Liz Vice Is Getting Big In The National Press

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…and she plays Newport on Thursday night.

Portland singer Liz Vice appearance on the national stage has been brief, but in a few short months, she’d left a big impression. She popped up on NPR’s radar back in July when Oregon Public Broadcasting did a quick profile on her…and then NPR listed her song “Empty Me Out” as one of their “Songs We Love“. This was followed up in September with a more in depth interview for Weekend Edition.

This apparently placed Liz on NBC’s radar, as they just published their own piece Out of Portland: Singer Liz Vice is Bringing and Baring Her Soul.

Why is this 32 year old woman, who didn’t know gospel music…or singing, until about 6 years ago, making such a deep impression within the genre?

Well, watch “Empty Me Out” to get an idea why.

Liz Vice really bares her soul in her music…and she has a really amazing soul.

“I think that having health problems, being near death from the age of fifteen to twenty-two, makes me curious and makes me want to take risk,” she said. “Even though I make less money than most of my friends, I’ve still been able to pay my rent and pay the bills and even travel the world… But these songs remind me that life doesn’t revolve around me. These songs, these truths, save me from myself, my doubt, I can’t waste my time on these lies.”

What makes Liz’s Newport show at The Cafe at Parlor on Thursday night extra special is that it’s the only New England appearance on her tour.

Local favorites Chelley, Bill & Dyl will open.

Get your tickets here or pay at the door.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Gospel Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?