In Your Ear: Songstress Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright opens her music file and tells listeners what she grooves to when she's not sampling her own work. The popular soul singer shares her appreciation for fellow artists, such as Gilberto Gil and Virginia Rodriguez.

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CHERYL CORLEY, host:

From books to music. Every now and again, we explore new music through the ears of some of our guests in a segment we call In Your Ear. Recently we were listening to musical artists Lizz Wright who was on our show a few months ago. She performed tunes from her latest album "The Orchard." Here's her song "This Is."

(Soundbite of "This Is")

Ms. LIZZ WRIGHT: (Singing) This is magic and this is new beginnings. This is coming to my life, coming to my life. This is sunshine. This is how we're living. This is coming to my life, coming to me. This is almost. This is all I wanted. This is coming to my life, coming to me. Oh take me home.

CORLEY: We thought it would be a good time to share with you the singers and musicians that have influenced Lizz Wright's music, and this is what she told us was playing in her ear.

Ms. WRIGHT: Hi. I'm Lizz Wright and these days I'm listening to Virginia Rodrigues. Her record "Nos" is one of my favorite records.

(Soundbite of "Nos" CD)

Ms. VIRGINIA RODRIGUES: (Singing) (Foreign Language Spoken)

Ms. WRIGHT: I'm also a huge, huge fan of Gilberto Gil.

(Soundbite of Gilberto Gil Singing)

Mr. GILBERTO GIL: (Singing) (Foreign Language Spoken)

Ms. WRIGHT: I pretty much put him on when I go into the kitchen.

(Soundbite of Gilberto Gil Singing)

Mr. GILBERTO GIL: (Singing) (Foreign Language Spoken)

Ms. WRIGHT: Salif Keita. Salif Keita's one of my favorite artists.

(Soundbite of Salif Keita Playing Music)

Ms. WRIGHT: "Moffou" is one of my favorite records.

(Soundbite of "Moffou" CD)

Mr. SALIF KEITA: (Singing) (Foreign Language Spoken)

Ms. WRIGHT: I'm also a huge fan of - let me think. Oh, right. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. But one song I really, really love off the Robert Plant and Allison Krauss record is "The Letter." Like it says, please read the letter that I wrote. I really love playing that record at home.

(Soundbite of "Please Read the Letter")

Mr. ROBERT PLANT and Ms. ALISON KRAUSS: (Singing) Please read the letter. I mailed it to your door. It's crazy how it all turned out. We needed so much more.

Ms. WRIGHT: It's country but it's also got some other elements. It's just - interestingly enough, I'm really picky about what I listen to at home because I don't, you know, some things make me really alert and I go into another world, but when I'm home I want to feel a certain way, and when I listen to that music it reminds me of my home.

(Soundbite of "Please Read the Letter")

Mr. PLANT and Ms. KRAUSS: (Singing) Please read the letter that I wrote.

Ms. WRIGHT: It's just a beautiful record.

(Soundbite of "Please Read the Letter")

Mr. PLANT and Ms. KRAUSS: (Singing) Please read the letter that I wrote.

CORLEY: That's singer Lizz Wright reflecting on the music of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss's song "Please Read the Letter." Wright's new CD is titled "The Orchard."

(Soundbite of "Please Read the Letter")

CORLEY: That's our program for today. I'm Cheryl Corley and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

(Soundbite of "Please Read the Letter")

Mr. PLANT: Please read the letter. Please read the letter. Please read the letter. Oh. Oh. Oh.

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