At the tender age of 17, Barnez began her professional career as singer in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana while attending the University of New Orleans. She began writing and recording original music shortly afterwards, utilizing the inspiration of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, R&B, Dixieland, funk and parade music. Liz embraced the diversity of her musical and creative upbringing and transformed it into her own eclectic style of music.
Barnez moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1987 and found an enthusiastic audience in the region. She brought her eclectic style of music (which incorporates elements of folk, New Orleans R&B, blues, jazz, country and a hint of pop) hasn't slowed down since. Her acoustic swamp groove is apparent in her guitar playing, songwriting and soulful inspired singing.
She has released three CDs of her original music and is included on several other artists' CDs as a guest performer. She has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival, as well as Lyons Folks Festival, Winter Park Music Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, New West Fest, and Kerrville Folk Festival.
Over the course of her career, Barnez has toured extensively in the US and has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes including the subdudes, Emmylou Harris, Ruthie Foster, Dave Mason, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Barnez moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2006 and during that time wrote and performed in the trio Faces of Eve with Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz. In 2008, she returned to Fort Collins. She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by FoCoMA in 2013.
In addition to her music, Barnez is devoted to serving her community and world. She volunteers much of her time and talent to organizations that support and protect women and children, as well as equal rights organizations.
In October 2015, Barnez released her fourth CD "Welcome Back." The new CD was co-produced with Loveland, Colorado, based guitarist/producer/engineer Dave Beegle.
It features performances by Bryon Holley on drums, percussion and backing vocals; Eric Moon on piano, Hammond B3, and accordion; John Magnie (subdudes) on backing vocal and accordion; Steve Amedee (subdudes) on backing vocal; Tommy Malone (subdudes) on electric and slide guitar; Dave Beegle on guitar; Marty Rein, Michael Olson and Tim Cook (subdudes) holding down the bass duties; Glenn Taylor on pedal steel; Cary Morin on backing vocals; and more!