Elizabeth LaPrelle of Cedar Springs, Virginia, is a singer and banjo-player. She began winning prizes for her singing at a young age, and has dedicated research, passion, and a powerful voice to the ancient art of Appalachian ballad-singing.
She learned from field-recordings, books, family, friends, and tradition-bearers like Sheila Kay Adams and Ginny Hawker. At the College of William and Mary, she graduated with a self-designed major in "Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance".
Elizabeth has three albums: Rain & Snow, released in 2004; Lizard in the Spring, released in 2007; and Birds' Advice , released in 2011. All are ballads and old-time songs from the Appalachians, backed up by Sandy LaPrelle; Jon Newlin and Amy Davis of The Hushpuppies; and the Amazing Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, VA.