Soul music icon Betty Wright â€“ singer, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach and spiritual godmother to countless young artists â€“ has announced the release of Betty Wright:The Movie (S-Curve Records/Ms. B Records) on November 15. This is her first solo album since 2001’s Fit For a King, but don’t call this a comeback: Ms. B has never gone away.
Betty Wright: The Movie serves up 14 earthy, funk-drenched soul anthems, all of which were co-written by Wright and co-produced by Wright, Ahmir â€œQuestloveâ€ Thompson of The Roots, and Angelo Morris.
Wright, affectionately known to friends and family as Ms. B, reflects on the album’s title: â€œI am more griot than singer. You can usually see what I say.â€ She continues â€œI decided that each song would be a vision that you could take to the screenâ€¦14 songs equal 14 movies.â€
Betty Wright has been releasing music on her own Ms. B label for 25 years. This album is Ms. B Records’ first in collaboration with S-Curve Records, which is helmed by producer/executive Steve Greenberg. Wright wryly observes â€œI try not to release any music until I have something to say. Since I have something to say, I turned to my trusted friend Steve Greenberg. We’ve been successful in joint ventures many, many times.â€ Greenberg responds â€œI believe Ms. B Records combined with S-Curve Records is a marriage made in heaven â€“ or at least in soul heaven, definitely!â€
Betty Wright began singing at about the time she began walking: she started performing with Miami-based gospel The Echoes at age three and remained with them for the next seven years. She released her first single at age 13 and had her first bona-fide smash at 19: â€œClean Up Woman,â€ which has become Wright’s signature song, vaulted to the top of the charts, earning her a gold record and the first of her fifteen eventual Grammy nominations.
From â€œClean Up Womanâ€ though the Grammy-winning â€œWhere Is the Love,â€ Wright scored eleven top-30 R&B hits and made music business history by becoming the first female artist to earn a gold record on her own label with 1988’s Mother Wit.
In recent years, she has become a highly sought-after producer, writer, arranger, and vocal coach, and of course, she continues to be among the most in-demand vocalists around.
Simply put, Betty Wright: The Movie reasserts her as one of the greatest soul singers of all time.
Betty Wright: The Movie
1. Old Songs
2. Real Woman featuring Snoop Dogg
3. In The Middle of the Game (Don’t Change The Play)
5. Grapes on a Vine featuring Lil Wayne
6. Look Around (Be a Man)
7. Tonight Again
8. Hollywould featuring Robert “The Messenger” Bozeman
9. Whisper in The Wind featuring Joss Stone
10. Baby Come Back featuring Lenny Williams
11. So Long, So Wrong
12. You and Me, Leroy
13. The One [bonus track]
14. Go! (Live) [bonus track]