Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Wright’

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Michelle Wright 2011 CD

November 26, 2011

Artst: Michelle Wright
Release: The Wright Songs – An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright
Year: 2011
Genre: Country
Website: http://www.michelle-wright.com
Born: Chatham-Kent
Resides: Merlin Ontario, currently in Nashville

Notes: The Wright Songs – An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright captures the magical essence of the more than 40 acoustic trio concerts Canadian country music star Michelle Wright performed in Canada during the past two years. Recently inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Wright has chosen to spotlight songs from her CDs both old and new on this, her first live album. The Wright Songs features sparkling acoustic arrangements of many of Wright’s biggest hits, including her career-making smash, “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.

Highlights:
Michelle had 25 top ten hits in Canada. Seven went to #1
Five Gold records
Two multi-platinum records
World wide record sales nearing two million units & one million in Canada
Toured North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, & Australia

Tracks
1. In The Blink Of An Eye
2. I Surrender
3. You Can’t Lose Them All
4. What Love Looks Like
5. He Would Be Sixteen
6. Something Wild
7. Crank My Tractor
8. I Don’t Wanna Be That Strong
9. Safe In The Arms Of Love
10. Guitar Talk
11. Your Love
12. The Old Song And Dance
13. I’ve Forgotten You
14. Broken
15. Nobody’s Girl
16. Take It Like A Man
17. Everything And More

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Melody Ramblers 1979

October 1, 2010

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Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1979
Band: 1953-1994
Style: Country Music Covers

Members:
(Left to right)
Dan St.Pierre – Guitar
Rene Brosseau – Bass
Dennis Smith – Pedal Steel
Michelle Wright – Vocals
Bradley J. Preston – Vocals, Acoustic
Larry St. Pierre – Drums

  If you are from Chatham-Kent Ontario, then chances are you know that country music star MICHELLE WRIGHT got her start with the Melody Ramblers.
  A very young Michelle was added to the band to help diversify the band, giving them the ability to perform songs by female country artists and relieve Brad Preston of the long nights of solid vocal duties. Michelle was new to the scene but developed quickly, later leaving to join a band an hour away, across the Canadian border in Detroit.

The group’s original line-up formed in 1953, and has included the top players from the area for the better part of 40 years. This 1979 line-up was interesting because it included many members who’s talents caught the eye of the international country music scene.

You can read up on individual members  or the bands history through the years, by going to our home page and scrolling down to the list of bands/artists from Chatham.

Photo: Given to the Chatham Music Archive with permission for the Chatham Music Archive, from the St. Pierre family. Thank you to the St. Pierre family for helping us present the rich deep history of the Melody Ramblers in our community.

Demo Kid note 2010: While doing the research on the group, it was interesting to find out that my Uncle Eugene played in this band later on. In 2009, I was introduced to Rene (was the bass player for the band at the time) who is now one of the most popular pedal steel players in Canada. He played on our home demos (with Jesse V) and was just simply so pro and friendly that I was amazed I got the chance to record with a musician with such a love and experience of music. 

Email your pics & info to: chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Chatham Music Archive Article 2009

November 18, 2009

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 ‘BAND’ING Together 
Posted By ELLWOOD SHREVE
Chatham Daily News Nov.14th 2009

  If you have a favourite local band still playing or from when you were younger, try checking out the website www.chathamusicarchive.com created by Shawn Beaulieu.
   In a short period of time, the 35-year-old Chatham resident has compiled an impressive amount of information on local bands and musicians, including photos and small biographies, which are listed by both name and year released.
   Beaulieu began the project about four or five years ago as a blog, but since being laid off six months ago, he has been able to devote several hours a day to the website.
“All of a sudden it turned into more than a hobby and all of a sudden it got bigger and bigger,” Beaulieu said.
  He has been a part of the local music scene as a member of the band Foster Child, which became the Janet Theory.
  Beaulieu credits the help he has received from Jeff Mifflin, who works at Strings N’ Things and is the guitarist with The O’Hara Brothers band. He said Mifflin was able to access photos of several local bands that have been displayed at the local music store over the years. He also noted the members of the 1980s group Manpower, which have teamed up again this year, “got me into a lot of this.” Beaulieu said the website is getting the attention of several local musicians, past and present, noting people have been coming to him with information. Beaulieu is impressed with the wealth of musical talent and the wide range of genres that has come out of the Chatham-Kent area, and wanted a way to show that to the world.
  He has done extensive research at the Chatham Public Library, gathering information dating back to 1889 with the formation of the Chatham City Band. There is plenty of interesting information on well-known older bands, including the Melody Ramblers, which once boasted current country music star Michelle Wright as its lead singer. When Wright left to pursue a solo career, she was replaced by Wendy Jenkins, who also enjoyed success with the popular band. Then there is The Missing Links, including members John, Fred and Eddy Larson and Bill McGrath, whose 1966 album “It’s Link Up Time,” was produced by Paul Shaffer, best known today for his long stint with the David Letterman Show.
 
   The site is also filling up with information on several local bands from today’s era. Beaulieu said the website can also serve as a resource for bands that are looking for musicians with certain skills or local clubs that want to hire local bands to play. “I only knew about 10 per cent of the bands when I started doing this,” Beaulieu said. “There’s a big scene going on, but nobody knows each other.”

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Michelle Wright Live At The Comber Fair (2009)

May 28, 2009
MICHELLE WRIGHT
MICHELLE WRIGHT

Artist: MICHELLE WRIGHT
Style: Country
Home: Tennessee
Raised: Chatham Kent
Year: 2009

Catch Michelle live this summer Saturday, August 8th
Comber Fair [Full Band] Comber, ON

From her official online bio.

   Since her 1990 Arista/Nashville self-titled debut CD, Michelle Wright has been drawing rave reviews for her powerful voice and her distinctive style. Over the subsequent 15 years, she has sold nearly 2 million albums in the United States and Canada and enjoyed an international career, one that has seen her grace concert stages across North America and appear in Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia. Michelle has amassed a total of twenty-five Top Ten hits in her homeland of Canada and walked to podiums in music centers like Los Angeles and Toronto to accept more than 30 major awards. She is the first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man, 1992) and a Number One video on CMT-USA (Take It Like A Man, 1992), and to win a major U.S. music industry award (Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist, 1993

   From her professional beginnings as a teenager to the present day, Michelle has steadily grown into an entertainer of the highest rank and has collected a trophy room full of awards to prove it. Her career is such that opportunity continually blesses her. Highlights of her recent touring calendar include her first Australian concerts in 2004, a trip to Afghanistan in 2006 to perform for the Canadian and NATO troops serving there, and an annual Christmas tour (I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas, now in its fifth year) that is fast becoming a North American seasonal tradition. Michelle’s songwriting activity continues to grow: she signed her first writer’s deal with BMG Music Publishing in Los Angeles in 2001; that same year she received her first songwriting award (presented by SOCAN to mark the multi-format Canadian success of her single, I Surrender); and since then she has co-written many of her recent hits. The new decade has seen three new CDs from Michelle generating more sales and more hits: SHUT UP AND KISS ME, released by Sony/BMG in June, 2002; her first Christmas album, A WRIGHT CHRISTMAS, released in Canada on Icon Records in October, 2005 and around the rest of the world on Savannah Music in November, 2008; and her first full album of country material in ten years, EVERYTHING AND MORE, released in Canada on Icon Records in July, 2006 and around the rest of the world on Savannah Music in early 2008. Michelle has also begun to establish herself as a radio personality, launching her first syndicated radio show, The Women of Country with Michelle Wright, in April, 2005, and as an author, releasing her first book, A Year In The Life: The Journals of Michelle Wright, in May, 2005.

   These days, Michelle is happy, enjoying her career and her home in Tennessee. Since marrying Marco Convertino in April, 2002 (the first marriage for both), her personal life is as satisfying as her professional career, and the future continues to look unquestionably “Wright.”

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Michelle Wright – For Me It’s You (1996)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : Michelle Wright
Home : Originally from Merlin/Chatham
Release Title : For Me It’s You  ( BMG )
Music Style : Country
Date :  July 1,1996 Canada August 27, 1996 US

Musicians :
Session Artists:    Raul Malo, Matt Rollings

Recording credits -
Producers – Jim Scherer, Tim Dubois, Monty Powell, John Guess,Val Garay

Track Listing.
Nobody’s Girl – Gretchen Peters
The Answer Is Yes -  Rodney Crowell
We’ve Tried Everything Else – Bob DiPiero, Steve Seskin, Pam Tilliss
I’m Not Afraid  -  Debi Cochran, Jule Medders, Doug Pincock,Monty Powell, Anna Wilson
What Love Looks Like  – Christi Dannemiller, Lisa Drew, Michelle Wright
Crank My Tractor  -  Steven Dale Jones, Mark Narmore
You Owe Me  – Ronnie Samoset, Craig Wiseman
For Me Its You  -  Trev Bruce, Marilyn Martin, Thom McIugh
Laid Back Stone Cold  – Jackson Leap
As Good As It Gets  -  Chuck Jones, Rafe VanHoy
Love Has No Pride  -  Eric Kaz, Libby Titus
Listen here :
http://www.myspace.com/michellewrightmusic
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Michelle+Wright

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Michelle Wright – The Reasons Why (1994)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : Michelle Wright
Home : Originally from Merlin/Chatham
Release Title : The Reasons Why  ( Arista/BMG )
Music Style : Country
Date :  1994

The Scoop :
* This record went Platinum in Canada, She has toured extensively for the past 4 years in Canada, U.S. and Europe;
* Hon. Chairperson, Operation C.T. Scan St. Joseph’s Hosp. (Chatham, Ont.)
* 1993; Awards: Acad. of Country Music: Top New Female Vocalist 1992; Big Country Awards (RPM Mag.):
* Top Female Vocalist 1989, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95,
* Artist of the Year 1991, ’93, Top Country Album 1993, Top Country Single 1993; Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA): * Entertainer of the Year 1993, 1995; Female Vocalist of the Year 1990, ’91, ’92, ’93, Single of the Year 1991, ’92, ’93,
* Album of the Year 1991, Video of the Year 1992, ’93, Country Music Person of the Year 1992;
* Juno Award: Country Female Vocalist of the Year 1993; has had 2 TV specials;
* awarded Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada 1993; Nashville, Tenn. 37203.

In 1994, came “The Reasons Why.” The opening single, “One Good Man,” only reached number 48. Arista decided to delay the album in hopes of creating some momentum.

Track Listing.
One Good Man  – Steve Bogard, Rick Giles
Safe in the Arms of Love -  Pat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Paam Rose
We’ve Tried Everything Else -  Bob DiPiero, Steve Seskin, Pam Tillis
Cold Kisses  – Chapin Hartford, Pam Tillis
The Reasons Why I’m Gone -  Chuck Cannon, Gary Loyd
Try Getting Over You – Paul Nelson, Craig Wiseman
Where Do We Go From Here  – Jill Colucci, Randy Sharp, Michelle WWright
Tell Me More  – Chuck Jones, Cactus Moser
The Wall – Steve Bogard, Rick Giles
The Old Song and Dance -  Laying Martime,Jr., Kent Robbins

 
Listen here :
http://www.myspace.com/michellewrightmusic
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Michelle+Wright

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Michelle Wright – Now And Then (1992)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : Michelle Wright                                       

Home : Originally from Merlin/Chatham
Release : Now & Then                                           

Music Style : Country 
Date :  May 1992
Recording credits – Arista/BMG
Producer:    Steve Bogard; Rick Giles            

Engineer:    Mike Clute
Recorded at Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville.

Musicians :
Michelle Wright (vocals) , Brent Mason, Biff Watson (guitars) , John Willis (guitar, mandolin) , Bruce Bouton (pedal steel) , Sonny Garish (pedal steel, Dobro) , Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards) , Catherine Styron (keyboards) , Carl Marsh (Fairlight)
Spady Brannan (bass) , Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion) , Rick Giles, Lari White, Karen Staley (b. vocals

The Scoop : This record went Double Platinum in Canada, with 5 no. 1 singles as of 1997.

1. Take It Like A Man  2. If I’m Ever Over You 3. Now And Then  4. One Time Around 5. He Would Be Sixteen 6. Change, The  7. Don’t Start With Me 8. Guitar Talk 9. Fastest Healing Wounded Heart 10. Little More Comfortable

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Michelle Wright – Self Titled CD goes Gold in Canada (1990)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : Michelle Wright                       Home : Originally from Merlin/Chatham
Release : self titled                                Music Style : Country
Date :  Released July 17, 1990

The Scoop : This record went Gold in Canada.

Recording credits – Arista Record
Producer:    Steve Bogard; Rick Giles
Engineer:    Mike Clute
Recorded at OmniSound Recording Studio and Midtown Tone And Volume, Nashville

Musicians :
Michelle Wright  – vocals
Brent Mason – guitars
Paul Hollowell  – keyboards
Richard Brannon – bass
John Gardner – drums
Paul Franklin  – steel guitar, franklin lap steel
Terry McMillan – percussion
Carl Marsh – fairlight.

Tracks: 1. All You Really Want To Do 2. New Kind Of Love 3. Woman’s Intuition 4. Wide Open 5. Not Enough Love To Go ‘Round 6. Longest Night, The 7. Dust Ain’t Settled Yet, The 8. Heartbeat Away, A 9. Like A Hurricane 10. As Far As Lonely Goes

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Michelle Wright – Do Right By Me (1988)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : Michelle Wright
Home : Merlin  Ontario Canada
Release Title : Do Right By Me
Music Style : Country
Date : 1988
Recording credits – 1988 Savannah

The Scoop : Wright grew up in Merlin, Ontario and began playing guitar at age 13. During her high school years she was the rhythm guitarist/singer in the band The Marquis, and played in the Melody Ramblers from Chatham.. Following graduation she struck out on her own playing clubs and touring for two years in the United States.

    In 1983 she returned to Canada and won a country music singing competition held in Sudbury, Ontario winning first prize over a competition of 100 people. Soon after she appeared on The Tommy Hunter Show but live performing was in her blood and she soon joined John McCabe And Utah to tour Ontario and Western Canada.

    After the split of the band in mid-1984, she decided to assemble her own group, Drivin’ Wheel, and toured Canada on her own.

    Soon she hooked up with Brian Ferriman of Supervision Management who sent her to two years of steady festivals, fairs and opening slots for some of Canada’s most prestigious country acts in Canada. One fateful gig was at the Maxville, Ontario Music Festival where she hooked up with songwriters Rick Giles and Steve Bogard who convinced here that she needed to get her act together in Nashville. They spent two weeks recording and the result was a three song demo.

    In February 1986 Wright won the CJBX-FM Country Roads Talent Contest in London, Ontario which raised the remainder of the funds for her to finish her recording project. Giles and Bogard flew to Toronto and produced new versions of her three demos and Savannah Records released the first single, “I Want To Count On You” in June of 1986 to critical and chart raves. It helped land her the coveted nomination of Rising Star Of 1986 from the Canadian Country Music Association.

    In early 1987 Savannah released a second single, “New Fool At An Old Game” which went Top-20 across Canada. This encouragement, along with a fistful of new Giles/Bogard tunes led Wright back into the studio to record her debut album ‘Do Right By Me’.

    The album spawned several more singles and it wasn’t long before Arista Records in Nashville flew to Toronto to catch her showcase at the Diamond Club at which time she was offered a US recording contract.
 

Track Listing.
1 The Rhythm Of Romance   2 Do Right By Me   3 I Want To Count On You   4 I Wish I Were Only Lonely   5 A Good Man Is Hard To Find    6 Rock Me Gently   7 New Fool At An Old Game   8 With A Love Like Yours   9 I Don’t Want To Wonder   10 Reaching For The Stars  

 

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