Acclaimed Director Spike Lee Signs On To Direct Debut Video For Singer/Songwriter Lizz Wright

Aug 22, 2003, 01:00 ET from Verve Music Group

    NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike Lee, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated
 director and writer of feature films, music videos and commercials, will
 direct the first music video by Verve recording artist Lizz Wright.  Wright, a
 23-year old native of Hahira, Georgia, released her critically-acclaimed debut
 recording, Salt, in May of this year.
     The video will be for the song "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly," which was
 penned by Chick Corea and Neville Potter and was a hit for Brazilian singer
 Flora Purim in the mid-70s.
     Lee will shoot the video on the 25th and 26th of August on Martha's
 Vineyard.  Lee, who is considered one of the most important and influential
 filmmakers working today, recently wrapped the documentary Jim Brown:
 All-American for HBO and co-authored a children's book Please, Baby, Please
 with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
     Ron Goldstein, President and CEO of the Verve Music Group, enthused "We
 are obviously thrilled that Spike Lee has signed on to direct a video for our
 rising young star, vocalist Lizz Wright.  It is especially gratifying that
 Spike discovered Lizz totally on his own and reached out to us after hearing
 her music and seeing her perform live.  We're all very excited to be working
 with such a visionary director."  Lee commented, "She [Wright] is a wonderful
 new artist and I'm happy to be directing her video."
     Since signing with Verve, Wright has toured the country as a headliner and
 has opened for such legendary talent as Al Green, Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, the
 Neville Brothers and the Crusaders.  She has also performed at the Hollywood
 Bowl's Tribute to Billie Holiday and participated in various commemorative
 concerts honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These performances have
 wowed audiences and earned press accolades throughout the world.
     Wright will be on tour in the United States through the end of the year.
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