Lizz Wright sitting

As the daughter of a Georgia minister, Lizz Wright grew up singing gospel music. She weaves that call-and-response style into her latest album, “Freedom and Surrender.” The album touches on
music’s healing role in Wright’s journey through divorce and a near-fatal car accident. The soul and jazz singer, whose smoky voice has been likened to that of Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman, performs this weekend at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

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Singer Lizz Wright Taps Into Gospel Roots for San Jose Summer Fest 11 August,2016Michael Krasny

Lizz Wright , singer; her latest album is "Freedom and Surrender"

  • sme

    I really enjoyed the part of this segment went she talked about singing. I would say that was the best part of this interview. The part where they talked about singing.

  • Chris OConnell

    This was excellent. Much more pleasant than discussing a certain never-ending election campaign. Forum should have a lot of musical guests to exploit the power of radio, like when the caller was so moved and thought he had the wrong station because of the music.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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