Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Album:Dreaming Wide Awake
Lizz Wright is a young jazz singer who like Anita Baker, would be just as comfortable singing R & B or gospel. She was born Jan. 22, 1980 in Hahira, GA. Her father was musical director at the local church. By her teen years she was winning awards in local choir competitions. She studied voice at Georgia State in Atlanta and joined the group In The Spirit. It appears the group was very popular in Atlanta but they never recorded. Lizz signed with Verve in 2002 and veteran producer Tommy LiPuma produced the 2003 CD Salt. It was successful but some of the arrangements were a little too busy. Producer Craig Street has worked with Cassandra Wilson & Norah Jones so he was brought in to give 2005's Dreaming Wide Awake a stripped down sound. There is very minimal backing and Street emphasizes Wright's vocal abilities. She gives the old chestnut I'm Confessin' an updated groove. Lizz Wright occasionally writes her own songs but like Cassandra Wilson, she is excellent at updating old songs with her own imprint. Here's Lizz Wright performing I'm Confessin' in Basel, Switzerland in 2005.