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"There's A Light" is Liz Vice's debut album, and we here at Deeper Well could not be more excited about it if we tried (trust us, we tried, couldn't get more excited)! Recorded almost entirely live to analog tape over the spring & summer of 2013 in Portland, OR, this album is a gospel-fueled nod to the R&B / soul records of the 60's and 70's - modern enough not to be "throw back", classically influenced enough to feel timeless.
When I was a kid I would go into the basement and play the “Lion King” soundtrack over and over while I performed a dance alone for hours. Being the middle child of five children in a single parent home allows for one to vanish without anyone noticing.
I wanted to perform. I wanted to be an actress. Growing up poor, being brown little brown girl, didn't lend itself to a lot of opportunities to pursue the dream of acting. I can remember at a very early age waking up to the sound of mother singing “Rise and Shine and give God the glory” when she wanted us up for school - to this day that song kind of drives me crazy, but this early memory just reminds me that I have always been around music.
My absent father is a very talented award winning musician, with his PhD in music, and he is still involved in the music business to this day. Although he has never been a presence in my life, I can’t deny that the musical gene has passed on to me.
Music was all around me, but never something I prayed that God would open doors for me. I was always afraid to sing on stage, and to this day my throat feels as though it’s caving in until I pray the simple prayer: “LORD, sing over me and I will sing over the people.”
One evening I was watching a man perform a cabaret of his favorite Broadway show tunes. As I sat and watched this man perform, I was hit with an image of me sitting in a classroom. The classroom was filled with students and God was standing at the front. He asked, “Who is up for the challenge?” All of the students raised their hands. I kept my hand down, and my head bowed. I didn't want Him to notice that I had decided that whatever He was asking wasn't my calling. The LORD slowly began to walk towards me and tapped on my desk. I look up and He asked again, “Are you up for the challenge?” I sat there and then I nodded yes. Who is going to tell God ‘NO’!?
So here I am, singing. Singing in church, singing with well-known local artists, and even though I can’t claim that the opportunities in music are because of what I've done, I will declare that saying “YES” to God's calling will open your eyes to reasons for why you shouldn't put yourself in a box.
Liz Vice - vocals
Eric Earley - guitar & vocals
Josiah Sherman - keyboards, percussion, backup vocals on "Everything is Yours"
Robbie Augspurger - bass
Ryan Wesley Peterson - drums
Holly Ann Winchell - harmony vocals
Laura Kucera - strings
Produced by Josiah Sherman & Eric Earley
Mixed by Josiah Sherman
Engineered by David Pollack at Jackpot Studios (Portland, OR), & Danny O'Hanlon at Bungalow 9 Studios (Portland, OR)
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering (Portland, OR)
All songs written by Josh White (Touch The Sun Music, 2013) except for:
"There's A Light" by Shirley Ann Lee
"Pure Religion" by Josh White Jr