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"Miriamm Wright Raises Money For Late Mom's Foundation at The Loft Get Your Groove On At R&B Benefit"

Former "Peaches" Miriamm Wright holds a breast cancer benefit in town.

Date published: 1/24/2008


For five years, Washington, D.C., rhythm-and-blues singer Miriamm Wright had a different name: "Peaches."

Indeed, Ms. Wright played the female foil to funk and soul crooner Herb Fame. She was the fifth woman to hold that spot since Peaches & Herb started cutting tracks in 1965. The mercurial duo is most famous for the late '70s hits "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "Reunited."

It was a tremendous opportunity for Wright, a lifelong singer, and it gave her the inspiration and courage to pursue her own music.

"My stint as Peaches was a wonderful one," she said. "Working with Herb was awesome. I had a chance to do several of the PBS installments, so we got a chance to work with Aretha Franklin, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, Deniece Wil-liams. It gave me a push to keep on doing and staying true to what I know."

Wright coupled those experiences with her degree as an accountant to pursue a number of music-related ventures. She is still a full-time musician, creating her own music, as well as doing freelance studio work. She has her own label, JasMar Entertainment, and she is most proud of her nonprofit organization, the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation.

The foundation is named for her mother, who passed away from the disease at age 39. Miriamm Wright hopes to comfort cancer patients by providing basic needs like groceries, house cleaning and transportation.

"I turned my pain into my passion," Wright said. "It's a wonderful celebration of my mom's life. She was a lover of music as well."

The foundation is funded mainly by Wright's benefit concerts. "It's kind of like a form of music therapy," she said. "You use the arts to make people feel good."

Wright will be performing two benefit shows at The Loft on Princess Anne Street this Saturday.

Her new album "The Road of Peace" will be released on her own label in March, and the concerts will offer a sneak-peek at new material from the CD. Washington's all-woman funk band Lady Rhythm will back her up onstage.

Concert-goers can expect a show that hits on a wide range of styles, including R&B, gospel, pop and soul. Wright cites Minnie Riperton, Chaka Khan and Celine Dion as influences, but her experience singing R&B classics has allowed her to find her own voice.

"We're just excited to let the funk flow," she said. "Whenever I get a chance to share the gift, that's what I do."

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"On the Pink Carpet"

Bejeweled from head to toe and dressed in fuchsia and white silk, Miriamm took the Kennedy Center stage by storm, never leaving the Terrace Theatre the same. This came as no shock to me since I’ve had the privilege of being blessed by this songbird’s voice numerous times. But this performance was different.

It was personal.

At age ten, Miriamm lost her mother to breast cancer. In lieu of this, and to further her mom’s legacy, Miriamm founded the non-profit organization the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (EPW) whose mission is to assist persons and families facing breast cancer with their practical day-to-day living.

With all the singing and dancing on stage, your eyes were constantly drawn to the “Walk of Courage” inscribed pink carpet draped behind her. The carpet honors women and men who have and are battling breast cancer. Friday, October 5, 2007, the carpet was unveiled and names read serving as a traveling memorial celebrating breast cancer survivors and families.

Unselfish of her time and God-given talent both vocally and as a thespian, I can only imagine the great lengths this single mother of two will go to in helping to find a cure for breast cancer. After witnessing her Kennedy Center performance, I asked myself the question, “What great lengths am I willing to go?”

For foundation information and artist contact info go to www.miriamm.com and www.epwfoundation.org.

- by FOX 5 WTTG myvoicedc.com staffer TLynLo


Road of Peace
© 2008 JasMar Entertainment

1 Future
2 Rockin' & Swayin'
3 without YOU
4 Road of Peace
5 Free
6 Gotta Keep Movin'
7 Just Have Faith
8 Good Life
9 Against the World
10 We Are 1

Miriamm...Live! at Blues Alley
© 2004 JasMar Entertainment

1 Blues Alley Welcomes
2 A Legacy Continues
3 Inside My Love
4 Here We Go
5 Take It Easy
6 Reasons
7 Good Lawd
8 We MUST Find A Cure
9 We WILL Find A Cure (reprise)
10 Let Your Mind Go
11 Lovin' You *
12 La La La Ooo




The New Voice of Music, Old School Funk, New School Fierce!

The Voice ~

Having worked with some of music industry’s giants, R&B artist Miriamm is a highly sought-after performer, spanning audiences the world over. She most recently toured as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo Peaches & Herb, appearing most notably in several installment pledge drives for PBS Broadcasting. Miriamm has also toured Europe with Tony Award winning director George Faison’s production of “Sing Mahalia Sing.” She has shared her gift in countless shows and appearances, including performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Winter Olympics, NBA & NFL half-time events, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Magic Johnson Foundation, National Medical Association, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Miriamm released her second CD entitled, “Road of Peace,” May 2008.

The Philanthropist ~

At the age of 10, Miriamm lost her mother to breast cancer. Driven by a desire to carry on her mother’s legacy, Miriamm founded the non-profit organization the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (EPW), whose mission is to assist persons and families facing breast cancer with their practical day-to-day living.

Miriamm recorded her first release entitled, “Miriamm…Live! @ Blues Alley” in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness. This solo CD, dubbed as her “passion project,” is hailed by many as a remarkable tribute to her mother, Edith P. Wright, as well as to Minnie Riperton, both of whom succumbed to breast cancer while only in their 30s. The CD has also been recognized as an excellent tool for educating the community on the issue of breast cancer awareness.

Miriamm has donated her time, talents, and resources in an effort to aid in the fight against breast cancer. In addition to performing for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, Miriamm wrote and produced a play entitled, “Sounding the Alarm,” which continues the theme of education by dispelling many of the myths surrounding breast cancer. In October 2007, through EPW, Miriamm headlined “A Concert of Love: Honoring Breast Cancer Survivors,” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Entrepreneur ~

As founder and partner of JasMar WorldWide, LLC (JasMar), Miriamm is actively engaged in the community, furthering the company’s mission of “serving the community through music, art and education.” Annually, Miriamm participates in numerous educational events, where she has the distinct honor of performing and serving as a speaker and panelist. As a supporter of the arts, Miriamm shares, “A part of the vision of JasMar is to provide empowerment to the community through education and artistic expression.”

Miriamm is a member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, Washington Area Music Association, Songwriters Association of Washington, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

More than just a woman with a voice!