With both a rich voice and a musical style that straddle soul, adult pop, rock, blues, and gospel, singer/guitarist Liz Brasher developed her eclectic retro-soul sound from the church choirs of her home state of North Carolina and the vintage soul music she discovered while living in Chicago, Illinois. Her debut album, 2019's Painted Image, was recorded at historic studios in her adopted home of Memphis, Tennessee.
Raised in a Dominican-Italian household in rural North Carolina, Brasher sang in her church choir as a child and eventually found influence in the Beatles, the Delta blues, and Southern soul. She delved into American music history, learning the works of songwriters ranging from Stephen Foster to Lead Belly, and later Bob Dylan and the Staple Singers, as a college student in Chicago. She soon taught herself guitar and began writing songs.
Brasher played her first shows after moving to Atlanta, Georgia, but her love of the city's iconic soul music drew her to Memphis. She found songwriting inspiration there, leading to her debut EP, Outcast. Supported by tours with the Zombies and Red Wanting Blue, it was released in April 2018 by Fat Possum Records. The label also released her first full-length, Painted Image, in January 2019. It was recorded at Memphis' Electraphonic Recording, Ardent, and Royal Studios.