Melissa Viviane Jefferson was born on April 27, 1988. Professionally everyone knows as Lizzo. She is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she began performing. Before moving to Minneapolis, where she began her recording career. Before signing with Nice Life and Atlantic Records, Lizzo released two studio albums Lizzobangers in 2013. And released Big Girl Small World in 2015. Lizzo’s first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, released in 2016. Talking about her Love life she is very secretive.
Early Life and Personal Life of Lizzo
Melissa Viviane Jefferson was born in Detroit, Michigan on 1988, April 27. At the age of 9, she moved with her family to Houston, Texas, where she started her real training in music. There is no much information about her family members because she never reveals it. At the age of 21, after the death of her father, she lived out of her car for a year as she tried to break into the music industry. Lizzo was depressed for a long time after the incident. this talented girl was also struggling in her career, which made it more difficult. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011. She grew up with two older siblings and spent the early few years of her life in her hometown.
Lizzo Childhood and Family
This girl learned to play the flute and listened to as much music as she could. She also joined the school’s marching band in middle school and continued till she joined college. She played the piccolo in the school marching band. Houston also witnessed many freestyle rap battles. Lizzo attended many such battles and participated in a few of them. However, she decided that she would never be limited to only hip-hop music. She also polished her flute-playing skills. After graduating from Alief Elsik High School in 2006, she studied classical music focusing on flute at the University of Houston.
Although no member of her family belonged to the entertainment industry, they were all avid music lovers. This persona didn’t reveal her familiar name. Everyone in the family had their own taste in music. Growing up amidst this environment had a positive impact on Lizzo. Her family was deeply religious and believed in the Pentecostal church. She sang gospels and was part of church choirs. This influenced her music, too. In 2005, she enrolled at the ‘University of Houston’ but dropped out before she completed her bachelor’s degree. By then, her music career had picked up a significant pace. Around the same time, her parents moved to another city and she left alone with no place to sleep. She spent many nights in her car. However, she somehow continued to meet people related to the music industry.
Lizzo Body measurement and Net worth
Talking about her personality she is a very hot, beautiful, and talented woman. This persona is 5,9 ft. tall and weight is 120 kg. She has dark brown eyes. Her net worth estimated at $10-$15 million as of 2020.
After moving to Minneapolis, she joined hands with many hip-hop groups and performed locally. She formed a three-piece all-female rap/R&B group named ‘The Chalice,’ which became her stepping stone into the music industry. With ‘The Chalice,’ she recorded her debut album. In 2012, the group released their independently released debut album, ‘We Are the Chalice.’ She was also gaining attention and soon came in touch with musicians such as Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson. They worked together on Lizzo’s debut studio album, ‘Lizzobangers.’ The album was released in October 2013.
Many respected publications such as ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Drowned in Sound’ gave the album high ratings. The music videos from the album earned a decent number of views on ‘YouTube.’ She toured the UK and the USA in the fall of 2013, promoting her album and playing live on stage. This singer also won the ‘City Pages Picked to Click Award’ for the ‘Best New Twin Cities Artist.’ She was also named one of the artists to look forward to in 2014 by ‘Time’ magazine. This dream-like beginning of her career resulted in collaboration offers from other established musicians.
More about Career
She worked with Prince on his album ‘Plectrumelectrum’ and appeared as a featured artist in three songs of the album. Following the success of her promotional tour and her debut studio album, she started working on her sophomore album in 2013. She then worked with music producer Lazerbeak to produce her album ‘Big Grrrl Small World.’ Many of her songs were about her personal experience of being a “black and overweight woman” and the stigma related to it. In 2016, she released her first major EP, ‘Coconut Oil.’ By then, she was signed under ‘Atlantic Records,’.
Although the album was a success, it failed to achieve the success level of her first two studio albums. The magazine ‘Rolling Stones’ featured it at the 14th spot. In April 2019, Lizzo released her third album, ‘Cuz I Love You,’ which was her first album. The album attained universal critical acclaim and was a commercial success, too. It debuted at the sixth spot on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart. She also dragged into a controversy when she appeared nude on the promotional cover of the album. In April 2019, she performed at the ‘Coachella Music Festival.’ She has also appeared on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ This singer has also hosted 10 episodes of the music TV show ‘Wonderland’ in 2016. She played a voice role in the 2019 animated movie ‘Ugly Dolls.’
Guest Appearance as herself
|2014||Made in Chelsea: NYC|
|2014||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2015||The Late Show with Stephen Colbert|
|2016||Soo Many White Guys|
|2016||Full Frontal with Samantha Bee|
|2017, 2018||Trivial Takedown|
|2018||Articulate With Jim Cotter|
|2018||Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler|
|2018||Rupaul’s Drag Race|
|2019||The Ellen DeGeneres Show|
|2019||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon|
|2019||The Daily Show with Trevor Noah||April 18, 2019|
|2019||2 Dope Queens|
|2019||C a Vous|
|2019||Neo Magazin Royale|
|2019||The Jonathan Ross Show|
|2019||Saturday Night Live|
|2020||The Eric Andre Show|
Lizzo’s music primarily incorporates hip hop. Her music also incorporates genres such as Soul, R&B, and funk-pop. These girl influences include Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, and Diana Ross. Primarily a rapper, Lizzo incorporated singing into her debut record. She stated in an interview in 2018, “I was always afraid of being a singer, but then when I heard Lauryn Hill, I was like, maybe I can do both,”. Further adding that her debut album was inspired by Thr Miseducation of Lauryn Hill “rapping, singing, being political.” In an article for The Guardian in 2019, writer Leonie Cooper credited Lizzo for “the woodwind renaissance” as “the flute’s brightest champion” on the mainstream.
- Lizzobangers (2013)
- Big Grrrl Small World
- Cuz I Love You