J. Douglas Wright is a singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina, and currently based in Georgia. Wright’s music is rooted in modern and classic rock styles, and explores the themes of faith, following Christ’s example of unconditional love, and recognizing the gifts God gives us everyday. Wright has been recognized by the the Independent Music Awards, nominated for 2016 Christian Song Jangchikyjang and winner for 2011 Christian Song Glorious Savior; the International Music and Entertainment Association, nominated for 2016 Christian Artist of the Year and Christian Song of the Year Typical Day in Heaven, winner of 2015 Christian Album of the Year HOLE IN THE SKY, nominated for 2015 Christian Song of the Year Make Us New, nominated for 2014 Christian Artist of the Year, winner of 2013 Christian Artist of the Year; the International Songwriting Competition Best Contemporary Christian Song Winner, Glorious Savior, and Embassy Music 2003 Grand-Prize Winning Songwriter.
In describing his musical background, Wright says, “Growing up, there was always music in our home. My mom was a singer. When she was in college, she auditioned and was selected from hundreds of others to headline a band for a summer television show based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has one of the best voices I’ve heard. My dad was self-taught on the piano and played the bassoon, my brother was in a band, and my sister and I sang together for many years. So it was natural that music became a way for me to express my faith.”
Church was also an important part of Wright’s life growing up in Asheville. “We were members of a large church in Asheville for many years, and then started attending a smaller church in Swannanoa, North Carolina. The pastor and members of this church gave my sister and me so many opportunities to grow and develop our music ministry. I have always kept my membership there because of what the church meant to me all those years.”
Wright's most recent project, HOLE IN THE SKY, was produced by Brandon “Swaff” Swafford (Family Force 5, Decemberadio, After Edmund, 7eventh Time Down,Third Day, JJ Weeks Band) of The Delivery Room in Villa Rica, Georgia. The theme of the album was inspired by I Corinthians 2:9 that says, " Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into our hearts the things that God has prepared for them who love him." As Wright says, "If we could get a glimpse of what is going on behind the scenes and from God's perspective, we would never worry."
There have been three radio singles from the album: "Mama's Faith" is about Wright's mother, Kitty Wright, and is even more special because she is a featured singer on the song. It reached #3 on the Christian Music Weekly Christian Chart and #1 on the Christian Radio Chart. "Typical Day in Heaven" gives a glimpse into what may be happening this very day in Heaven with those who have gone before us. It was one of 50 songs selected for the Apple Music Found Sounds Playlist covering songs from 2014-2016, one of 25 on the Breaking Christian Playlist, and was on the Billboard National Airplay Most Added Christian Rock Chart. It was also the #1 song of 2016 on Crossroads Radio and won the IMEA Award for Best Christian Song. "No Go" was on the Billboard National Airplay Most Added Christian Rock Chart a total of three times.
A new project is expected in early 2018. For more information about J. Douglas Wright and his music, visit www.jdouglaswright.com.