This latest CD from Dwayna Litz “I’m the Girl I Used to Know Again” is refreshing. It has original songs reminiscent of the country/rock/bluegrass LA-Sound-of-the-70s with songs written similar to the style of early Linda Ronstadt but with a contemporary surprise like Norah Jones. Recorded in the top studios of NYC and Nashville, Dwayna has a sound all her own. There are elements of pop, country, R&B and bluegrass in this soulful compilation recorded with the best of musicians and background vocalists in the music industry. Special thanks to Peter Calo on guitars and arrangements. Dwayna co-wrote with Sam Lorber (“Cry like a Baby”), Hubert Eaves III (“Yes I Would”) and Jeff Franzel (“All Because Of You”) on this CD. Tony Guerrero is also featured playing trumpet on one of the songs. It ends with a funky, bluegrass rendition of “This Train is Bound for Glory” recorded with Scott Coney, Randy Kohrs and Tim Crouch in Nashville.
“The first time I met Dwayna I knew without question she was bound for success. She has a passion and a joy for life and her music. Being a former A&R executive, it’s one of the most important qualities we look for in an artist. She has all of that and more. Dwayna can deliver songs in all styles, whether it be Jazz, big band, bluegrass or contemporary country. Dwayna’s music will be a beautiful blessing to you.” —Larry Shell, songwriter and former A&R director at Polydor Records, A&M Records and Broken Bow Records (Discography includes hit song “Murder on Music Row” , which was CMA Song of the Year recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson).
“Dwayna has always been a star. Her voice is so warm and expressive that you feel like you have found a dear friend as soon as you hear her sing. Her new collection is intimate and cozy, confessional and honest. Refreshingly free of over produced bombast and wonderfully easy on the ears. Dwayna and her timeless music are excellent company. Experience her delightful musical presence for yourself…” —Vip Vipperman, songwriter BMI Billionaire Award for writing “1982” recorded by Randy Travis, ASCAP award for“1982” by Randy Travis, Nominated for CMA Song of the Year; Grammy Award for Best Country Album “The Cold, Hard Truth” by George Jones for his third single “Sinners and Saints” (Discography also includes cuts with Reba McEntire LeAnne Rimes, John Michael Montgomery, and Trace Adkins)
“What an artist to collaborate with! Dwayna has an earthy, authentic and soulful country voice that is unmistakably hers. And her beauty of musical Spirit matches her physical beauty as well. Believe me, that helps in today’s market. I was so happy and proud to hear the finished product of Dwayna’s production of our song ‘Yes I Would.’ As I continue to listen to the whole album ‘I’m the Girl I Used to Know Again,’ I am so impressed. She has great songs and has chosen great musicians, singers and studios to make for a CD of great performances. I believe this album is a classic, and I’m so proud to be her friend and co-writer.” —Hubert Eaves III, musician, producer, writer, arranger for such artists as Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Madonna, D Train, Aretha Franklin, Biggie Smalls, Miles Davis, most notably.
“I was recently surprised when I received a copy of a CD project I played on. In the studio it was hard to tell what the end result was to be. I was smiling ear to ear when I heard Dwayna’s wonderful voice on the recording. She has such great presence and control. I was very impressed with the down to earth and soulful feeling conveyed in her music. I’d be happy to share the stage with Dwayna in any musical situation. Keep your eyes and ears focused on her! She’s an angel….” —John Allred, Jazz trombonist
“Dwayna Litz can sing…”–Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
“Dwayna is one of the most expressive singers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. It’s rare to find an artist who sings from their heart and their soul.” –Mark Miller, mixing engineer for Garth Brook’s mega hit album “No Fences” and all of Garth’s albums, currently working as producer and engineer for Garth Brooks
“Dwayna Litz is a deeply moving singer, strongly connected to the message in her songs. She has the ability to draw in an audience because of her expressive vocalism and musicality. Dwayna sets herself apart from other singers because of her professionalism and innate musicianship.” —Matthew Odell, pianist
Born in Knoxville, TN, Dwayna Litz began performing in front of audiences at age two in churches, civic clubs and weddings. Dwayna grew up singing hymns in Baptist churches as a soloist, traveling as a child to sing in revival meetings throughout America, as well as Korea, Haiti and India. Dwayna shared platforms with Christian artists such as Larnelle Harris, opening for him in concert at age ten. Charles Stanley, president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the time, said he was very impressed with her when she sang at age twelve in his church First Baptist Atlanta when her microphone stopped working, and she just kept on singing. She won “Best of Show” in musical theater for the state of FL when she was a sophomore in high school for her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at FL State University.
Dwayna Litz first recorded in Nashville at age fifteen with the renowned CMA orchestra arranger Australian Bill Walker, which was the same year she opened for Charlie McClainand her husband Wayne Massey at the Central FL State Fair. Wayne Massey saw her talent and begged her not to go to Nashville, trying to spare her the pain of the politics on Music Row. Still, there was no stopping her from the move.
She spent the following summer singing country and bluegrass music at Archie Campbell’s Hee Haw Village in Pigeon Forge, TN, and moved to Nashville at age seventeen and spent her senior year of high school hanging out backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and singing on the Grand Ole Gospel music hour on Saturday nights. Dwayna began singing demos and jingles on Music Row at age eighteen and signed her first publishing deal in Nashville at age nineteen with Harris Richardson Music, whose catalog was later sold to Universal. She was signed as an artist with Larry Butler producing that same year. She also worked with Buddy Killen at age twenty-one when Buddy signed her as a singer/songwriter at Buddy Killen Music saying she was “star quality.” The catalog was sold to Cal IV Entertainment, which was then bought by Spirit Music. Dwayna was later signed to Sanjek Entertainment with Rick Sanjek as manager in Nashville. She has had production deals with Arista Records and Warner Brothers . Mark Miller, sound engineer for Garth Brooks album “No Fences” and many more, produced Dwayna recording songs such as “Sweet Memories” written by Garth Brooks and Pat Alger and “Lovin’ On The Edge” by Kostas at Jack’s Tracks Studios owned by Allen Reynolds, on Music Row. Dwayna has worked with award winning writers in Nashville such as Larry Shell, Bruce Burch, Vip Vipperman, Sam Lorber, Michael Garvin, Greg Barnhill, Gloria Sklerov and Rivers Rutherford.
In 2003 she founded Lighting the Way, a nonprofit organization that helps the needy internationally with projects such as partnering with Whole Foods to feed the hungry in California and helping provide for orphans in the Philippines rescued from a garbage dump and placed in a Christian children’s home. As a new facet of her nonprofit in 2014 Dwayna began leading “Making All Things New,” an outreach to women who have left abusive relationships in Manhattan with a free support group growing to over 200 women, including recovery from spiritual abuse. In 2014 she founded the Walking in the Light Project as an outreach to victims of crimes against humanity in America such as the church shooting at Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, SC.
Dwayna’s book ‘Happiness: No Man Required 50 Tips for Single Women to be Happy With or Without a Man’ was released March 2016. It empowers women to know their worth and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She travels as a speaker and author and has appeared on various television shows.
Dwayna has written and recorded in the genres of country, pop, R&B, soul, Jazz, Adult Contemporary, bluegrass, musical theater and Christian music.