Marva Wright

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: new orleans blues louisiana female vocalists 70s rhythm and blues 60s female blues artist female vocalist drjazzmrfunkmusic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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20 March 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Singing in church from early childhood, Wright heard music at home on records and also in church. Additionally, her mother sang with a gospel quartet, reportedly making some sides for Atlantic Records. As an adult, Wright worked as a secretary in commerce until she was aged 37, which is when she first sang professionally. Wright sings the blues and R&B all slanted to contemporary attitudes towards the forms but with an underlying gospel feel. In performance, in clubs, concert halls and at festivals, Wright displays a dynamic, at times fervent approach to her music that clearly demonstrates that she has absorbed elements of jazz and soul, all of it blended into an exultant and thoroughly satisfying whole.

In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Wright, like many other displaced musician residents of New Orleans (she lost her house), toured extensively, adding to usual performances pleas...

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