Grammy-winning artist Lady Rizo has announced the release of her debut studio album Violet. The New York City chanteuse and cabaret sensation’s full-length album will be released today, a day before she kicks off a tour that takes her from New York to London, off to Australia and then to the West Coast.
Lady Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown), has revived the genre, enchanting audiences across the U.S. and abroad with her dynamic voice and comedic, charismatic “caburlesque” performances. She won her first Grammy in January 2010 for a duet with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma on his 2008 album Songs of Joy & Peace and has also performed with multi-platinum recording artist Moby.
In her debut album, Lady Rizo showcases both her vocal and songwriting talents, producing a collection of songs that are powerful, elegant, bold and utterly captivating. Her performance on her original “Ink Dip,” brings a soulful, sensual swagger to the pop genre while Rizo’s anthem “Song of Freedom” highlights the strength and power of her voice in both her singing and songwriting. In “Close to you,” Lady Rizo fuses Burt Bacharach’s “Close to You” with “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” in an imaginative duet with award-winning alternative comedian/musician Reggie Watts. The album, recorded in Brooklyn and San Francisco last summer, also features a beautiful, new rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and another pair of memorable originals – “Dominika” and “Hard Reason.”
“An ardent champion of live entertainment” (New York Times), Lady Rizo celebrates the release of her album with shows at Joe’s Pub in New York City on 20 & 21 November. Lady Rizo’s tour also features a one-night stand at The Rrazz Room in New Hope, Pa., a triumphant return to London with 14 performances at the Soho Theatre, a week in Sydney, Australia and a week on the West Coast. Dates and venues for her West Coast run will be released on Nov. 19.
For more on Lady Rizo, her tour and to see her live videos, go to ladyrizo.com.