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 (IMA), nominated in 2020 for Christian album Breathing Fire Like Dragons, 2016 for Christian Song Jangchikyjang and winning in 2011 for Christian Song Glorious Savior; the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA), winning in 2020 for Christian Artist of the Year, winning in 2018 for Christian Song No Go, nominated in 2016 for Christian Artist of the Year and Christian Song of the Year Typical Day in Heaven, winning in 2015 for Christian Album of the Year HOLE IN THE SKY, nominated in 2015 for Christian Song of the Year Make Us New, nominated in 2014 for Christian Artist of the Year, and winning in 2013 for Christian Artist of the Year; the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), winning in 2011 for Best Contemporary Christian Song Glorious Savior, and Embassy Music, Grand-Prize Winning Songwriter in 2003.
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, Breathing Fire Like Dragons, 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 title and theme of the album are about recognizing the power of God that lives within us. As we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) in His image (Genesis 1:27), so we should never have a moment of fear (Deuteronomy 31:8)!
The album debuted at #22 on iTunes Christian Chart. The first single, "Grace Pockets", reached #1 on the Effect Radio Network Top 20 Countdown the weeks of June 19 and June 26, 2020 and #22 on the Top 30 Christian Alternative Chart. The second single, "Blindspot", reached #4 on the Crossroads Top 30 Songs of 2019 and #17 on the Top 30 Christian Alternative Chart. Wright was also Artist of the Month on the Effect Radio Network in February 2020.
For more information about J. Douglas Wright and his music, visit www.jdouglaswright.net.