Lizz Wright’s voice is a national treasure! - Upscale Magazine
LIZZ WRIGHT has been charming music fans worldwide ever since she appeared on the late pianist and composer Joe Sample’s 2002 disc, The Pecan Tree. The following year, she gained even wider recognition for her critically acclaimed debut record, Salt. Her mix of traditional blues, folk, and contemporary pop shows the influence of many genres without fitting comfortably into a single one.
Wright was born in the small town of Hahira, Georgia. A preacher’s kid, she sang during most services, and it is there, deep in the joy of ministry, that one can find the roots of the voice and spirit that so captivates listeners. With peculiar focus, she seamlessly weaves through the genres of gospel, jazz, folk, pop, and blues, handling them like colors on a palette. Ultimately, it is the voice, the stories told and the call to connect that transcend categorization and stir her audiences.
She stands in a direct line of descent from Odetta through Tracy Chapman, singers whose source of sustenance is the African-American spiritual experience. - New York Times