Liz Longley performs at Bayou Concerts in Round Rock, Texas on December 19, 2010
During the past year, Liz Longley has received the kinds of accolades and awards that recognize her as one of the finest new talents writing songs today. In 2010, Liz took the Overall Grand Prize, amongst 9,000 entries, in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA). Last summer she garnered three of the top honors on the acoustic music scene: 2009 Co-Winner of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, finalist in the 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition, and Grand Prize Winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival’s Songwriter Showcase.
Liz’s open approach to songwriting across several genres is not only why her music defies classification, it is also why music lovers seem so taken with her performances—they get to enjoy a little Country, some Acoustic Pop, the Blues, and even some Jazz. Graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010, Liz has received Berklee’s highest honor for songwriting, the Scott Benson Scholarship. Her songs have faired well in Berklee’s annual songwriting competitions: “Rush” was chosen as the No. 1 song in 2009, and “Whatever Goes Up” the No. 2 song the year before. An engaging performer, Liz was the student Berklee College of Music selected to represent the school at the 2009 Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, DC.
Liz has been hailed by singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor as “a world-class singer… one of the best I’ve ever heard”. ‘The Telegraph’ of New Hampshire says, “Longley’s songs swell with honesty and genuine emotion that most of us are unable to admit to but recognize all the same.” Pop icon John Mayer broke into an impromptu rendition of Liz’s song ‘Queen’ during a visit to Berklee and has described her music as “gorgeous.” The Washington Post agrees and adds, “This voice won’t stay small long… singer-songwriter Liz Longley seems destined for a bigger audience.”
In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Liz has opened for acclaimed artists such as Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Jesse Colin Young, and Jonathan Edwards.
“Gorgeous… just gorgeous!” – – John Mayer
“A world class singer… One of the best I’ve ever heard.” – – Livingston Taylor
” Longley’s songs swell with honesty and genuine emotion.” – – New Hampshire Telegraph
“I’m surprised a ribcage can hold so much heart.” – – Martin Mallet
“A rare find with phenomenal vocal ability, tone and performance. Longley’s lyrics have the spark and spunk of Patty Griffin, her voice has the eloquence and mastery of Alison Krauss. – – Taxi.com
“Longley delivers songs that stand out for their emotional honesty”. – – Morning Call
“This voice won’t stay small long. Straight from Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley traffics in the type of sweet, heartbreak-ready tones and guitar strummed melodies that seem destined to a bigger audience.” – – The Washington Post Express