Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

BandCountry

Passion, performance and personality; honest, real life music from Canada's most unique country voice: Michelle Wright, a multi-awardwinning, best-selling entertainer of the highest order.

Biography

It’s been eight years since Michelle Wright delivered a full slate of country material and with the release of Everything And More one would have to agree that the return home is a welcome one.

Does the Return to sounds and signatures that brought this award-winning artist to the dance come as a surprise?

Artists who have worked for the kind of success that Wright has enjoyed over the past two decades eventually come full circle.

With Everything And More, the award-winning singer marries her immediately identifiable voice with an impressive collection of new material that mirrors so many of the changes in attitude and emotion that Wright has experienced as new chapters of her life have been written.

Some songs are celebrations that come from first hand experiences, while others come from that place of insightful observation that has always worked so well for this Ontario-born artist who first established herself as a force back in the early ‘nineties during her tenure with Arista Records Nashville.

Kicking off the album with a hard driving pulse, the title track Everything And More finds the singer’s questions answered with a sudden shot of faith and gratitude: she does, indeed, have everything and more.

On Dance In The Boat Wright's powerhouse instrument is set above a sturdy southern rock pulse capped off by slicing shots of countrified fiddle.

Wright’s voice embraces a traditional country sound on I Don’t Want To Be That Strong. Conversely, the vocalist heads for the bright lights and rocks her way through Riding Around the Sun.

Love Me Anyway finds Wright tackling the sensitive issue of realizing conventional family life may not be in the cards for a thirty-something couple. Sung in the first person, the song (like He Would Be Sixteen from earlier in her career) offers another example of Wright being the first to address a subject that is both timely and topical.

A heartfelt combination of emotions and points of view, coupled with effective shifts in arrangements and tempos, makes Everything And More a complete package that finds Wright singing with conviction and passion, and, when called for, injecting the right amount of urgency or subtle shading.

It is the kind of album that should make for new additions to the list of twenty-five top ten hits she's already produced in her impressive career. Take It Like A Man, Guitar Talk, The Answer Is Yes, Nobody’s Girl, Your Love, and I Surrender are just a few of the songs that continue to make her live shows such spectacular events.

With the help of those chart-topping singles, Wright’s Canadian and American fans snapped up almost two million discs over the course of a decade and in turn she made many a walk to stages and podiums to accept honors at Juno, Academy of Country Music and Canadian Country Music Association awards shows.

Wright’s later years with Arista Nashville were marked by considerable experimentation as Michelle opted to stretch her musical wings. Her range broadened to incorporate gospel and adult contemporary influences. In the new millennium Michelle’s album offerings included Shut Up And Kiss Me (2002), with a title-track single that even garnered play on rock radio in Canada, and her most recent release (her first for Icon Records), A Wright Christmas (2005), destined to become a seasonal classic with its fresh and soulful combination of country-pop and light jazz stylings.

But soon Michelle heard the country muse calling again. “When I started thinking about my next project, I just knew it was time to make another country record. I actually started down that road a year before I hooked up with producers Russ Zavitson and Tony Hazelton,” remarks the brunette beauty who ended up coming home in more ways than one for the recording of Everything And More.

“All those years ago Tony wrote Take It Like A Man for me and Russ published it. They’ve been partners for 16 years. One day Tony and I were writing and I asked him if he’d be interested in producing me. He agreed and brought Russ on board and away we went,” continues Wright, who from track to track and session to session produced the fire and sought out the kind of emotional touchstones that have made the best of her work so timeless.

At a point in her career where it’s best for her to call her own shots in terms of settling on the pulse and tone of a recording, Wright’s approach to this record had alot to do with instinct. “There were times on past recordings where a label wouldn’t let me record certain tunes and they went on to be nominated for Grammy awards. Now as an independent artist I’ve got more say in the whole process. “Plus my longtime manager Brian Ferriman reminded me that none of us have a crystal ball. He kept saying that if nothing else I had to have a good time making this CD. It was good advice. Tony and Russ were also adamant about this being “my record” and they wanted me to work with songs that I felt repr

Lyrics

Everything And More

Written By: Michelle Wright, Patricia Conroy, Gerald O'Brien

Stumble out of bed late for work
My car won’t start and my head’s a blur
Wonderin’ what am I doing this for
God there’s got to be something more

Cause I‘ve got IOUs
And they’ve got SUVs
And I can’t help wonderin’
Is there something missin’ for me

That’s when I stop
To my knees I drop
Take a real good look at what I got

CHORUS:
Faith that gets me through
I’ve got it
Dreams that could come true
Got that too
All the things in life worth living for
I’ve got everything
Everything and more

Friday night another week is gone
Just me and my cat and the TV’s on
It’s the Real World or Will & Grace
Looks like everyone’s strugglin’ to find their place

Then I call my mother (hello mother, how are you)
Tell her I’m all right
Pull back the covers
And just before I turn out the light

That’s when I stop
To my knees I drop
Take a real good look at what I got

CHORUS

Searching for what really matters
Only makes me realize
I’ve got everything

CHORUS

Everything and more
Everything and more

I've Forgotten You

Written By: Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Angelo, Troy Verges

It’s snowin’ in Miami
And it’s hailin’ in LA
And money’s growin’ like green apples on the trees

I’ve been hangin’ out with Elvis
Yeah and all my bills are paid
And they’re givin’ away Cadillacs for free

The whole world gets along
And I haven’t thought about you once
Since you’ve been gone

CHORUS:
I’ve forgotten you
I’ve forgotten every single time you kissed me
I don’t miss you like you think I do
I’ve forgotten you
How you held me
And it felt like it’s what you were born to do
If I lie enough it might come true
I’ve forgotten you

There’s a million things about you
I don’t remember any more
Like the night we got that cabin up in Boulder
I don’t remember how you kissed me
Up against that old oak door
Yeah it’s funny how things fade right when it’s over

Yeah I’m doin’ fine
I sleep just like a baby
Almost every night

CHORUS

Can’t you see I’m movin’ on
And I haven’t thought about you once
Since you’ve been gone

CHORUS

Dance In The Boat

Written By: Craig Bickhardt, Tony Haselden

Bobbie stops off at the bar
Showin’ off his brand new car
He got the top laid down
Buys a round for all his friends
Daddy’s money never ends
It’s his job to spread it around

I’ve known Bobbie all my life
I know he ain’t mister right
But he ain’t all wrong
He’s just goin’ nowhere fast
Every now and then he asks
If I’d like to ride along

CHORUS:
I know a good time
When I see one
And when I’m in the mood
I can even be one
I can lead the parade
Or I can stop it
Sometimes I dance in the boat
Just to rock it

Guys are sometimes wild as weeds
Other girls get allergies
Every time they bloom
Me I like a big bouquet
Variety’s the spice they say
Excitement’s a sweet perfume

CHORUS

CHORUS

Dance in the boat
Just to rock it
Dance in the boat
Yeah
Dance in the boat
Just to just to rock it
Dance in the boat

Dance in the boat
Just to rock it
Dance in the boat
Yeah

Discography

CURRENT CD:
EVERYTHING AND MORE
Produced by: Tony Haselden & Russ Zavitson
Release date: July 4, 2006

CATALOG:
A WRIGHT CHRISTMAS
Produced by: Tony Haselden & Russ Zavitson
Release date: October 25, 2005

SHUT UP AND KISS ME
Produced by: Russ Desalvo, Steven Drake, Eric Silver, Peter Zizzo
Release date: 2002

MICHELLE WRIGHT: THE GREATEST HITS COLLECTION
Produced by: Various Producers
Release date: 1999

FOR ME IT'S YOU
Produced by: Jim Scherer, Tim DuBois, John Guess, Monty Powell, Val Garay
Release date: 1996

THE REASONS WHY
Produced by: Steve Bogard & Mike Klute, Val Garay, John Guess
Release date: 1994

NOW & THEN
Produced by: Steve Bogard & Rick Giles
Release date: 1992

MICHELLE WRIGHT
Produced by: Steve Bogard & Rick Giles
Release date: 1990

DO RIGHT BY ME
Produced by: Steve Bogard & Rick Giles
Release date: 1988 (Rereleased 1997)

Set List

Michelle typically performs a 90-minute concert set consisting of many of her twenty-five Top Ten hits interspersed with her hottest new music. Every year Michelle also does a special Christmas concert tour, "I'm Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas."