RiZen burst onto the national gospel music scene in 2003 rocking their stilettos to a praise beat, wowing audiences and satisfying thirsty souls without ever missing a step. Comprised of real life sisters Adriann and Aundrea Lewis, the Stellar Award winning group was originally formed in 1995 by Adriann as an eight member praise and worship team at New Galilee Baptist Church in Saginaw, Michigan – their home church where their father, Luciose Lewis, serves as pastor.
Aundrea recalls: “We grew up with the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Through our mom, who is a piano teacher and choir director, we were introduced to the music of seasoned traditional gospel artists like Rev. Charles Nicks, Dr. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, and Dorothy Norwood. However, we do love R&B, Jazz and Country music. Growing up, our parents allowed us to go to concerts, like New Edition and LL Cool J, and we were able to buy albums. We still have our Michael Jackson albums to this day! So even though our musical foundation is the Baptist church, we have a range of influences that occasionally pop up in our music.” Like most singers raised in the church, Aundrea and Adriann honed their craft singing in the children’s choir. Their mother, Kayron Lewis, directed all of the church choirs. Main Source: Verity Records.