Lizz Wright Lizz Wright

”Music lives in that place where anything can be picked up. It can become a different statement in someone else's hands than in my hands. The fact that it can be passed from hand to hand is something beautiful, almost spiritual. It means different things in different places, and I approached this record as if there is no history. I was just a voice, and I loved it.”

—Lizz Wright

With her latest album, Dreaming Wide Awake, Lizz has simultaneously delivered a record with “no history” and yet one that embraces the history of jazz, gospel, rhythm- and-blues and the singer-songwriter tradition. It is a record where Lizz Wright's voice and vision seamlessly marry songs once performed by Neil Young, Fats Waller, The Beatles, Madonna and Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass to self-penned originals and her collaborations with some of today's most gifted songwriters to create one of the most strikingly original albums of the year.

For the new album, Lizz chose to work with Craig Street, a producer famous for his work with a broad palette of singers (Cassandra Wilson, k.d. lang, Me'Shell NdegéOcello) to shape an incredibly personal album that Lizz feels best reflects who she is right now: “When I first met Craig, he asked me what I liked to listen to and I said I really like stuff like Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice and Sarah McLachlan. I love songs that create moments. At the same time I had this dilemma where I've been trained to sing gospel, choral music and a little bit of opera and was very used to being technical. But I wanted to make the move away from those styles.”

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Lizz Wright Concerts

Date Detail Price
May9Sat
Lizz Wright
Paard van Troje
Den Haag, Netherlands
May11Mon
Lizz Wright
Het Depot
Leuven, Belgium
May12Tue
Lizz Wright
Tivolivredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
€28,35
Jun3Wed
Lizz Wright
Joe's Pub
New York, NY
Jun4Thu
Lizz Wright
Joe's Pub
New York, NY
Apr18Sun
Lizz Wright
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA

Albums by Lizz Wright

Album Grace by Lizz Wright

Grace

Concord Music Group
2017

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Album Freedom & Surrender by Lizz Wright

Freedom & Surrender

Concord Music Group
2015

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Fellowship

Verve Records
2010

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The Orchard

Verve Records
2008

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Trouble

Verve Records
2005

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Hit The Ground

Verve Records
2005

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