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Born in 1980, Lizz Wright is an American vocalist who is mostly associated with her ability to sing gospel and jazz music with a high degree of emotion and clarity. Originally from Hahira in Georgia, the singer also performs blues tracks from time to time. Wright was brought up in the gospel tradition of her community. One of three children, the singer's parents were a minister and a musical director at her local church. Wright began her singing career at her church as a child and she also studied the piano from an early age. The vocalist is known for her ability to blend elements of folk music into her singing style. Some critics have compared her voice to that of Norah Jones, the platinum-selling artist.
Lizz Wright's early career
Already having taken an interest in jazz and blues as a child, Wright went on to study at Houston County High School, where she was a member of the school's choir. Involvement in choral singing led to Wright gaining a great deal of knowledge in harmony theory. Her time spent with the choir meant that she would end up being a co-recipient of the prestigious National Choral Award. Inclined towards a career in professional music making, Wright went on to Georgia State University in order to study vocal performance art.
Wright joined her first professional group in 2000. This was an Atlanta-based, four-piece vocal harmony group named In the Spirit. Around this time, Wright also continued her studies in both New York and Canada. In 2002, the singer gained a recording contract with Verve Records. Her musical compositions had impressed the executives of that label, and having established her vocal style with In the Spirit, the decision was taken to offer her a solo contract.
Lizz Wright's solo career
In 2003, Wright put out her debut album, a work entitled Salt. It got to number two in the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Charts the following year. Recorded at Right Track Studios in New York City, the work featured traditional tracks such as “Walk With Me, Lord” as well as newer songs such as “Silence” and “Salt”, both penned by the singer. Dreaming Wide Awake followed two years later, including touches of pop and folk throughout. This LP went one better and topped the Contemporary Jazz Charts.
Two further albums followed before Wright switched to Concord Records. For that label, she released Freedom & Surrender in 2015. A new album, her sixth, came out in 2017, a work called Grace. Wright has performed all over the world as a solo artist.
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