The Wright Stuff
I hate to admit it but I hadn't heard of Lizz Wright until Monday. I am quite impressed with her third album The Orchard. The Georgia native has a distinctive voice that reminds me of gospel great Mahalia Jackson and soul legend Mavis Staples. The album has a down home organic feel, the music is inviting and intimate. Wright lends her smokey contralto to the Ike & Tina Turner classic "I Idolize You", Led Zeppelin's " Thank You", Patsy Cline's "Strange" and Sweet Honey In The Rock's " Hey Mann." Original compositions include the gospel and folk infused "Coming Home", "My Heart", "Another Angel" and "When I Fall." Lizz Wright's debut album Salt was released in 2002. Her sophomore album, Dreaming Wide Awake was released in 2005.