Verve Forecast releases the new album Fellowship by acclaimed singer Lizz Wright on September 28. The 12-track gospel-tinged record features a number of traditional songs long held sacred by Wright alongside originals by guest performers Angelique Kidjo, Meâ€™Shell NdegÃ©ocello, Joan as Policewoman and social activist and songwriter Bernice Johnson Reagon, among others.
Produced by Brian Bacchus, Fellowship is the follow-up to Wrightâ€™s 2008 record The Orchard, which â€œCBS News Sunday Morningâ€ declared â€œone of the best albums of the yearâ€ while the Los Angeles Times called it â€œa creative breakthrough for Wright, whose smoldering, sensual voice now has a vision to go with it.â€
Fellowship continues Wrightâ€™s celebrated collaboration with acclaimed singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon, who co-produced the new album and wrote/performed on a number of tracks on Wrightâ€™s previous release.The recordfeatures several traditional songs that Wright grew up with in church including â€œAmazing Grace,â€ â€œSweeping Through the City,â€ and a gospel medley featuring â€œIâ€™ve Got a Feelingâ€ and â€œPower Lord.â€ Wright also covers a number of songs by noted writers including â€œPresence of the Lordâ€ by Eric Clapton and â€œIn From the Stormâ€ by Jimi Hendrix. Bernice Johnson Reagon performs on two tracks, including â€œI Remember, I Believeâ€ which she composed.
Lizz Wright, whom The Wall Street Journal calls â€œa thoughtful, sensitive soul,â€ 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, sheâ€™s released Salt (2003), Dreaming Wide Awake (2005) and The Orchard (2008), all three critical and fan favorites.