GOSPEL SYNERGY (Nov./Dec.
Paris, France, Liz Mc Comb grew up in
Cleveland, Ohio where her mother, one of the few women
ever promoted Pastor-priestess preached in front of
a small Pentecostal community (Afro-American branch
of Protestantism) in a simple ghetto warehouse. It's
a particularly frenzied style of Gospel ; in fact
the modern version of the old Negro Spirituals. With
her superb, expressive, ample mezzo voice, Liz could
have easily chosen a classical career. Like Mahalia
Jackson, she dedicated her life to Gospel, thus bringing
to light this musical treasure from the Afro-American
churches into the European community. First member
of the Jean Austin Singers, Liz was also one of the
original members of the Roots of Rock'n'Roll group
who toured throughout Europe.
Her European debut was a hit in Switzerland and Germany.
At present, she is based in Paris where she is currently
on tour in Europe.
In 1981, Liz sung at the International Festival of
Montreux along with the legendary Bessie Griffin,
Taj Mahal, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Luther Johnson
Jr., and Koko Taylor. The successive festivals along
with her powerful stage presence assured her, the
opening acts with Ray Charles and James Brown. Henceforth,
her name appears in highlights in such prestigious
places like : The Casino de Paris, Champs-Elysées
Theater in Paris, Opéra de Lyon, and most recently
at the Olympia in Paris where her free concerts for
the homeless were recorded live and reproduced on
her fifth album : Olympia 1998 Live.
Her recent album, Time is Now (Oct. 96) recorded in
a Los Angeles studio won the distinguished Mahalia
Jackson Prize. A highly esteemed award and honor Liz
received from her peers.
Finally, the Best of Liz Mc Comb (Dec. 98) addresses
the interim and fascinating moments of this "
Love Extremist " who travels from continent to
continent enchanting people everywhere with her jubilating
Gospel music. One of the most generous aspects to
overcome from the African-American culture, thanks
The Jazz collection series of ARTE entitled The Gospel
According to Liz Mc Comb (52 minutes), rightfully
designates her as the heiress from a distinctive line
of Gospel Queens.
Liz Mc Comb's phenomenal success classes her as the
avant-garde singer contributing to the renaissance
of Gospel Music throughout the European continent,
and not short-lived ! Just listen to any one of Diva's
five personnal albums, they are divine. After a review
of liz Mc Combs " Time is Now " it is a
blend of Jazz, R&B, Gospel mix. You can definitely
hear Mahalia Jackson as well as Tina Turner. As a
lover of all music, I really enjoyed her product.
It is no wonder, Liz Mc Comb is ranked the #1 Gospel
Artist in Europe. If you would like to know more about
Liz you can check her website.