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Few people are blessed with a voice like LZ Love’s and even fewer are as inspiring and exciting to watch on stage as the Chicago native. LZ Love defies genres. Whether she’s singing R&B, gospel, funk, dance, blues, or country music, one thing is certain: everything LZ does is dripping with soul.
LZ began her career at 16 singing backgrounds for the legendary Sylvester in San Francisco. As a background singer she toured with Clarence Clemmons, Billy Preston, James Brown, and for many years, the Queen of Motown, Mary Wells. At Mary Wells’ funeral, LZ led Amazing Grace with Barry Gordy Jr., Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson. LZ spent time singing with the Walter Hawkins Singers of “Oh, Happy Day!” lineage.
Finally stepping out on her own, LZ Love presented herself as an artist opening up for the likes of Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, Damian Marley, and George Benson. She moved to London in 1995, and immediately began blazing the European Dance Charts. Having several underground hits and her song “Lift me Up” clock #2 on the UK Dance chart, news of LZ’s success made its way back to the States. She returned to California to do several shows with Parliament/Funkadelic. At a pivotal point in her career, with her song “See the Light” hitting #1 on the UK dance chart and Parliament/Funkadelic asking her to permanently join the band, LZ decided that there were some things that were more important than her flourishing career; She gave it all up to go and spend time with her severely ill mother in Louisiana.
After her mother’s passing, she jumped right back into the scene by joining Michael Franti and Spearhead. She sang co-lead and background vocals on the “Everybody Deserves Music” and “Yellfire” albums. She was also featured on his smash protest hit, “Bomb the World.”
After playing with Michael Franti, LZ again decided that she wanted to focus more on her solo career and moved to Austin, Texas. LZ’s discography boasts over 10 releases and countless inclusions on compilations.
LZ Love is an advocate for peace and acceptance and has spent her life standing up to adversity and encouraging people to – above all else – be true to themselves through her music. No stranger to telling the truth, LZ Love was recently featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle detailing her own struggles and triumphs through adversity.
LZ Love currently spends her time writing and singing soul music with the funkiest band in Austin, Texas. Members of her band have played in the bands of Cyril Neville, Sister Sledge, Reggie Calloway, Terrance Simien, Monk Boudreaux, and Wayne Toups. They are right now in preproduction of some new, super funky material that is gonna do what LZ does best: tell you the unashamed truth, empower you, and tractor beam your ass to the dance floor!