b. Lizz Wright, 22nd January 1980, Hahira, Georgia, U.S.A.
Lizz Wright is from the small, Southern Georgia town of Hahira.
The youngest of three children, she has been singing since childhood.
A minister's daughter, Lizz started out singing gospel in church.
She attended Houston County High School, and received the prestigious National Choral Award.
By the end of high school, she was heavily into '70s black pop and drum 'n bass.
Upon graduation, Lizz attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she now resides.
She was also the church's pianist and musical director.
In the summer of '98, Lizz relocated 200 miles south to Macon.
Lizz's most recent studies have been at New York's New School, studying with Dr. Richard Harper, and in Vancouver with vocalist Dee Daniels.
In Atlanta, she performs with the quartet 'In the Spirit' and Lizz has acquired a strong fan base.
In 2000, 'Creative Loafing', Atlanta's alternative newspaper, stated In the Spirit were the best jazz group in Atlanta and said of Lizz Wright:
'Wright is truly a singer's singer. Her beautiful tone and exquisite phrasing, combined with just the right nuance, point to the fact that Ms. Wright may well be Ms. Right. She has it all.'
In a short time, Lizz also built a reputation in the larger jazz community.
Her recording debut on two tracks of pianist and labelmate Joe Samples April 2002 CD, 'The Pecan Tree', prompted excellent reviews and introduced her to Joes large audience.
'I am inspired by music that portrays real life and real people,' states this new vocalist.
In 2003, the album 'Salt' was released on Verve Records.
Lizz travelled to London to showcase her music before a private audience in May 2003.
2005 saw the release of her follow up album 'Dreaming Wide Awake', featuring the song 'I'm Confessin'.
Lizz followed up this release with 'The Orchard' (in 2008), ''Fellowship' (in 2010), 'Freedom & Surrender' (in 2015), 'Grace' (in 2017) and 'Holding Space - Live in Berlin' (in 2022).
Holding Space (2022)
Salt (Verve Records 2003)
Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve Records 2003)
The Orchard (Verve Records 2008)
Fellowship (Verve Records 2010)
Freedom & Surrender (Concord Records 2015)
Grace (Decca Records 2017)
Holding Out - Live In Berlin (Blues & Greens Records 2022)