Hearing Brittney Wright declare “I Win” in her recent single release is inspiring and convincing that everyone can be an “overcomer” through the power of the gospel. It is merely a foretaste of her first album, The Beginning, to be released Aug. 24. Wright is a hard-working preacher’s kid who believes the message she sings and explodes with the passion to share it and see the manifestation of it. She was born in Mobile, Ala., and raised in Cleveland. Her travels brought her to Baltimore where she studied with the late Dr. Nathan Carter at Morgan State University. She is currently the praise and worship leader and director of the Young People’s choir at the Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church.
AFRO: When did you first encounter music?
Brittany Wright: When I was a baby, I guess. My dad sings. I have uncles and aunts who sing and play instruments. I told my dad when I was about 3 years old that I wanted to sing a solo at church. When I told him the song I wanted to sing was “Saving All My Love For You,” he rightly decided I wasn’t quite ready to sing in his church. I still did personal concerts in my room and on the front porch. When I did have my singing debut, at 4 or 5 I sang “If Anybody Asks You Who I Am.” From that time I sang in the choirs at church and as I grew, was asked to sing solos around the city.
AFRO: I know you sing gospel music, but what’s the particular message you hope to deliver?
BW: Today—that’s my message. That no one has done so much wrong that God won’t forgive them. And so you can begin that relationship you’ve been wanting with God today. You can start today. You can make a fresh start today. You can follow that call on your life today. You don’t have to put it off. You don’t have to put off starting that business you’ve been wanting. You can start it today. You don’t have to put off reading your Bible. You can read it today.
AFRO: And who’s your message for?
BW: It’s for everyone. I didn’t want to just sing to church people who are already saved. I wanted to sing a song for everyone, one that would meet people where they are and encourage them. Everyone needs encouragement from time to time, even church people. Everyone has doubt from time to time, even church people.
I’m a gospel artist but I didn’t want people who don’t go to church to feel like they couldn’t relate to my music. As Christians, it’s our job to go out and minister to people. I believe the call that God has given me is to go out and to convey the ultimate call, which is to have a deeper relationship with God. That’s the goal.
AFRO: Describe the uniqueness of your voice.
BW: It’s lower than average artists’, a little jazzy, a little raspy. I don’t just have one style that I like. I listen to classical music. I sing classical. I love country, love folks songs, love jazz, traditional gospel, urban gospel and all that’s intertwined with the hymns and other music I grew up with. That makes me kind of stand out from others and gives me a style that’s a little different.
AFRO: What does singing do for you?
BW: Singing for me is a form of release, a form of worship. Even when I can’t talk about an issue or a problem I can sing and it turns into a healing, a cleansing, a calming for me, because ultimately it turns into me just singing praises to God.
AFRO: Are many of your songs original?
BW: I was able to write the majority of the songs along with Joshua Lay of Left Brain Productions. This is
very rare for a new artist. Once they listened to me, they believed in my gift and what I had to say and thought it was different from other gospel artists.
AFRO: How will you live out your call through music?
BW: My goal is to make music as transparent as possible and I think God has given me a specific purpose. In my short time on earth, I’ve gone through some things and my testimony will help someone else. People often think because you’ve been in church all your life you don’t go through anything. Sometimes we Christians think because you’re saved you don’t have a lot of things going on. I just believe I’m to go out to people and let them know that I definitely understand what they’re going through, and not in a judgmental way. To introduce them to the God I know.
AFRO: What’s one of the things you’d really like to do to make a difference?
BW: I grew up around a lot of women. One of my aunts was a foster mom so I met a lot of young girls from broken homes. That encouraged me to want to start young women’s enlightenment center. Just teaching basic things like etiquette, writing résumés, balancing checkbooks and interviewing properly.
“The Beginning” drops on Aug. 24. To find out more, visit www.brittneywright.com. Contact YSC Management , [email protected], for engagement information.