Bernard Wright

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Bernard Wright
Born (1963-11-16) November 16, 1963 (age 52)
Jamaica, Queens, New York
Origin New York, New York
Genres Post-disco[1]
Contemporary R&B[1]
Crossover jazz[1]
Occupation(s) Record producer, artist
Instruments Keyboards
Labels Manhattan/EMI Records
GRP/MCA Records
Associated acts Marcus Miller, Lenny White, Dave Grusin, Roberta Flack, Doug E. Fresh
Notable instruments
Keyboards (Clavinet, Fender Rhodes), synthesizer (Prophet V), Oberheim DMX

Bernard Wright (born November 16, 1963) is an American funk and jazz keyboardist and singer who began his career as a session musician and later released four solo albums.[2]


Wright was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York. His mother is singer Roberta Flack.[3][4][5] He attended the Fiorello Laguardia High School of Music & the Performing Arts in New York.[6] 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 the age of 16.[1]

GRP Records signed him in 1981 and released his debut album 'Nard,[7] tracks from which were prominently sampled in hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Skee-Lo, and LL Cool J.[8] The album was re-released in 2001.[9] He followed with Funky Beat (1983)[10] on Arista and Mr. Wright (1985) on Manhattan Records.[11] The latter of these albums included his biggest R&B appearance, "Who Do You Love", for which a video was made that is featured in the title sequence of Video Music Box.[12] In 1990 he released the gospel album Fresh Hymns.[13] In 200 he formed a duo with Alfredo Elias and Damon Banks and released the album Back To Our Roots.[14]

Wright has also appeared on recordings by musicians such as Doug E. Fresh, Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces of a Dream, Charles Earland, Marcus Miller, and Miles Davis.[15]

Since his recording days, Wright has continued playing keyboards in Dallas, where he mentors younger artists.[16]



Year Title US US
1981 'Nard
1983 Funky Beat
1985 Mr. Wright
1990 Fresh Hymns


Year Title US
1981 "Just Chillin' Out"
1982 "Won't You Let Me Love You"
1983 "Funky Beat"
1985 "Who Do You Love"
"After You"
"Yo 'Nard"


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  2. ^ "Bernard Wright". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  3. ^ Jacobson, Robert. "Roberta Flack - Biography". Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  4. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "Two Seasoned Voices, Together Raised for a Cause". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Roberta Flack". Prabook. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Fiorello laguardia alumni". Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bernard Wright - 'Nard (original)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  8. ^ "Sunday Selection: LL Cool J and Bernard Wright - "Who Do You Love?"". Hip-Hop News, Rumors, Rap Music & Videos |AllHipHop. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Bernard Wright - 'Nard (remaster)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Bernard Wright - 'Nard". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Bernard Wright - Funky Beat". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  12. ^ The Wright Stuff. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1985-12-21. 
  13. ^ "Bernard Wright - Fresh Hymns". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  14. ^ Lopez, Jeff (2000-03-25). Bernard Wright returns with jazz trio Too BAD Juna debut. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  15. ^ "Bernard Wright (performance credits)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  16. ^ Quinn, Peter. "10 Questions for Musician Michael League". Retrieved 2015-11-20.