Gospel, soul, and R&B artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story telling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. The songs from the album feature dynamic, soulful vocals, with lyrics are classically influenced enough to feel timeless and reference her deep-rooted spirituality.
When Vice was a little girl, raised by her mother and the middle of five children, she’d hide out in the basement dancing and lip syncing to songs from the radio and soundtracks from her favorite films. Vice vividly remembers her mother’s voice singing “rise and shine and give God the glory glory” every morning to awaken the children, Vice is the middle of five children. With blue painter’s tape on the the notes of a keyboard, placed by her friends who were taking piano lessons, her aunt bought and sit with headphones on her head in the living room for hours mimicking the notes she would hear from an instrumental CD.
At the young age of 19 years old Vice’s health declined and for three and a half years on hemodialysis. Leaving a fight in her and many scars on her body from a fistula. Receiving a kidney transplant in December 2005 marked the beginning of great healing and perspective.
Liz Vice has performed and/or shared the stage with artists such as Eric Early of (Blitzen Trapper), Joss Stone, Josh White (Telecast), The Blind Boys of Alabama, Moorea Masa, Josh Garrels, Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Luz Mendoza (Y La Bamba), Eshon Burgundy (Humble Beast), and more. She has also gained recognition as a performing artist – named one to keep an ear out for in OPB’s One Song, NPR’s Live Wire, Noise Trade, Relevant Magazine, and Willamette Week. No matter how large the venue, Liz’s genuine approach to her artistry and playful interaction with the audience makes everyone feel like they’re sitting at home watching a friend sing their heart out.
Liz Vice has also been a featured artist in Portland for such events as Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Soundcheck, Soul’d Out Music Festival, Siren Nation Music Festival, Music on Main Street, and has opened for such artists as Cody Chesnutt and St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
Ms.Vice is very passionate and has overcome many personal obstacles; she credits her adventurous life to not forcing anything and being willing and available to where ever it is that the LORD leads. “It’s all about risk, and taking risk is never regretful…well, most of the time.”