Liz Vice is a musician best known for her Gospel, soul, and R&B-infused album entitled, There’s A Light. Raised in Portland, Oregon and a recent resident of Brooklyn, Vice has performed with artists such as Joss Stone, Blind Boys of Alabama, Boz Scaggs, and Lake Street Dive. No matter how large the venue, Vice’s genuine approach to her artistry and playful interaction with the audience makes everyone feel as if they are at home sitting on the couch, witnessing a friend sing their heart out.
Rarely does a cover song surface that takes a classic tale and turns it into its own powerful and unique expression. Approaching a tune like Woody Guthrie’s, “This Land is Your Land” is a daunting task, though Liz Vice seemingly effortlessly breaths crisp air into the classic Guthrie song. With a rugged and raw approach to her vocal, Vice truly makes the words her own, shedding new light onto a timeless utterance.
“I sat down and re-wrote lyrics of Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” with my friends Paul Zach and Orlando Palmer just one day shy of the Unite The Right Rally one year anniversary. The purpose was to write lyrics that told the origin story of America. There are a lot of reasons to celebrate being American but one thing that must first be talked about is the history. Healing can’t begin without first acknowledge the gapping wound created by the colonization, the mass genocide of the Indigenous people, and the enslavement of African slaves. There is still much work to be done,” says Vice.