Passionate honest and beautiful, Lizzie Thomas sings the American Songbook with effortless phrasing that naturally swings. She holds a rare ability to sing with absolute precision on lightning speed tempos, while maintaining melodic freedom and control. It stops time.
“I love that I can call a tune, for the rest of my life and I will never sing it the same way. That’s freedom, that’s provocative - That’s jazz.”
Lizzie Thomas started studying classical piano at the age of 8, clarinet at 10, and at age 12 her voice was discovered. She was graduated with a Vocal Performance BA degree from Belmont University, in Nashville TN, where she studied with Sandra Dudley. She also holds a Music Education Degree and certification in early childhood music. In Nashville, she worked with many indie alternative bands on keyboards while developing her authentic jazz presence and voice.
She recalls, “I fell in love with the improvisational spirit of jazz and the emotions proclaimed and evoked. I listened only to Billie Holiday for a year when I first heard her voice. I was mesmerized by the musical heartache in her delivery. It was Billie that taught me to sing only what was true to my heart.”
Thomas moved to New York, the jazz capital of the world. In NYC she has worked with top musicians and producers including Russell Malone, Jay Leonhart, Xavier Davis, Alvester Garnett, Michael Kanan, Ron Affif, John Colianni, Frank Lacy, Antoinne Drye, and Pasquale Grasso. She has recorded three albums to date and released each independently. More Than You Know (2010), Easy To Love (2013), and her timeless holiday offering Santa Baby. Her latest album New Sounds From the Jazz Age is being released in January of 2020.
Ms Thomas performs regularly in NYC at clubs, hotels, restaurants, private parties and corporate events. For nine years she has held a resident monthly gig at 90 Thompson St in Soho, NYC.