Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recently had the opportunity to receive and review the new Liz Wright CD, Fellowship, courtesy of Think Tank. Verve Forecast released the new album Fellowship  on September 28. The 12-track gospel-tinged record features a number of traditional songs. Fellowship is the follow-up to Wright’s 2008 record The Orchard, which “CBS News Sunday Morning” declared “one of the best albums of the year” while the Los Angeles Times called it “a creative breakthrough for Wright, whose smoldering, sensual voice now has a vision to go with it.”

This production features several traditional songs that Wright grew up with in church including “Amazing Grace,” “Sweeping Through the City,” and a gospel medley featuring “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Power Lord.” Wright also covers a number of songs by noted writers including “Presence of the Lord” by Eric Clapton and “In From the Storm” by Jimi Hendrix.

Lizz Wright, whom The Wall Street Journal calls “a thoughtful, sensitive soul,” has received critical praise from Time Magazine, NPR, Ebony, Essence, New Yorker and Billboard, and her music is featured in several major television shows. Wright was born in the small town of Hahira, Georgia, to a local minister. She grew up traveling through the South singing with her parents and siblings. She first came to national attention in 2002 when she performed in a series of Billie Holiday tribute shows. Since then, she’s released Salt (2003), Dreaming Wide Awake (2005) and The Orchard (2008), all three critical and fan favorites.

I found the CD to feel reminiscent of Mahalia Jackson, very spiritual, very gospel.  This is an album that allows Lizz the opportunity to stretch and spread her vocal "wings."  In my opinion, she has brought some of us who have heard older spirituals back to an era of forgotten music.  For those who have not, and who may be feeling in the mood for some genuine gospel music, you must check this out.  She has provided an opportunity for her fans to check out one song from this CD by following the link below.

I was provided with several CD's to offer as giveaways and have one left for the first reader interested.  Please leave me a comment letting me know and I will get in touch for your mailing information.