Southern Artist Debuts Latest Album at DCs The Howard Theater

first_imgPerforming artist, Lizz Wright (Courtesy Photo)A second opportunity to debut her latest record Freedom and Surrender at The Howard Theatre has one songstress elated. Lizz Wright is scheduled to perform  on Sept. 11.“I played at The Howard Theater as a part of a dinner to honor Bill Cosby some years ago and I loved it so much that I [told] my agent that I have to come back to this place,” she told the AFRO on Sept. 4. “I’m really excited to be coming back and I really appreciate the audience in D.C.—they’ve been very supportive for a long time.”Fans of Wright appreciate her smooth alto voice over variations of gospel, jazz, pop and folk undertones.“I did some cover songs that I enjoy a lot on this record, but it’s mostly originals because that’s just where I was in my relationship with the music and with the people. I always let those two things drive me and inspire me the most because that’s all we really have—our love for the art and our love for sharing it,” she said.Being forthright about the intricacies of love is what she enjoys most in this album’s storytelling. In her delivery, she connects with not only music, but a visual language. “This album inspired me to sing with a lot of the colors of my voice,” she said. “It wasn’t just about being strong and deep, but it was about enjoying vulnerability as well and singing a little higher in my register in some places because I felt like that was the right color.”From singing in a church choir in a small Georgian town to studying music at Georgia State University in Atlanta and The New School in New York, Wright has topped the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart numerous times. She released her fourth and most recent album, Fellowship, in 2010.“I think I’m made to do this,” she said. “For some reason, I feel like I’m breathing in a deeper way and I’m able to be more present in my life experience when I’m doing this.”last_img