Critically acclaimed artist Lizz Wright has joined the Concord Music Group roster. In addition, the singer/songwriter is now managed by Cynthia Herbst, president of American International Artists (AIA).
Wright’s first album for Concord–her fifth overall–is slated for release in September. The set’s chief collaborators are Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Pink) and singer/songwriter David Batteau (Trisha Yearwood, Madeleine Peyroux, Shawn Colvin).
The yet-untitled project is Wright’s first since 2010’s inspirational-themed Fellowship. Bowing at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, the set was Wright’s fourth and final project for Verve. It was preceded by three additional top-charting contemporary jazz albums: 2008’s The Orchard (No. 2), 2005’s Dreaming Wide Awake (debuting/holding at No. 1 for five weeks) and 2003’s Salt (debut/peak at No. 2). Wright’s credits also include guest vocal collaborations with Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Jakob Dylan and Joe Sample.
“Life happened, which is a good thing,” says Wright of her five-year break between albums. “So I have something to talk about, a need to make a record.” Scheduled to begin playing European dates in May, she adds, “I’m enjoying the upper ends of my register now, which really allows me to tell a story. I want to get inside of it like Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. They embody a song, not just sing over it.”