MusicRowPics: ‘Laugh A Little’ With Michelle Wright

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L-R: MR’s Kelsey Grady, Grassroots Promotion’s Nancy Tunick, MR’s Troy Stephenson, MR’s Eric Parker, Wright, Grassroots’ Shawna Chatfield, MR’s Sherod Robertson, MR’s Sarah Skates

Country music star Michelle Wright visited the MusicRow office to play some new music and a classic hit for the staff.

Wright was signed to Arista Nashville in 1990 and had a Top 10 hit with “Take It Like A Man.” She also had a Top 20 Billboard Hot AC hit with “Your Love.”

Since then, she has continued to dominate the Canadian country music scene. Just last month, she was awarded Female Artist of the Year by the The Country Music Association of Ontario.

Even though she has been living in Middle Tennessee since signing her record deal, she hasn’t been pursuing touring or radio airplay in the United States, until now.

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She has released a new album and single to country radio, and is working with Grassroots Promotion.

Wright performed the single, “Laugh A Little,” which was written by Jason Sellers, Lynn Hutton, and Terri Jo Box.

Wright co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on her new album. During the visit, she also played the title track, “Strong,” which was inspired by her business manager of 28 years, Sue Ferriman, who passed away from ALS in August 2014.

The MusicRow staff also enjoyed an acoustic performance of her hit, “Take It Like A Man.” Wright recalls recording the song and coming out of the booth to the drummer saying, “If that song isn’t a hit, I will go sell shoes for a living.” Rest assured, that drummer did not end up selling shoes.

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Troy Stephenson is The CountryBreakout Chart Director at MusicRow. He comes to Nashville with 10+ years in Radio Promotions.

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