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"More – EE – on – doe." Learn to say it now, because it is sure to become a household name.
Singer/songwriter Liz Moriondo grew up on a farm in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, one of three children who valued family, God’s love, and hard work. Nothing demonstrated her strong work ethic more than her life-long devotion to basketball. She was a star in high school, earning a scholarship to play for Drury University, less than an hour from her hometown and large extended family.
In 2011, she traded in her basketball for a microphone and transferred to Belmont University in Nashville, where she still goes to school. Liz soon began to assemble the “dream team” that would propel her career forward. One member of the team is A-list producer David Huff (Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Lady A, and the Doobie Brothers), who saw Liz’ raw talent and couldn't wait to work with her in the studio. “Liz is a singer who has confidence in what she is and knows exactly where she wants to go," Huff said. "I enjoyed being in the studio and helping her develop her sound further. Her vocal is unmistakably her own, and it's really exciting to see her progress."
The songstress’ career is in overdrive as of late, with a full schedule playing out in Nashville at regular hot spots like the Bluebird Café, the Listening Room, and Belcourt’s Taps and Tapas. She also writes several times a week with a stable of Nashville writers (such as Bonnie Baker, Will Rambeaux, Lari White, and Steve Mitchell) who she has found she "clicks" with and who have grown to truly respect her immense talent. “As I continue to write more, I can feel myself getting better and better. It's like with anything you want to get good at - you have to keep practicing,” said the songbird, perhaps channeling lessons from the basketball court!
Recently, Huff took her in Reba McEntire’s famed studio, Starstruck, to record four new songs. Huff recalled, “It’s an impressive studio. I love to make music there. Liz fit in perfectly with all the splendor that particular studio represents. It was a great week.”
On display during those weeks of recording was Moriondo's unique mix of country, rock, and blues. The musicians that Huff tapped to play on the songs are an absolute “who’s-who” of the Nashville musicians' pool, all playing on countless Grammy, CMA and ACM award-winning projects. But they were still in awe when Liz opened her mouth to sing. Even the recording engineer, who has recorded Nashville royalty like Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, George Strait, and Reba McEntire (and even John Lennon back in the day), was taken aback by what he was hearing.
When Liz plays around town, vocal comparisons are often made to Shania Twain and/or Bonnie Raitt. “That is so flattering, because they're amazing artists. I'm just trying to do my own thing and build a career that's timeless,” Moriondo notes.
If that's her goal, she is certainly well on her way. She has been embraced by the Nashville songwriting community, being asked to play this year at one of their most prestigious songwriting festivals in Key West, Florida. It was a great experience for the BMI writer. “I got to see some amazing writers perform. And it just shows me yet again how deep the songwriting talent is here in Nashville. I am so honored to be a part of it.” One of the “rites of passage” as a songwriter in Nashville is to have another artist on a label cut your song, and Liz recently received word that her milestone has been reached!
As her career continues on this skyrocketing path, it's a perfect time for the young singer/songwriter to reflect on the road that brought her here. The journey began singing in church as early as three, then she began playing fairs and festivals, and finally became a regular at Nashville songwriting joints. From leaving her beloved basketball court in exchange for a stage, to her move to Nashville from Missouri, it has all taught her who she is as a person and artist. Now it's time for the rest of the world to hear Liz Moriondo!