After spending the last two years both in Seattle and on the island of Fidalgo, Lizzie Weber traveled to Iceland last March to collaborate with the Academy Award winning artist Marketa Irglova (The Swell Season/Once). Together, they produced and recorded two songs, "River" and "Free Floating” released in November and described by Glide Magazine as "a quiet folk song with angelic harmonies and lush instrumentation that swells into a dramatic, beautiful soundscape."
This release comes immediately after Lizzie's EP, "You." Seattle Weekly premiered the three song EP in September, saying. "Most singer-songwriters can pen a halfway decent breakup tune, but it takes a deft touch to craft aching odes to relationships’ ends while still maintaining a composed confidence devoid of melodrama. Seattle singer-songwriter Lizzie Weber pulls off the feat…"
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, now based in the Pacific Northwest, Lizzie began her journey as a songwriter living in Studio City, California, where she moved at twenty years old to pursue a career in acting. Two years after her move to Los Angeles, she found herself back in St. Louis writing, recording and producing her self-titled debut album as she pursued a degree in Journalism from Washington University.
Lizzie’s roots in St. Louis have a lot to do with a woman so grounded. “I feel as though my upbringing in St. Louis allowed me to develop strong values and a strong sense of self, a kind of self-awareness that sort of catapulted me into writing very personal and emotionally charged music.”
Lizzie’s 2014 debut was well-received. A complete unknown to the St. Louis music scene, local magazine Eleven was the first to review the album, dubbing Lizzie “Your Favorite New Artist of 2014.” Huffington Post called her single “Falling Like Fools” “your favorite new song about heartbreak,” while the music video for the song was an official selection at seven International film festivals, winning “Best Music Video of 2016” at the Reel Teel Film Festival. No Depression called her debut, “a confessional record, but one that is very well handled, never straying into the over-dramatic, but instead honing in on a sound which is personal, powerful, and, at times, perfect.”
Following the success of her debut, Lizzie appeared on the cover of the Riverfront Times as one of ‘six artists to watch in 2015.’ From there, Lizzie composed the music for the title track(“Vida Cafeinada”) of the documentary feature film Caffeinated. The song is sung in English and Spanish, and features lyrics written by her father, John Schranck. On their first father-daughter collaboration, they set out to write a song that would stand as a reflection of the agricultural and social underpinnings of that wonderful daily tradition.
In the fall of 2015, Lizzie produced and self-released her rendition of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” It was around that time that she met Grammy-award winning producer Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Rickie Lee Jones) and began work her song “Love Again” which was the product of another familial collaboration, this time with her elder brother, John Schranck Jr., who is responsible for the song’s lush, orchestral arrangements. The two began sending Sheldon iphone demos in November of 2015 with the intention of recording the song at his Carriage House Studios (LA) in January of 2016, a pit stop on her way to her new home in the Pacific Northwest.
In April of that year, “Love Again” became Lizzie’s fourth self-release. “I think we've created something truly unique: a song that defies genre by crossing over into pop, classical, jazz, and indie," Weber said, "After recording it, we realized we had sort of unintentionally written something that evokes the lush, California sound of the '70s, and were thrilled by its picturesque imagery. The song feels acoustic and intimate thanks to Sheldon's touch with production, but epic and worldly with its arrangements — a difficult but really gratifying balance to strike."