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Betty Wright

Biography

Vocalist Betty Wright became a consistently strong existence in the Miami music picture, primarily within the ’70s and ’80s, although she continued to record with the 2010s. Delivered on Dec 21, 1953, in Miami, Florida, Wright started her singing profession in early stages as an associate of her family’s gospel group, the Echoes of Pleasure. By age 13, she got begun showing up on other performers’ recordings being a back-up singer and, quickly thereafter, started her solo profession. In 1968, she have scored a a high 40 with “Women Can’t Perform What the people Perform” and released her debut record, My FIRST-TIME Around. It might be several years, nevertheless, before Wright would appreciate her next significant hit; “TIDY UP Woman,” significant because of its prominent electric guitar riff and Wright’s swaggering business lead vocal, peaked at number 2 in the R&B and amount six in the pop graphs in 1972. 2 yrs afterwards, Wright received a Grammy Prize for the tune “Where May be the Like?” (never to end up being baffled with the renowned Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway melody of the same name). Wright gradually issued albums through the entire 10 years, including such standout game titles as 1975’s Risk Great Voltage (which spawned three R&B strikes) and 1978’s Betty Wright Live. A 1981 cooperation with Stevie Wonder, “WHAT EXACTLY ARE You Gonna Perform With It?,” became Wright’s last significant single hit. She continuing issuing albums, furthermore to attempting her hand being a tv talk present hostess and adding songwriting, support vocals, vocal creation, and engineering function to albums by a large number of high-profile performers, including Erykah Badu, Regina Belle, David Byrne, Jennifer Lopez, Joss Rock, Angie Rock, and Lil Wayne. She also done Diddy’s Press Play and made an appearance being a vocal trainer in the Poor Boy label head’s Producing the Music group series. In 2011, she collaborated using the Root base on Betty Wright: The Film, her first single album in ten years.

Quick Facts


Full Name Betty Wright
Profession Singer, Music Producer
Nationality American
Children Chaka Azuri, Aisha "Bombshell" McCray, Patrick Parker, Asha Wright, Patrice Parker
Parents Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright, McArthur Norris
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Tonight Is the Night, After the Pain, Clean up Woman, You Can't See for Lookin', Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do, Old Songs, Thank You For The Many Things You've Done, Let Me Be Your Lovemaker, Slip and Do It, In the Middle of the Game, Shoorah Shoorah, From Pain To Joy, He's Bad, Bad, Bad, Is It You Girl, Grapes on a Vine, Real Woman, Goodbye You, Hello Him, I'm Gettin' Tired Baby, I Love the Way You Love, If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me, Ooola La, The Best Girls Don't Always Win, You and Me, Leroy, Whisper in the Wind, If I Ever Do Wrong, 4 U 2 Njoy, Lovin' Is Really My Game, Watch Out Love, So Long, So Wrong, She's Older Now, Ain't No Sunshine, Sweet Lovin' Daddy
Albums Betty Wright: The Movie, My First Time Around, Hard to Stop, Danger High Voltage, This Time for Real, Mother Wit, Wright Back at You, Living Love Lies, B-Attitudes, Fit For A King, Sevens, Explosion, Clean Up Woman, Triumph Through Football
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Movies Mind Body & Soul Sessions: Live in New York City


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice UK 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sitter 2011 writer: "I Wanna Sex You Up" - as Bessie Regina Norris
Dreams of a Life 2011 Documentary performer: "No Pain, No Gain", "Fakin' Moves" / writer: "No Pain, No Gain", "Fakin' Moves" - as Regina Bessie Norris
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
No Strings Attached 2011/I writer: "I WANNA SEX YOU UP"
Fair Game 2010/I performer: "GOOD LOVIN'"
Willkommen Österreich 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Weird World of Blowfly 2010 Documentary performer: "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do", "Clean Up Woman"
The Kids Are All Right 2010 performer: "Good Lovin'"
Fired Up! 2009 writer: "Knockin' Boots"
Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 writer: "I Wanna Sex You Up"
You Don't Mess with the Zohan 2008 writer: "I Wanna Sex You Up"
Idool 2007 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 performer: "Shoo-Rah, Shoo-Rah"
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special writer: "Right to Be Wrong"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 writer: "Lovin' You Easy"
Mad Cows 1999 performer: "Clean Up Woman"
New Waterford Girl 1999 performer: "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby"
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 performer: "Every Breath You Take"
Plump Fiction 1997 performer: "Clean Up Woman"
True Love 1989/I performer: "No Pain, No Gain", "How 'Bout Us" / writer: "No Pain, No Gain"
Bebê a Bordo 1988 TV Series performer: "No pain no gain"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Magic City 2013 TV Series Lead Singer
Soul Train 1973-1976 TV Series Singer / Guest

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Record Man 2015 Documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2012 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Baisden After Dark 2007 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1972-1989 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 16th Annual American Music Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1978 TV Series Herself
Rock Concert 1976 TV Series Herself
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional R&B Performance · The Roots
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance For the song "Go" (Live.)
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group · Angie Stone


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