At the tender age of 17, Liz began her professional career as singer in her hometown of New Orleans while attending the University of New Orleans. She began writing and recording original music shortly afterwards utilizing the inspiration of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, R&B, Dixieland, funk, and parade music. Liz embraced the diversity of her musical and creative upbringing and transformed those into her own eclectic style of music.
Liz moved to Fort Collins in December of 1987 and found an enthusiastic audience in the region. KBCO picked up on the growing interest in her music and included her song, “Don’t Worry” on the 2nd Live from Studio C recording.
Liz has released three CDs of her original music and is included on several other artists’ CDs as a guest performer. She has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival as well as Lyons Folks Festival, Winter Park Music Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, New West Fest, and Kerrville Folk Festival among others.
Over the course of her career, Liz has toured extensively in the US and has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes including the subdudes, Emmylou Harris, Ruthie Foster, Dave Mason, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Liz moved to Nashville in 2006 and during that time wrote and performed in the trio "Faces of Eve" with Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz.
Liz returned to Fort Collins in 2008 and continued to perform with her band as well as solo/duo/trio performances. In 2014, Liz joined Boston based folk artist, Catie Curtis on her CD release tour across the US where she accompanied Catie on cajon and harmony vocals as well as playing several of her own songs. Liz loves to write, record, and perform and will continue to do so until she is no longer physically able.
In addition to her music, Liz is devoted to serving her community and world. She volunteers much of her time and talent to organizations that support and protect women and children as well as Equal Rights Organizations.
In October 2015 Liz released her 4th CD, "Welcome Back". The new CD was co produced by Liz and Loveland CO based guitarist/producer/enginner, Dave Beegle and features performances by Bryon Holley on all things drum, percussion and backing vocal; Eric Moon on piano, Hammond B3, accordion, John Magnie (subdudes) on backing vocal and accordion, Steve Amedee (subdudes) backing vocal, Tommy Malone (subdudes) electric and slide guitar, Dave Beegle on guitars, Marty Rein, Michael Olson and Tim Cook (subdudes) holding down the bass duties; Glenn Taylor on pedal steel; Cary Morin on backing vocals; and more!
Dave Beegle - guitars
Eric Moon - keyboard/piano/accordion/vocals
Bryon Holley - drums/percussion/vocals
Marty Rein - bass
Liz Barnez - guitar/vocals