Liz Pearce-Lassiter, known as Liz Gre, previously known as Sankophoenix, is a vocalist, songwriter, and audiophile who finds comfort between the sides on records. She began her musical career like so many singing black girls - in the choir stand. She began studying jazz, classical, and contemporary music in middle school and focused to classical and jazz music through college. She thought of herself as an artist for the first time in August of 2014 and began embracing a life as such. With Soullower Collective (2014-2015) she performed at Arnellia's (R.I.H.), The Dakota Jazz Club, The Fineline, Icehouse, Bedlam Lowertown (R.I.H.), and more. When she branched off to focus on her original works and solo performance she performed at Twin Cities Pride, The Dakota Jazz Club, The Kitty Kat Club, The Bedlam, at many community events, and impromptu gatherings. She is currently working on learning the guitar, and writing funky folk-soul music with the cajon and guitar. Every note she has sung has breathed the inspiration of youth and wisdom of the ancestors.
"Music, to me, is purpose. Music is transformative. Music is a process-for all spirits involved in creating it. Ultimately, music defines itself differently for different people and that is the beauty of it. A woman of my own musical style, but influenced by originals I describe my style as a neo-jazz fusion with a touch of opera. I love the elusiveness of jazz, the sincerity of neo-soul, and the challenge of opera. I am inspired by artists like Rachelle Ferrell, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nnena Freelon, Amel Larrieux, and Lizz Wright."