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Biography

  • Born

    21 July 1973 (age 48)

  • Born In

    Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

“The journey West shared was perhaps what anyone looking for freedom, love and self might experience, but she has a uniquely effortless, and charming, way of telling the tale.” – LA Times

Having sold more than 30,000 copies of her musical works, Lizzie West has a broad fan base for her poetry and songs. West is not only a songwriter and a performer, she has acted in the role of producer, playwright, and activist. After the 2003 Warner Bros release of her album, “Holy Road: Freedom Songs,” AOL and Entertainment Weekly both named West “Breaker Artist of the Year.”

The NY Times said, “Her work is rooted and comfortable, but her songs have a restless promise.” West’s composition was featured in the film Secretary (starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhall), and in TV shows such as, The L Word, Dawson’s Creek, Alias, and Third Watch. Her music has also been featured on radio programs such as Democracy Now!, commercial AAA, many local NPR affiliates, and college radio. West was featured singing her original song, “Holy Road,” in a national TV ad campaign directed by Spike Lee. She has performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, toured as an opener for artists such artists as Chris Isaak and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and such speakers as Amy Goodman and former chief UN Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter. Lizzie has headlined several of her own national tours.

Lizzie West was born in NYC, July 21st, 1973; daughter of Louise Westergaard, a Broadway producer of Musical Theater and John Westergaard, a financial analyst. While Lizzie was still in the womb, her mother collaborated with legendary mythologist, educator and author, Joseph Campbell. In early childhood, Louise read her William Blake and T.S. Elliot. Lizzie began writing poetry, melodies, and stories as soon as she could form words on paper. As a child, she entertained crowds of Broadway theater creators at her parent’s cocktail parties, including such legends as Charlie Strauss, Cy Coleman, James Earle Jones, and Gregory Hines. West was educated at the Chapin School, the Millbrook School, Hampshire College, and NYU. She has driven across America 16 times. She is currently working to complete the first book of the Re*Membering Now Series, The Myth of The Golden Thread.

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