It all started when…
Originally from Devon, vocalist instrumentalist & songwriter Lizzy Parks spent her youth tooting a clarinet that her stepfather gave to her as a gift at the age of 7. With countless note books of song lyric scribbles under her bed and a never ending line of melodies in mind, Lizzy joined her first ‘rock/pop’ band and began performing in local nightclubs at the age of 13.
Inspired by enthusiastic music educators throughout her schooling, and with the limitless support of her mother and step father, Lizzy went on to study for a ‘Jazz BMus Honours’ degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying the saxophone, voice and composition.
Outside of the classroom, Lizzy and her musical allies could be found tirelessly performing covers and original music in local bars and music venues throughout the town and eventually across the UK.
Having completed her studies and stepping a foot into musical education herself, Lizzy’s voice was first recorded when she featured in 2001 on the prestigious album of Saxophone player Chris Bowden’s album ‘Slightly Askew’. Her sultry, controlled, delicate yet commanding vocal won her a highly commendable reputation prior to her embarking on her solo career.
Lizzy was then discovered by launched an independent British record label who launched her career as a singer/songwriter in 2005 with her debut album ‘Watching Space’, an intimate glance into the young up and coming singers skill of melody, lyrics and songwriting. Featuring original compositions mixed with an eclectic choice of covers from Billie Holiday to Bjork, this was just a starting point from which she would jump in leaps and bounds on her musical journey.
2008 saw Lizzy’s first release with the acclaimed independent record label Tru Thoughts, a British record label with a reputation for tasteful jazz/soul/groove based signings. They discovered Lizzy’s voice after she was invited to collaborate with the Nostalgia 77 Octet, which achieved a BBC Radio 1 Worldwide Music Award nomination with the powerful track ‘The Hope Suite’.
In 2007, Lizzy featured on the beautiful collaborative album ‘Everything Under The Sun’.
With her second album in 2008 ‘Raise the Roof’ achieving even higher recognition across the UK and in Europe, Lizzy begun gigging in various guises, showing her flexibility in any setting. From intimate acoustic guitar/vocal shows, enthralling and energetic live band shows to fronting the epically proportioned Heritage Orchestra, Lizzy proved to audiences everywhere that she was a talent not to be ignored.
In 2009 Lizzy released the acoustic album `This & That’ featuring versions of songs from her previous albums as well as carefully crafted arrangements of classics such as ‘A taste of honey’, as well as a vocalise of Wayne Shorter’s composition ‘Deluge’. For any critics, this was the moment that launched Lizzy into being a definite ‘one to watch’, up and coming female jazz vocalist.
Having lived in North London since finishing her studies, 2009 saw Lizzy`s move to the South of France where her voice was well placed in the eclectic music scene of Europe. Experimenting with more modern production techniques and storing lots of ideas for forthcoming releases and compositions, Lizzy is currently enjoying concentrating on live performances, composition, musical education and her family with French husband and DJ Thomas Dussuene.