"I couldn't believe that words could rhyme and tell a story. It literally felt as if my world went from black & white to color." - Liz Graham
ASCAP Award-winner, chart-topper, over 100,000 copies sold, singer, songwriter, musician, poet; all of these things describe the results, works, and talents of one, Liz Graham.
Liz’s sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Sheryl Crow, Paramore and The Cranberries, and her talent has been recognized by some of the music industry’s top players. But, this wasn’t always the case for Liz Graham.
Hailing from Nyack, New York, Liz Graham’s passion for words and music developed very early in life. When she was eight years old, Liz discovered the Robert Louis Stevenson book of poems, “A Childs Garden of Verses”.
Growing up in an abusive home, Liz sought solace in her newfound book of poems, which opened her eyes to the idea that she could use her two passions of poetry and music to communicate her feelings. "I couldn't believe that words could rhyme and tell a story. It literally felt as if my world went from black & white to color," says Liz.
It would be this epiphany that set Liz Graham on a course with destiny. Using her own money, Liz signed up for drum lessons and formed an all-girl band; eventually teaching herself to play the guitar. But, when she was 18 years old, her elder brother and hero committed suicide, leaving Liz heartbroken and lost.
Like the strong woman that she is, Graham turned tragedy into triumph, using her loss as fuel to help others. Liz threw herself into music and began writing songs focused on helping others cope with their own life struggles.
A fan of folk and rock music greats like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, Liz’s songwriting reflected her influences early on. By the time she was 19, Graham had begun performing publicly as the opener for national acts, and hitting stages at popular New York City hot spots.
Liz Graham’s continued push for musical success led to three wins at the ASCAP Special Awards, for her outstanding appearances in clubs and success at radio. Her ASCAP recognition led to an invitation to attend the ASCAP East Coast Extended Songwriters Workshop where she was introduced to a representative from the now defunct, Tangible Music (a subsidiary of MCA).
After her eponymous CD was released internationally by Tangible Music, it went on to sell over 100,000 copies with virtually no promotion behind it. Liz charted on CMJ, Top 10 Women’s radio, and Top 10 Music in the UK & Japan. In 2000, she was offered several major label deals, but opted to remain independent.
Since that time, Liz has not only built an amazing career, she has also explored her talents beyond the confines of the folk-rock genre she loves. In 2013, Liz co-wrote and sang the techno song, “Daylight” for the DreamWorks Pictures thriller, The Fifth Estate. This gave Liz a refreshed look at her career, and today she is prepping the release of her 2015 CD, which boasts an adult-contemporary style that showcases the metamorphosis of this amazing musical butterfly.