NPR logo

Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/19360270/25046288" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/19360270/25046288" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Listen to Songs by Wright

Walk With Me, Lord

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/19360270/19352278" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

I Idolize You

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/19360270/19352282" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lizz Wright. Bill Phelps hide caption

toggle caption
Bill Phelps

The music of Lizz Wright offers a youthful yet seasoned mixture of jazz, folk, gospel, and R&B. The Georgia-based 28-year-old singer-songwriter is already a celebrated contributor to the jazz world, having recorded three albums.

Wright's first project, Salt, was a major jazz hit, and it didn't take long for its follow-up, Dreaming Wide Awake, to top the jazz charts following its release. After a year-long hiatus, Wright's new project, The Orchard, already has folks talking.

"I wasn't sure what I was going to come up with," Wright says. "I just really let myself be kind of wild and random."

Wright's eclectic style is part of what distinguishes her from her peers. But as a minister's daughter, she also attributes many of her sensibilities to years spent leading worshippers in song from the church piano.

"Music is still very much about communion for me," she says, "and just talking about what it is to be human."

Wright, whose musical influences include both Ike and Tina Turner, recently visited NPR studios for a performance and interview.

Article continues after sponsorship

WATCH: Wright Performs 'Speak Your Heart' at NPR

Related NPR Stories

Purchase Featured Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Orchard [Bonus Track]
Artist
Lizz Wright
Label
Universal Japan
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?