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Eliza Lynn '00 was an integrative studies major who learned about rhythm and the creative process when she played in Common Ground, a drum ensemble founded at Warren Wilson.
After graduation, Eliza set out on adventures that included meditating at a Zen Monastery in Minnesota, working as a can-can girl at a theme park, and teaching English in China. Eliza returned to Asheville and found a job as a program director at the Asheville YWCA. While working at the YWCA she recorded her first album Frisky or Fair, which received much critical acclaim.
She was voted best local singer/songwriter of 2006 by Mountain Xpress, Asheville's weekly independent newspaper. Eliza was also given a grant from Asheville Arts Council to study with blues guitarist John Cephas and opened for John Hiatt at Asheville's Orange Peel. Her single "Sing a New Song" is featured on the Putumayo World Music release, Americana. Eliza recently returned to Sage Cafe on the Warren Wilson campus for a performance. "I enjoyed playing Sage," she says. "It made me a little nostalgic."
"Soulful to the point of tasting collards," said Hunter Pope writer for the Mountain Xpress.
Read more music reviews and hear Eliza at her website: http://www.elizalynn.com/