Liz Barnez was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up inspired by jazz, blues, folk, gospel, R&B, Dixieland, funk, and parade music. She embraced the diversity of her musical and creative upbringing and transformed those into her own eclectic style of music.
Liz Barnez started her musical career in the clubs and festivals in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Colorado in the late 1980's and has been a mainstay in that music community since then.
Voted by her peers as the "Best Singer-Songwriter Female" in the FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) Peer Awards 2020
Inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Mother Folkers (the most carefully pronounced name in show business)in 2019. The Mother Folkers is a group of women musicians who began in the 1970's with original members Mary Flower, Mary Stribling, Kathi DeFrancis, and Eileen Niehouse. Over the years the members have included Mollie O'Brien, Carla Skiaky, and Vicki Taylor to name a few. Liz joined the group in the early 1990's.
The Bohemian Foundation based in Fort Collins Colorado honored Liz in 2011 by including her in a mural at “Jazz Alley” in Fort Collins. The mural, by artist Terry McNerney, depicts eight musical artists chosen by Bohemian as the founders of the Fort Collins Music Scene
Awarded the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" by FoCoMA in 2012.
RECORDS: Liz has released four albums including Liz Barnez Band in 1993;Inkmarks on PageS 1998; Revealed : Produced by David Channing: (which was recorded in Los Angeles and included performances by David Channing on guitars/bass/mando/etc. Patrick Leonard(Madonna) on keys, and Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Faith Hill, etc. ) on drums in 2005; and
Welcome Back (recorded in Nashville and Colorado and includes performances by the subdudes, Bryon Holley, Eric Moon, Dave Beegle, Cary Morin, Glenn Taylor, and more) in 2015.
Other recordings include: Ruby- recorded with then trio of Liz, Rebecca Folsom and Maggie Simpson; and Mother Folkers Live.
Liz is currently in pre production on her fifth solo album to be released in Fall of 2021.
TOURING: Liz has toured the United States and with her band performed at prestigious events such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival, Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, Winter Park Folks Fest, Lyons Folks Festival and more; as a solo act opening for AJ Croce, Ruthie Foster, Rodney Crowell, etc. ; as a duo with percussionist Bryon Holley opening for The Subdudes and others; and as part of a trio of songwriters which included Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom called Faces of Eve which has performed across the country including the Lyons Folk Fest, and Kerrville Folk Festival, and more. Liz also toured as an opener and accompanist(on percussion) with Catie Curtis in 2015 and 2016.
Get ready for an intimate and fun musical ride! Enjoy the rhythmic musicianship and expect playful spontaneity and improvisation! Prepare to connect musically and through humor and shared life experience....and you may be inspired to dance.
In addition to her music, Liz is devoted to serving her community and world. She volunteers much of her time and talent to organizations that support and protect women and children, the separation of church and state, as well as equal rights organizations.