Tossing her hair, flashing a confident smile, and Feelin good as hell, Lizzo wields thekind of voice thats right at home in soul, pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and gospel. Thevivacious and versatile vocalists impassioned delivery and dynamic range bonds the sixtracks on her critically acclaimed major label debut EP, Coconut Oil [Nice LifeRecording Company/Atlantic Records], achieving what she refers to as a genre-lessstyle.My voice becomes the genre, she explains. Its the common denominator betweenany trackwhether weve got a West African backbeat, throwback soul, rap groove, ordancehall production. The vocals are the thread that ties the whole story together. Itfrees me up in a way.That voice also turned the gleefully unpredictable Coconut Oil into a quiet phenomenonin late 2016. Lauded by Noisey, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Rolling Stone, Spin,Idolator, and more, the EP boasted the hit Good As Hell, which featured on theOriginal Soundtrack to Barbershop: The Next Cut and churned out over 7.3 millionSpotify streams and 1.3 million YouTube views in less than six months. This collectionrepresents the culmination of a wild musical roller coaster ride thus far for Lizzo.Born in Detroit, she grew up in Houston, TX. Between becoming an accomplishedflautist, she spent her formative years rapping throughout high school before joining aprogressive rock band at 19-years-old. Influenced by vocalists as diverse as QueensFreddie Mercury, The Mars Voltas Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Beyonc, and Aretha Franklin,she smashed boundaries from the get-goCrooning in girl groups and screaming inbands.Relocating to Minneapolis, MN, Lizzo went from co-founding local underground favoriteThe Chalice to releasing her 2013 independent solo full-length Lizzobangers followedby Big Grrrl Small World in 2015, which she recorded at Justin Vernons April BaseStudios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Along the way, she enamored audiences at HangoutMusic Festival, Boston Calling, SoundSet Music Festival, Bonnaroo, in Paris, andbeyond, while everybody from Bastille to Prince sought her out for guest appearances.Working with the Purple One & 3rdeyegirl on Plectrumelectrums Boytrouble provedlife-changingPrince made the transformation in me from a musician to an artist, she goes on.When he kept everything I recorded, it gave me so much confidence going into studiosessions with songwriters who have written some of my favorite music.Introduced to GRAMMY Award-nominated super producer and Nice Life RecordingCompany founder Ricky Reed [Meghan Trainor, Twenty One Pilots] in 2015, Lizzofound a creative kindred spirit. During their first session, they cut what would becomeCoconut Oils Worship.Ricky taught me that Less is more, she says. This new minimalism in my musicallows me to really evolve. We hit it off right away. I was so excited to share what heand I had been working on. It was a huge leap from writing in a cabin and working withonly one producer to being in L.A. and writing with this amazing team. Its like therewere two versions of Lizzo. I was going in a new direction. It was may more soulful.There was more singing. My roots were coming out. Ricky and I didnt want to wait anylonger, so we decided to put out Coconut Oil.On the title track, she struts through a soulful swell of organs, rolling from robust rhymesinto a soaring refrain. From the outset, our heroine sets the tone with the declaration, Iremember back, back in school when I wasnt cool. Shit, I still aint cool, but you bettermake some room for me.Coconut Oil means the most to me, she continues. Being a black woman, I wantedto make music for a few reasons. The first is the visibility of being a woman who lookslike me in the mainstream pop space. There arent enough of what I like to call theothers. Secondly, I wanted to speak to everyone who looked like me, felt like me, andwent through the same things I did. Musically, it encompasses my entire journey. It hasflute, Im rapping, and theres weird electro-pop guitar reminiscent of my rock n rolldays. I knew this was something that could connect to black and brown girls and boys. Itperfectly represented the entire EP.The 2017 single Scuse Me slips from effusive trap-style bravado on the verse into asweeping and empowering refrain. It turned into a moment of self-reflection versus justbragging about yourself, she remarks. Its saying, Im in my zone. I know I look good.Ultimately, Lizzo shares that feeling with everyone who listens.When I discovered what my mission was, it enabled me to be who I wanted to be, sheconcludes. If something I rapped, sang, or even the beat makes people want to danceand forget everything in the moment, thats the most amazing thing.