By Hailey Johnson —
Since the 60’s, Portland has become home to a menagerie of zany indie (secular) rock bands, such as Blind Pilot, Sleater-Kinney (led by Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein), and more.
But one artist has emerged from this conformity cloud to mesmerize audiences with another sound — Christian music.
Meet Liz Vice, the black Christian R&B singer converting Oregonians into provisional Christians with her luscious vocals.
A native of the Beaver State, Vice — along with her five siblings — was raised in Portland by a single mother.
During her formative years, she never envisioned herself as a singer but instead spent her days fantasizing about becoming a filmmaker.
At 15, however, her inspirations came to a clamorous halt, as she was diagnosed with a severe autoimmune kidney disease that soon led to kidney failure.
For the next seven years, Vice faced dialysis appointments, hospital infections, heart failure and her own mortality.
“Instead of praying that I’d be healed,” Vice admits, “I was just so tired that I would pray for death every day. But every day I woke up, I decided to live that day to the fullest.”
After enduring all this, in 2005, Vice was favored with a kidney transplant, allowing her dreams to finally pick up where they left off. Read the rest about Liz Vice gospel singer.