Timothy Wright

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Timothy Wright (June 17, 1947 – April 24, 2009),[1] generally credited as Rev. Timothy Wright or Reverend Timothy Wright on recordings, was an American gospel singer and pastor.

Biography[edit]

Wright started on piano at age 12, and sang and composed for his church choir as a teenager at the St. John's Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn.[2] He played piano for Bishop F. D. Washington and Isaac Douglas in the 1960s and 1970s, including on recordings, and he formed his own gospel ensemble in the mid-1970s, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir. He eventually became pastor of the Pentecostal Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and issued albums regularly from 1990.[2][3]

Wright's 1994 album Come Thou Almighty King, with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, made Billboard’s Top 20 chart for gospel albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, as was his 1999 release Been There Done That.[4][5]

On July 4, 2008, Wright was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, a crash which killed his wife and grandson as well as the driver of the oncoming car.[4] He died April 24, 2009, as a result of these injuries, at the age of 61.[1][4]

Discography[edit]

Title Release Date Label U.S. Top Gospel Albums Peak[6]
Praise Him 1975 -
Sunshine In My Soul' 1976 -
Movin' in The Spirit 1980 -
Testify 1983
Live At Washington Temple C.O.G.I.C. 1985 14
Hallelujah Is Highest Praise 1987 4
Jesus Will 1987 19
Just Believe 1989 -
Living in a World 1988 38
Who's on the Lord's Side 1989 3
I'm Glad About It 1992 4
We Need a Miracle 1993 20
Come Thou Almighty King 1994 10
Moving in the Spirit 1995 -
Live From London 1996 36
Let Freedom Ring 1997 -
Been There Done That 1999 -
Story to Tell 1999 -
I Here Music 2002 -
Live in New York 2003 -
Let's Celebrate (He Is Risen) 2005 -
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus 2007 13
Godfather of Gospel 2009 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hevesi, Dennis (April 24, 2009). "Timothy D. Wright, Singer, Dies at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Rev. Timothy Wright at Allmusic
  3. ^ Staff writers (April 24, 2009). "Obituaries in the news". Associated Press. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Timothy Wright, Famed Gospel Singer, Dies at 61. Billboard.com, April 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Eskridge, Sonya (April 27, 2009). "The Rev. Timothy Wright dies at 61". Sister 2 Sister Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  6. ^ Billboard, Allmusic