Biography

Since being born in Stockholm, Sweden, Liz Vandall has lived an unconventional, yet somehow conventional life that has brought her all over the world.  

After emigrating to the USA at the age of three, she grew up in Rhode Island, realizing very early on that she had a unique voice and a love for music and singing. From the age of nine, much of her time was devoted to practicing with her favorite records and singing into a plethora of whatever household items were at hand and the trusty old upright vacuum cleaner until 1983. When Hollywood beckoned its finger.  

The next phase in Los Angeles included professional vocal training by notable coach Seth Riggs (Cher, Streisand, Michael Jackson, ad infinitum), the usual ads in Musician Connection Magazine for local band auditions, with with the culmination of settling down finally in Sahara, a five- piece semi-progressive heavy rock band. Sahara recorded two albums, Going Crazy and The Seventh House (released in Europe and Japan) enjoying substantial sales, radio airplay and garnering widespread critical acclaim with quotes such as, “One of the greatest singers in the world” and “One of the most powerful voices in all of music, period!” in various music publications. After nearly nine years of existence, July of 1995 brought with it the demise of the band with Diane Arens (one-third of the core writing team of Vandall, Arens and Woodward) leaving the music business entirely. As Liz puts it, "Within the context of Sahara, Diane was irreplaceable and we found it impossible to go on." And so, began a time of deep soul-searching, contemplation and evolution into the next era.  

After deciding to pursue a solo career, composer/musician/guitarist extraordinaire, Uli Jon Roth (formerly of the Scorpions), unexpectedly contacted Liz to record vocals for his upcoming album, Requiem for an Angel, thus putting her plans on hold temporarily. She then went on to tour as vocalist with Uli Jon Roth in 1998 throughout Europe during the G3 Tour  with Joe Satriani and Michael Schenker. The band consisted of music veterans Don Airey (Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, etc.) Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and Francois Garny. (A highlight from these shows was the live performance of the introduction to Roth's "Hiroshima Symphony" which can be heard on the album Transcendental Sky Guitar  which was released September, 2000 worldwide).  

In 1997, Liz moved to the United Kingdom where she lived until 2006. Following the birth of her daughter, Akasha Dawn Roth in 1998, she devoted most of her time to being a mother. However, she did make guest appearances at a few select shows. She performed at the 2002 Legends of Rock Tour  featuring Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, Glenn Hughes and Frank Marino and also at the 2004 Rock Meets Rennaisance  concert performing with Roth's Sky Orchestra featuring a performance of one of her own songs, “Falling from the Sky” and a duet of the Jimi Hendrix song, “Angel” with singer, Doro Pesch.  

A temporary move to Germany in 2006, led to the long-awaited release of Uli Jon Roth's album, Under a Dark Sky  in 2008 - a rock opera which featured Liz along with Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire) on vocals. A world tour followed, spanning New Zealand, Japan, USA, and Europe, with the UK leg opening for the Scorpions.  

Currently, since late 2011, she is residing again in the UK and has worked on various recording projects including collaborations with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) resulting in recording two duets; "Poison Roses" and "Bring on the Night". "Poison Roses" is a remake of a previously released track from Dario Mollo & Tony Martin's The Cage II album. "Bring on the Night" was co-written by Liz, Tony and Aldo Giuntini for his upcoming Giuntini  album. Liz was also featured on two songs "Nostalgia" and "Meteors in the Blue" on The Time of the Equinox, in 2012 by Amadeus Awad, a progressive rock Lebanese artist. 2015 brought the release of Uli Jon Roth's Scorpions Revisited  in which Liz is featured on the song, “Pictured Life”. 

Today, Liz has begun writing and recording again in her home studio and upcoming plans are to re-release Sahara's two albums along with previously unreleased tracks and video and discussions are currently underway.