In retrospect, we can always choose to rejoice or criticize music by various artists we encounter. For me, this certainly not the artist to say slanderous things about, in fact why even waste time. With this project [Salt], I still enjoy the elegance, strength, beauty and maturity that resonate from within the anointed voice of the truly gifted Hahira, GA native Lizz Wright.
After hearing, Lizz sing (No One But Myself To Blame) on pianists Joe Sample’s “Pecan Tree,” (2002). I instantly fell in love with the soulfulness that dwells within the cavity of this phenomenal songstress. Ms. Wright’s intuitive phrasings are lyrically charged by her heartfelt compassion and enduring substance on her Verve Records debt titled “Salt.” (2003)
From the inception, compositions like “Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly” her voice floats with encouraging lyrics armed with depth and passion. Goose bumps … I’m still amazed with her voice. She eloquently paints an intimate, yet radiant canvas that is graced with thought provoking lyrics. Yes, her vocal prowess contains timeless qualities of Wilson, McRae and Vaughn. Yes indeed, her genuine nuances are exuberant and everlasting. Lizz Wright should no doubt be a permanent fixture in the artistic landscape of jazz, gospel, soul, pop and blues.
Go here, for more details about Lizz Wright. You’ll also, find and interview with Tavis Smiley there.