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Syreeta

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Some performers, such as for example Florence Ballard, were floor up in the Motown hitmaking machine — and some, like Syreeta, found their callings and success in other areas from the music business. Created in Pittsburgh, Rita Wright experienced her sights arranged on a carrying out career, and fortunately her family relocated to Detroit when she is at her teenagers and she experienced the skill to back again up the target. She found the company being a secretary and was afterwards uncovered by Brian Holland, 1 / 3 from the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting group, who started using her being a back-up singer on several information and brought her to Berry Gordy’s interest. He was therefore impressed with Wright’s tone of voice that he agreed upon her up and afterwards provided her a melody, “I CANNOT SURRENDER the Love PERSONALLY I THINK for you personally,” co-authored by Holland, Ashford, and Simpson, that originally have been designed for Diana Ross. In Wright’s hands (acknowledged to Rita Wright), the one did sufficiently, especially abroad, where she afterwards discovered she acquired a serious pursuing. Wright afterwards met and fell deeply in love with Stevie Question, and both were wedded in Sept of 1970 — by that point, she was utilizing the name Syreeta, that is how she became most widely known to the general public. The non-public union lasted just two years, nonetheless it led her right into a brand-new section of music, being a lyricist. Question began setting up her poems to music, and she understood that she could write music; their cooperation as composers and performers outlasted the relationship by 3 years, and resulted in some superb function in both departments. Their following hits jointly included “IN THE EVENT THAT YOU REALLY LIKE Me,” “Agreed upon, Covered, Delivered,” and “From the Pity” — her biggest strikes, “Spinnin’ and Spinnin'” and “Your Kiss Is normally Sweet,” had been also Wonder/Wright collaborations. Syreeta released her initial record under that name in 1972, over the Motown MoWest imprint — Syreeta, made by Stevie Wonder, was one of the most beautifully made information issued with the label in the 1970s and provided her voice the very first completely realized display it ever endured. They released two even more albums collectively, and she continued to be using the label for nine even more years, within the tiny band of “inside” performers (alongside her former mate) who have been more than simply business acquaintances. She obtained lots five strike in 1980 using the ballad “ALONG WITH YOU I’m Created Once again,” a duet with Billy Preston, and in addition documented duets with Jermaine Jackson, among additional performers within the label, through the early ’80s. Syreeta retired from full-time music function in the middle-’80s to be able to devote herself to her personal existence and family members, but she continued to be a much-loved designer from Motown’s metallic age. Following a long struggle with tumor, Syreeta passed on July 6, 2004.

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Full Name Syreeta Wright
Died July 6, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Stevie Wonder
Children Hodari Robertson, Takiyah Muhammad, Harmoni Muhammad, Jamal Robertson
Parents Essie Wright
Siblings Kim Wright
Music Songs With You I'm Born Again, To Know You Is to Love You, Your Kiss Is Sweet, Harmour Love, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I Love Every Little Thing About You, She's Leaving Home, Quick Slick, I Wanna Be by Your Side, I'm Goin' Left, Come and Get This Stuff, Black Maybe, Can't Shake Your Love, Just a Little Piece of You, 'Cause We've Ended as Lovers, First Time on a Ferris Wheel, Universal Sound Of The World, Waitin' for the Postman, Keep Him Like He Is, When Your Daddy's Not Around, Tiki Tiki Donga, Baby Don't You Let Me Lose This, I Too Am Wanting, You Set My Love in Motion, Move It, Do It, Let's Make a Deal, Heavy Day, Stay With Love, Touch Me Take Me, I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You, Love Fire, There's Nothing Like a Woman in Love


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1 Berry Gordy chose her to replace Diana Ross as lead singer of The Supremes, but Mary Wilson vetoed it.
2 Recorded last album in 1983 titled "The Spell".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nunca es tarde 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Samba 2014 performer: "To Know You, Is t Love You" / writer: "To Know You, Is t Love You" - as Syreeta Wright
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Levenslied TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duets 2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Three Stooges 2012 writer: "It's A Shame" - as Syreeta Wright
The Office 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2012 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Joyful Noise 2012 writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - as Syreeta Wright
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Valentine's Day 2010/I writer: "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours" - as Syreeta Wright
The Young and the Restless 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doctors 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Holiday 2006 writer: "It's a Shame" 1970 - as Syreeta White
Idols 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol 2003-2005 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Junebug 2005 performer: "Harmour Love"
Malaysian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2002-2004 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Naked Fame 2004 Documentary writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - as S. Write
Laws of Attraction 2004 writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - as Syreeta Wright
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 performer: "Come Inside"
Idols! 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The West Wing 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
You've Got Mail 1998 writer: "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours" - as Syreeta Wright
Overnight Delivery 1998 Video writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - as Syreeta Wright
Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus 1998 Video performer: "Across the Sea of Time"
Now and Then 1995 writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
Chicago Hope 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crooklyn 1994 writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
Poetic Justice 1993 writer: "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" - as Syreeta Wright
Class Act 1992 writer: "It's a Shame My Sister" - as Syreeta Wright
Designing Women 1987-1989 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Last Dragon 1985 performer: "First Time On a Ferris Wheel"
DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues 1984 Video writer: "Signed, Sealed and Delivered"
Happy Endings 1983/II TV Movie performer: "HAPPY ENDINGS", "I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN"
Body and Soul 1981 performer: "You Make Me Feel Born Again" - as Syreeta Wright
Time Bandits 1981 performer: "Dream Away" - uncredited
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1981 performer: "It's So Easy"
Happy Birthday to Me 1981 performer: "Happy Birthday to Me"
Loving Couples 1980 performer: "AND SO IT BEGINS", "TURN UP THE MUSIC"
Top of the Pops 1979-1980 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Fast Break 1979 "He Didn't Stay Long Enough to Say Goodbye" / performer: "With You I'm Born Again" uncredited, "Go for It", "Go for It Disco" uncredited
The Secret Life of Plants 1978 Documentary performer: "Come Back as a Flower"
The Krofft Comedy Hour 1978 TV Movie writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
Thank God It's Friday 1978 performer: "Let's Make a Deal"
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aloha, Bobby and Rose 1975 writer: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Forget the Motorcity 2008 Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New American Bandstand 1965 1982 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1974-1982 TV Series documentary Herself / Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1981 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1980 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
Search for a Star 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest
Top of the Pops 1979-1980 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series Herself on Fancy Lady
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Herself
In Session 1974 TV Series Herself

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops 1980-1981 TV Series Herself

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