and conscious communion, ecstasy and empathy.” — NPR
“Wright has emerged as the doyenne of current jazz singers, able to inhabit and transform songs from disparate genres.” — The Guardian
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