November 16, 1963 |
Jamaica, Queens, New York
|Origin||New York, New York|
|Occupations||Record producer, artist|
|Keyboards (Clavinet, Fender Rhodes), synthesizer (Prophet V), Oberheim DMX|
Wright was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He attended the Fiorello Laguardia High School of Music & the Performing Arts in New York. Classmates included writer Carl Hancock Rux, gospel recording artist Desiree Coleman Jackson, and rappers Slick Rick and Dana Dane. He was offered a slot touring with Lenny White when he was 13, and he played with Tom Browne at age 16.
GRP Records signed him in 1981 and released his debut album, Nard (1981), tracks from which were prominently sampled in hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Skee-Lo, and LL Cool J among countless others. He followed with Funky Beat (1983) on Arista and Mr. Wright (1985) on Manhattan Records. The latter of these albums included his biggest R&B hit, "Who Do You Love" for which a video was made and is featured in the famous title sequence of Video Music Box. Wright has also appeared on recordings by musicians such as Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces of a Dream, Charles Earland, Marcus Miller, and Miles Davis.
Since his recording days, Wright has continued playing keyboards regularly in the Dallas area.
- Nard (GRP Records, 1981) U.S. #116, U.S. Jazz #7, U.S. R&B #23
- Funky Beat (Arista Records, 1983) U.S. R&B #58
- Mr. Wright (Manhattan Records, 1985) U.S. R&B #25
- I Can Tell (Manhattan)
- Fresh Hymns (Benson Records, 1990)
- "Just Chillin' Out" (1981) U.S. Club Play #85
- "Won't You Let Me Love You" (1982) U.S. R&B #88
- "Funky Beat" (1983) U.S. R&B #39
- "Who Do You Love" (1985) U.S. Dance #44, U.S. R&B #6
- "After You" (1985)