Michelle Wright and her full five-piece band will be on stage at the Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake, Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The show Songs from the Halls is part of Wrights fall tour of 30 Canadian cities celebrating her induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
“It’s really exciting to be in the hall of fame and be able to connect with the fans who put me there,” Wright says.
Wright says she started organizing the tour a year ago after being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and was thrilled this year when she was one of five nominees for the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards female artist of the year award.
She says it is the first time that someone has been inducted into the hall of fame one year and nominated for female vocalist of the year the very next year.
“That was so cool,” Wright says. “I was very pleased. It made me very happy.”
This special concert tour features many of Wright’s award-winning greatest hits plus a spectacular collection of world class songs from members of various halls of fame whose music be it country, pop, soul or rock, has inspired Wright throughout her career.
From Anne Murray and Merle Haggard to Aretha Franklin and Al Green, the evening will feature an unprecedented night of music and entertainment.
In planning the tour Wright says she listened to hundreds of songs by country and other hall of fame artists and chose the ones that inspired her most and suited her style.
“I responded to the artists who affected me and who inspired me growing up,” Wright says.
Wright says she also just finished co-writing a new album that will be polished and released after this tour. One single from the album called Another Good Day was recently released and climbed into the top 40. Another song, Strong, from the album will also soon be released.
Wright says she is excited about the upcoming tour with her full five-piece band.
The show includes Wright’s smash hits such as Take It Like A Man, the SOCAN award winning I Surrender, her ground-breaking look at adoption, He Would Be Sixteen, her successful collaboration with pianist Jim Brickman, Your Love, and thirteen other fan favourites recorded at theatres in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Olds, Alberta, at various times during 2009 and 2010.
Since her 1990 Arista/Nashville self-titled debut album, Wright has sold nearly two million albums in the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed an international career that has seen her grace concert stages across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Wright has amassed 25 top-10 hits and accepted more than 40 major North American music awards with popular songs such as Shut Up and Kiss Me.
The Academy of Country Music, the Junos, MuchMusic and the Canadian Country Music Association all have honoured Wright over the years.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Morpeth, Ontario, Wright began singing as a child.
She heard rhythm and blues and Motown hits coming out of Detroit, just 45 minutes away. But especially she heard the strains of country music, since Michelle’s parents were both country performers.
“My earliest memories of music are singing in the car, or spending the weekend with my father after my parents separated and watching him put on a rhinestone-studded suit to perform in.”
As a young girl, she tagged along on countless jobs. “We never were a family band, but I got a lot of inspiration and encouragement from my mother. That’s where my love of country music really began.”
Wright makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee with her businessman husband, Marco, their four dogs and one cat.
Wright says Canadian singers and songwriters living in Nashville are very supportive of one another and often get together to play and write songs together.
Wright’s Gibraltar Room concert sponsored by The Worlf radio is Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for cash only at Margetts Meats and Bob’s Shoes, Workwear & Repair.