Lizz Wright (born January 22, 1980) is an American jazz singer and composer.
Wright was born in the small town of Hahira, Georgia, one of three children and the daughter of a minister. She started singing gospel music and playing piano in church as a child, and also became interested in jazz and blues. She attended Houston County High School, where she was heavily involved in choral singing, receiving the National Choral Award. She went on to Georgia State University in Atlanta to study singing. Since then she has studied at The New School in New York, and in Vancouver. She currently resides outside Hendersonville, NC.
Wright joined the Atlanta-based vocal quartet In the Spirit in 2000, which soon achieved critical acclaim, and in 2002 she signed a recording contact with Verve Records, where her soul-meets-jazz-pop stylings immediately earned favorable comparisons to Anita Baker, Regina Belle, Cassandra Wilson, and Tracy Chapman.
Her first album, ''Salt'' was released in the Spring of 2003 (and reached number two on the ''Billboard'' Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2004), followed by ''Dreaming Wide Awake'' in June 2005 (which reached number one on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2005 and 2006).
Label: Verve Forecast | Released: 2005 | Length: 49'20"