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Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright

Some Hollywood flack once cautioned Jack Lemmon that he’d be wise to change his last name, predicting that pun-loving journalists would have a field day with it. Lemmon persevered, as surely will Lizz Wright. Her sensational Verve debut, Salt, is barely two months old and already the 22-year-old minister’s daughter from southern Georgia has heard ’em all. “The Wright Stuff.” “Wright On.” “A Wrighteous Experience.” The list grows as the intense media frenzy builds.

But Wright is handling the zero-to-60 push with quiet dignity. “It’s all kinda crazy,” she giggles, “but the good thing is that the people I have to deal with, the immediate circle I work with, are really calm. If any problems arise from the whole big buzz, I just have to remind myself what a great privilege it is to have my first album get so much recognition.”

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