The Craig Fahle Show

Jazz Singer Lizz Wright

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wright will be performing at the Detroit Jazz Fest tonight as part of a kick off performance alongside Angelique Kidjo and Dianne Reeves in a special production that will honor the music and spirit of great women of jazz, folk, R&B, gospel and blues. According to the Jazz Fest website, "Lizz Wright has received critical acclaim ever since her debut album, Salt, in 2003. Although she is known for topping the jazz charts, she is far from being a traditional jazz singer. She continues her genre-defying style with Fellowship, a nod to her roots in gospel. Growing up in the Pentecostal church, Wright wasn’t allowed to listen to popular music. Oddly—or maybe serendipitously—she made the leap from her early musical life to her present one by putting a secular spin on the spiritual."

Craig sits down to talk with Wright about her career, interpretations of the role of music in her life, and tonight's performance.

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Photo from the Verve Music Group.