Liz Clarke is a singer/songwriter mainly in the area of celtic/conteporary christian music,
Since the release of her 2011 album, Path Of Dreams, as well as on-going live gigs in the UK and USA, and a 6 month residency in the UK touring theatre production, 'Celtic Dream' Belfast's own Liz, has continued to collaborate and record with multi-instrumentalist and producer, Paul McIlwaine. In these sessions, they both took the opportunity to write and record songs in differing styles, These recordings sat on the hard drive in Paul's studio, until encouraged by Plankton Records to pull an albums worth of material together, the result is, 'Destiny' the album features 10 songs from blues, through east coast flavoured rock, to ballads. The album is available iTunes etc.from May 12th 2014
Liz Has traveled widely to sing, and demand for live performances, has seen Liz complete two USA tours in the last three years, as well as three Christmas tours in the UK..
Liz is also in demand in her native Northern Ireland to sing at festivals and concerts.
She has had a number of songs published and released on the Authentic, and Kingsway labels.
Liz was presented with a Radio Mike award at the UKCMA Event 2010, for her contribution to Christian music. This was presented to her by George Hamilton 1V Liz was also awarded folk artist 2011 by UKC
Liz has recently been interviewed by the well known DJ, George Jones on Downtown Radio, Northern Ireland. They are now playing her song, A Mother's Love, written by Liz, in memory of her mother who passed away from cancer. The song is receiving great feedback.
Reviewed by Tom Lennie
'Path Of Dreams' is the Belfast singer's sixth album release to date, though in reality it's a major re-working of her 2010 independent recording 'Pure', the songs having been re-recorded and re-mixed for greater effect. While her music has often been regarded as 'Celtic' on account of her haunting pure vocals, it isn't overtly so. What we're treated to is a stream of self-composed songs (co-written with Paul McIlwaine|) that come over with a fresh inspirational and occasionally soft pop feel. "Holy Rain" and "Frisco"; in particular, appear in upbeat, catchy format. Others carry a gentler, wistful atmosphere. These are uncluttered sounds, allowing Liz's crystal vocals to gain rightful eminence, while the sensitivity and expertise of McIlwaine's instrumental playing on a host of tools, along with his mixing and production skills, add significantly to the overall quality of the recording. These revisited songs of faith, love and life make for a truly refreshing listen
Singer/songwriter Liz Clarke, from Northern Ireland, has performed all over the US and Europe with her brand of celtic influenced music. Liz has just released her fifth album, 'Path of Dreams', consisting of 13 all original songs of faith, love and life written by herself and multi-instrumentalist and album producer Paul McIlwaine.
Atmospheric opening track 'Holy Holy' immediately took me by surprise. Liz's almost choir-like voice slowly, carefully and precisely sings the words "Holy Holy is the Lord Almighty" whilst a dance style drum beat and trance rhythm blends with electro-synth music. This intriguing mix of traditional styled vocals with extremely contemporary music provides a unique sound. Kind of like Aled Jones meets Pet Shop Boys, if that doesn't sound too bizarre (and it's certainly not meant in a bad way).
Title track 'Path Of Dreams' takes a different approach, as acoustic guitars lend a cowboy country and western vibe to the song. 'Brand New Day' is also acoustic guitar led by but with a more upbeat feel and some quirky twangs. The carefully picked guitar work continues in 'Whispers Of Love', which is a song that really shows what Liz is capable of achieving with her strong and well controlled voice, reaching high notes with ease.
In 'Pure' Liz sings "Alluring, so gracious. Breathtaking, indescribable. Irresistible" as the song tries to find words to describe God. The classical guitar work here is brilliant and a deep clang of a gong sounds as the song brakes out into a brass section for the extremely high pitched chorus of "Hallelujah". It's a totally different musical style to the opening track, but no less impressive.
'Frisco' reminds me a bit of that famous song 'Big Yellow Taxi' with its snappy rhythm and happy vibey vocals. 'Sweetly Broken' features some strange percussion sounds and more great examples of Liz's superb voice, while 'Holy Rain' sees a much more upbeat guitar riff and a bongo style drum beat draws the focus on to the fabulous instrumentation.
'I Believe' isn't far from country territory with some nice electric guitar twangs interspersed with the jangling acoustic, while 'The Fallen' has a stunning chorus backed with rousing rock guitars and a pounding, rising beat: "Become like a child with hope in your eyes. Dare to believe that the fallen can rise". A superb song that narrowly misses out on my top three for the album. Likewise, the excellent closing track 'Only You' has worshipful lyrics backed by a strong drum beat and pleasing bass line to produce a clap-along style crowd pleaser suitable for any concert.
Blessed with a brilliant traditional female soloist's voice, Liz would have been forgiven to stick to a safe, tried and tested, classical operatic style album. But her versatile vocals, accompanied by some cleverly worked instruments and wide ranging musical styles, have come together superbly to produce this unexpected gem of an album.
Review by Dave Wood
LTTM Ratings 4 Out of 5 Stars
Destiny - 2014
Emmanuel - 2012 Christmas album
Path Of Dreams -2012
Pure - 2011
The Dream - 2009
Into His Presence - 2007
Worshiping Warriors - 2002
Mary Did You Know - duet with Viv Neville (2012)
I Think About Jesus - 2012
Advent - 2012
Breath Of Heaven