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The last time Lizz Wright performed as a part of American Songbook in 2009, the New York Times described the Georgia-born singer-songwriter as “an awesome talent [who] stands in a direct line of descent from Odetta through Tracy Chapman, singers whose source of sustenance is the African-American spiritual tradition.” A lot of life has happened for Wright since then, and her latest album, 2017’s “potent, sanctified” Grace (Guardian, U.K.), a New York Times Best Album of the Year, reveals a new register that lends an affecting vulnerability to her sensual contralto voice and regal poise. Spurred by the divisiveness of the 2016 election, Wright felt compelled to reconnect with her Southern heritage both physically and artistically. The resulting sound boosts the down-home blues and gospel elements of her musical style that also traverses jazz, folk, and confessional singer-songwriter traditions, arriving at a place where all are welcome.
“Effortlessly capacious voice, both whispery and resounding...This brand of wisdom-singing almost borders on the mythic, but there’s some physical need in her voice that brings things home.”– New York Times
“A worldview in which spirituality and sensuality dissolve into a tantalizing union.”– NPR
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