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Rev. Timothy Wright
The Godfather of Gospel

Recently, "greatest hits" projects have been popping up like kernels of popcorn. While not everyone may be qualified for such a coveted honor, that's not the case for the late Reverend Timothy Wright.

After fighting back courageously from critical injuries he sustained in a car accident in July 2008, Rev. Wright passed away at the age of 61, on April 23, 2009 at the Bronx Veterans Hospital.

CD  Affectionately known as the "Godfather of Gospel," Wright's musical prowess and longevity has surpassed the achievements of many gospel and mainstream artists alike. Malaco/Savoy has issued a 2-disk project, suitably entitled, The Godfather of Gospel. With a career spanning three decades, and countless hits, Wright has quite of a repertoire to consider.

The 18-tracks include some of his time-honored classics and our favorite gospel choir selections, such as "Who's On The Lord's Side," with the Timothy Wright Concert Choir which reached #3 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart, the matter-of-fact "Trouble Don't Last Always," and the energy-charged "I'm Glad About It."

Also included is the classic "We're Gonna Make It" featuring Myrna Summers. This timeless song of determination peaked at #3 on the charts in 1990 and garnered a Stellar Award —and has never before been released on CD.

The praises continue to abound with familiar favorites such as the stalwart "Been There Done That," the mid-tempo "Certainly Lord," and the electrifying "For the Rest of My Life." Also contained are two exclusive mixes: "I Feel the Lord in this Place" and "Let's Celebrate." Both are embossed with the Wright signature fervor and anointing, and would compliment any Sunday morning selection or praise dance ensemble.

With over 20 recordings to his credit, multiple awards and countless other achievements, Rev. Timothy Wright is one of the most successful gospel artists of his time. This survey of the well-crafted work of Godfather of Gospel is a wonderful tribute to one of Gospel's finest.

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Production: Timothy Wright
album release date: April, 2009
Savoy/Malaco Records

— review and interview by John Burton Jr.

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