Liz Warfield

While she takes cues from musical influences like Nina Simone, Etta James, Sade, Tina Turner, and Mary J. Blige, Warfield has carved out a style all her own, which can best be described as “alternative soul with a lil bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 2006, she self-released her debut album “Embrace Me.” By 2009, she caught the eye of Prince and ultimately joined his group the “New Power Generation (NPG).” After touring for several years and soaking up as much knowledge as she could from the ultimate music mentor, Prince, Warfield made her big splash on the national scene in 2014. She was a featured artist for VH1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign, and then released her sophomore album which was Executive Co-Produced by Prince, titled “The Unexpected.” What followed were show-stopping performances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Arsenio Hall Show;” a 2014 Soul Train Music Award with three nominations total; a BET “Best New Artist Award” nomination; an interview with National Public Radio; and high-profile co-signs from Lionel Richie, Cindy Lauper, and Nancy Wilson of HEART. That same year, Warfield’s performance closing out Essence Fest was hailed as one of the most memorable after shows at the New Orleans House of Blues.