Charles Wright (Watts 103 rd St. Rhythm Band)

The sensational new book from the composer of the multi-platinum songs “Express Yourself” and “Loveland” — UP: FROM WHERE WE’VE COME, is an extended diary that chronicles the life of singer/composer/musician Charles Wright from the heaps of Mississippi’s cotton fields to the center of the entertainment world! This personal history is not just another music book; it is a winsome, true-life portraiture of a man destined to succeed despite near impossible odds. From the residue of pre-civil rights shackles to the assent of the first African-American president, this document is well scripted with intimate but non-salacious details. This debut publication is one for the ages, and when you peer into its tempestuous pages you will find yourself in the shadow of legendary Charles Wright, one of America’s finest new authors.

Listen live (below) to legendary Charles Wright’s radio show (co-hosted by John Cain) at 88.3 FM KABF, Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am Pacific Time —  Phil C . Brown , Producer.

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BIOGRAPHY: Charles Wright
     Possessing one of the most distinctive voices in music, renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Wright is still making good music, and in his new book UP: FROM WHERE WE’VE COME, he’s writing to tell about his tumultuous life and exciting career, chronicling his rise from obscurity to stardom. From a precocious youngster growing up in rural Clarksdale, Mississippi to an avant-garde recording artist, Charles Wright’s contributions to funk, R&B, and pop music are incalculable. The sheer intensity of his soul and peerless vocal timbre are expressed through his albums and in his DVD’s. A restless audience is inspired just listening to the explosive baseline on “Express Yourself,” his 1971 marquee hit. And for the incurable romantics, his 1968 classic “Loveland” is the anthem that keeps lovers floating on a natural high.
Charles’ career began when he left his A&R post at Delphi Records and started the band Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds. The group then exploded onto the LA nightclub scene with a unique sound that grabbed the attention of industry movers-and-shakers.
Charles’ innovative virtuosity on guitar was constantly showcased in LA recording studios. He quickly became one of LA’s most sought after session musicians, backing up the likes of Bill Cosby. This association led to the band’s 1967 deal with Warner Bros. Records as The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The band became the label’s first successful R&B group.
It would take a city library to list all of Charles’ compositions, but the following are a few more notable hits from the band’s earlier days: “Do Your Thing,” “Spreading Honey,” “Your Love” “ (means everything to me), and “Till You Get Enough.”
Jessie Belvin, a songwriter and superb singer who set the tone for many aspiring LA artists, greatly influenced Charles’ illustrious career. Belvin mentored the fledgling artist and supplied him with tools for success, and Charles listened like an honor student.
Charles’ music has touched a chord with nearly everyone: Companies such as Chrysler, Nike, Hanes, and Burger King use “Express Yourself” to advertise their products. And TV, radio, film, and sports franchises borrow “Express Yourself” to promote their many events. Television shows like I Hate Chris and American Idol Rewind have anxiously showcased the tune to millions.
Charles’ most recent CD’s on A Million $ Worth of Memories Record label, Let’s Make Love Tonight, Be Careful What You Wish For, and Something To make You Feel Good, are musical smorgasbords of new and classic numbers and a few surprises. These are just two of a number of recent releases. Charles Wright’s mark on music history and the rich legacy that he established is one that is time-tested and is one that will flourish indefinitely.

Charles Wright (bottom center) and the original Watts 103rd. St. Rhythm Band plays real funk and R&B —

Legendary singer/composer Charles Wright’s mega-hit song “Express Yourself” has been chosen to provide the thematic thrust for many commercial projects. Wright’s songs have been covered by a kaleidoscope of international acts, including the great Ray Charles, Les McCann, Della Reese, Roger Troutman & Zapp, The Ohio Players, and the Swiss Lon Genes Symphony Orchestra. During the emergence of hip-hop in the 1980s, many rap and pop artists sampled Wright’s funk-filled catalog, including N.W.A., Brand Nubian Funk, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. And since then and not to be left out, the film industry quickly got in on the act by featuring the song in a host of memorable films: Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Cheaper By The Dozen, The Little Fockers, Panther, and The People Vs. Larry Flint are but a few projects that leased the timeless song for their thespian ventures. An assortment of other entities such as Bitburger Beer, Algida Ice Cream, Nokia, The PGA, U Draw, Tide Soap, Nike, Burger King, Singer Sewing Machine, and Kinko’s received a boost in sales through use of “Express Yourself.” The song has also been used in the spring ad campaign for Kohl’s, the NBA’s “I Love This Game” campaign, and Good Morning America’s “Advice Guru” talent search. It is indeed, one of the most-sampled songs in music history with a message that resonates to young and mature listeners. But one of the most important uses of this 1970s classic is Charles Wright’s re-arrangement of “Express Yourself,” a message for youth to “Protect Yourself” from sexually transmitted diseases. For additional information on Charles Wright go to www.expressyourself.net or contact media below.

charles wright and the watts 103rd street rhythm band
 Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd St. Band
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Media Contact: Phil Brown · 6344 Meadow Lakes Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180 · (817) 681-6068; Fax: (817) 498-7075 · www.expressyourself.net http://philcbrown.com/?page_id=3339 Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
 
                           “COMMENT”
                            (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
                          From a Million $ Worth of Memories Records
           A Touching Musical Message from International Recording Artist Charles Wright and His Eclectic Choral Ensemble —

 

Charles Wright Interviews 2017 — PST:
Fishbowl Radio — Dallas — Wed. Jan.  4 at 4:30 pm
Alan’s Golden Oldies Radio — Tue. Jan 10 — 11 am
FBRN Dallas — Wed. Jan. 11 — 4:30 pm PCT
CBS Radio — Wednesday, Jan. 11 — 6:00 am
KZCT FM Radio — Rescheduled one week
Voice 903 FM Radio, NY — Fri. , Jan. 13 at 4 PM
WHPC Radio –Saturday, Jan. 14 — 4 pm
WFSK FM,  Sharon Kay — Radio — Thur. , Jan. 19 — 11:30 am
KZCT FM Radio — Vallejo — Thursday, Jan. 19 — 10:30 am
 WFSK FM — Radio on Thursday, Jan. 26 — 11:30 am.
Alan’s Golden Oldies — Friday, Jan., 27 at 11:55 am
 KXCI Radio — Saturday, Jan.  28– 8 pm
KNON FM Radio — Friday, Jan. 27 — 8 am
WATR Radio — Prospect, Conn. — Sunday, Jan. 28 — 4 pm
WTWG Radio — Columbus, MS — Tuesday, Jan. 31 — 7:15 am
Harmony Street Music — Mon.,  Feb. 6 at 11 am
LMB Radio Network- – Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10 am
LOTL Radio The Zone, R. Ford — Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 am
WHFB Radio/Daily Herald Jim Ryan — Tue. Feb. 21 — 2 pm
KXCI Radio — Sat., Feb. 25 at 9:30 pm
KTSU Radio — Houston–Monday, Feb. 27 at 11 am.
Philadelphia Tribune — Bobbi Booker — Tue. Feb. 28 — noon
Memory Lane Radio Show on Monday, Mar. 6 at 8:30 pm
KTSU Radio — Houston–Tuesday. Mar. 7 at 12 noon
WOAP Radio — Thursday, Mar. 9 at 8:45 am
KXCI Radio — Sat., Mar. 11 at 9:30 pm
WOAP Radio — Monday, Mar. 13 at 6:30 am
XM Satellite Radio — Tue., Mar. 21 at 10 am — Alex Ward
Harmony Street — Tue., Mar. 21 at 12 noon–
KABF Radio — Fri., Mar. 24 at 9:30 am —
KABF Radio — Fri., Mar. 31 at 9:30 am —
KABF Radio — Tuesday, April 4 at 9:30 am
KABF Radio — Friday, April 7 at 9:30 am
KABF Radio — Tue., April 11 at 9:30 am
LMB Radio Network  — Thur., April 13 at 10 am
WMBS Radio — Tue,  April 18 at 12:20 PM
KABF Radio — Tue., April 18 at 9:30 am
WMBS Radio — Wed.,  April 26 at 12:20 PM through July, 2017.
2016: KXCI Radio — T. Richard Smith — Oct. 29 — 8pm
 KKFI FM Radio — Barry Jackson in Kansas City — 9:15 am
 KKFI Radio Beaut. Blues 90.1 , Nov. 7, 2016 at 9:15am
Alan’s Golden Oldies Radio — Ft. Worth — Nov. 8 –2pm
KXCI Radio –Saturday, Nov. 5 — 8pm
WMBS Radio– Saturday, Nov. 12 — 11:10 am
KXCI Radio — Saturday, Nov. 12 — 8pm
New dates are being posted above for 2017.
 
The song “Comment” is a heartfelt musical expression of one man’s perspective on distressing world political events, a viewpoint shared by many music-lovers. Charles Wright (“Express Yourself,” “Loveland“) exposes his deepest feelings regarding the uncertain state of world affairs the best way he knows how: through a song, a song that touches the heart of those who hear this inspirational tune for the first time. To Charles, a platinum selling recording artist, the world at times seems to be one big war-zone, layered with disease, crime, and pervasive inequality. But why should it be this way? the singer indulges with biblical conviction! In “Comment, the choral ensemble laments “If all men are truly brothers, why can’t we love one another” as Charles weaves melodically in and out, pleading a musical case for peace and harmony. Once you hear “Comment, you, too, can see why Charles was so moved to compose and record this dynamic musical message.
Phil Brown
(817) 681-6068
(817) 498-7075, Fax.
PBPR

ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICITY   

Media Contact: Phil Brown · 6344 Meadow Lakes Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180 · (817) 681-6068; Fax: (817) 498-7075 ·http://www.philcbrown.com/ www.expressyourself.net
 
                    “UP: FROM WHERE WE’VE COME”
                     CHARLES       Book Up: From Where We've Come       WRIGHT
     The sensational new book from the composer of the multi-platinum songs “Express Yourself” and “Loveland” — UP: FROM WHERE WE’VE COME, is an extended diary that chronicles the life of singer/composer/musician Charles Wright from the heaps of Mississippi’s cotton fields to the center of the entertainment world! This personal history is not just another music book; it is a winsome, true-life portraiture of a man destined to succeed despite near impossible odds. From the residue of pre-civil rights shackles to the assent of the first African-American president, this document is well scripted with intimate but non-salacious details. This debut publication is one for the ages, and when you peer into its tempestuous pages you will find yourself in the shadows of legendary Charles Wright, one of America’s finest new authors.

BIOGRAPHY: Charles Wright
     Possessing one of the most distinctive voices in music, renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Wright is still making good music, and in his new book UP: FROM WHERE WE’VE COME, he’s writing to tell about his tumultuous life and exciting career, chronicling his rise from obscurity to stardom. From a precocious youngster growing up in rural Clarksdale, Mississippi to an avant-garde recording artist, Charles Wright’s contributions to funk, R&B, and pop music are incalculable. The sheer intensity of his soul and peerless vocal timbre are expressed through his albums and in his DVD’s. A restless audience is inspired just listening to the explosive baseline on “Express Yourself,” his 1971 marquee hit. And for the incurable romantics, his 1968 classic “Loveland” is the anthem that keeps lovers floating on a natural high.
Charles’ career began when he left his A&R post at Delphi Records and started the band Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds. The group then exploded onto the LA nightclub scene with a unique sound that grabbed the attention of industry movers-and-shakers.
Charles’ innovative virtuosity on guitar was constantly showcased in LA recording studios. He quickly became one of LA’s most sought after session musicians, backing up the likes of Bill Cosby. This association led to the band’s 1967 deal with Warner Bros. Records as The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The band became the label’s first successful R&B group.
It would take a city library to list all of Charles’ compositions, but the following are a few more notable hits from the band’s earlier days: “Do Your Thing,” “Spreading Honey,” “Your Love” “ (means everything to me), and “Till You Get Enough.”
Jessie Belvin, a songwriter and superb singer who set the tone for many aspiring LA artists, greatly influenced Charles’ illustrious career. Belvin mentored the fledgling artist and supplied him with tools for success, and Charles listened like an honor student.
Charles’ music has touched a chord with nearly everyone: Companies such as Chrysler, Nike, Hanes, and Burger King use “Express Yourself” to advertise their products. And TV, radio, film, and sports franchises borrow “Express Yourself” to promote their many events. Television shows like I Hate Chris and American Idol Rewind have anxiously showcased the tune to millions.
Charles’ most recent CD’s on A Million $ Worth of Memories Record label, Let’s Make Love Tonight, Be Careful What You Wish For, and Something To make You Feel Good, are musical smorgasbords of new and classic numbers and a few surprises. These are just two of a number of recent releases. Charles Wright’s mark on music history and the rich legacy that he established is one that is time-tested and is one that will flourish indefinitely.
By Phil Brown

 www.expressyourself.net    

 

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