Liz Brasher is champing at the proverbial bit for the release of her debut album. But even though Painted Image -- whose "Blood of the Lamb" is premiering exclusively below -- isn't out until Jan. 18, Brasher is happy to have advance vinyl in hand and its release in sight.
"I've waited my whole life for this moment, so it's pretty exciting," the Memphis-based singer-songwriter tells Billboard. But Brasher reveals that the feeling isn't one that's shared within her family.
Raised in a religious family of Dominican Republic immigrants and church singers in her native Charlotte, N.C., Brasher was a theology student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago before moving into secular music. And that embrace of secular music has not sat well back home. "My family does not support what I do," Brasher explains. "My dad and I do not speak to one other. It's unfortunate, I know. You wish everybody would be appreciative of what I do, and that this is what I want do. But unfortunately it's not." Brasher doesn't feel that much of the material on Painted Image deals with that situation explicitly, although she acknowledges that it can't help but creep in.