Lizz Wright is one of the incredible singers coming to our 2018 June Experience. She will be playing before Leslie Odom Jr. on Friday, June 22nd at the Benedict Music Tent. Get to know more about Lizz Wright with five things you didn’t know:
1. She was born on January 22, 1980 in the small town of Hahira, Georgia. Her father was the minister of her church and Lizz grew up singing in the choir and eventually became the church’s musical director.
2. She attended Houston County High School, where she was heavily involved in choral singing, receiving the National Choral Award. She went on to Georgia State University to study singing and later studied at The New School in New York and Vancouver.
3. She has released 6 critically acclaimed albums since 2003. She is known for crossing genres and is a steward of American music. And has worked with many different jazz and folk artists such as: Joe Sample, Danilo Perez, Gregory Porter, David Sanborn, Amos Lee, Toots Thielemans, Regina Carter and many more.
4. She use to live in the mountains 40 minutes outside of Asheville, North Carolina so she is a mountain girl at heart and is where a lot of her musical inspiration comes from. “I really like being on the mountain the most, because I like talking to people about what’s growing and what to harvest.”
A week before she was suppose to record “Lean In” she was in a terrible car accident where: “I saw the 75 ravine over the frozen creek, where my car was held in suspension by this young tree, I had a different feeling for the words in the chorus. I was actually just super grateful that I finally had an encounter with death. So it was great to walk into the studio with this really tender reverence for my life, and profound gratitude and wonder.” – From an interview on NPR found here