A fan of such diverse artists as Etta James, Missy Higgins and Jason Mraz, Lizé’s soul-tinged songs of love are set to resonate with all who hear them. Anchoring them is Lizé’s incredible voice. As versatile as it is distinct, its power is matched only by her vivacious personality. “I can be a very dramatic, yes,” she laughs. Lizé was born on a farm in Klerksdorp, South Africa twenty-six years ago. At the age of five she started singing lessons and, at the age of twelve, classical piano lessons.
“I used to put on concerts with my sister for my parents and their friends. After some time we thought we could start charging to make a little extra pocket money. They’d all watch and, if the show wasn’t good, then we would have to give their money back.” Years later, a well-known South African musician, Nibs Van De Spy was passing a piano room at Lizé’s high school and heard her playing an original composition. He invited her to make a demo and sent them to a contact at a record label. At 16, Lizé signed her first record contract and, when she got into the studio, she realised her calling.
This gave Lizé the opportunity to focus on her songwriting, experimenting with different genres from a young age, but she held back from releasing the album and finished off her schooling. “All I wanted to do was make music, but I also knew that I had to finish school and get an education.” Lizé went on to finish high school and then University where she attained a law degree, specializing in intellectual property.
At 21 she entered South African Idols and her resolve to be a singer was given an extra boost – landing her a finalist position. “Idols was a huge break for me. I had tried out five times before and had not even made it to the official judges, so when I finally got onto television it was a huge moment for me personally.” Immediately after her Idols departure, Lizé was scouted by Mnet television and began presenting one of SuperSport’s most watched shows Let’s Play. She also co-presented Sports Illustrated Magazine’s ‘Ruff Stuff’. Simultaneously Lizé was given a solo slot on Jacaranda FM in Johannesburg, where she learnt the craft of Radio.
“I found working in radio a lot more challenging than performing. I like seeing people’s expressions, its helps to read the crowd. When you’re on air it’s only you, a microphone and your imagination and sometimes that can be very intimidating.”
Numerous television and radio performances followed, including being invited to be a guest artist on Idols 2010. In 2011 Lizé was invited by the Royal family of Monaco to perform at their private residence “Roc-Agel” and later that year released her debut single, which went to no.1 on the South African charts. The single “Do you love me?” stayed at no.1 for eight weeks. In 2012 Lizé decided to spread her wings and make a move to Australia. “My big dream has always been to be an International artist. I thought, rather go big, than go home.” Since her arrival Lizé has performed in and around Perth including the Perth Crown Casino and the Ellington Jazz club. She has also sang at numerous large corporate functions for clients including Bankwest, John Holland and The Young Presidents Organization. Lize featured in the 2012 Telethon show, performing a rendition of “Crazy” by Knarls Barkly. Telethon raised a record breaking $16,805,622 for Princess Margret children’s hospital.
In May 2012 Lizé featured on Daniel Barron’s’ track “See thru”. The single went to no.1 on the many charts around South Africa. “See thru” did so well in fact that Daniel and Lizé were invited in 2013 to perform the song as part of the opening act for Bon Jovi’s “Because we can” world tour, in Johannesburg, to an audience of 50 000. 2013 brought with it more highlights such as being invited to perform the official tribute song for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on behalf of South African Tourism, in Sydney, Australia.