Adam Wright is not easily understood. His unassuming, quiet nature is offset with a sharp confidence that resists logic but defines the person and performer he is. Songwriter, musician, producer, artist, husband, father, teller of tales; he is at the core of what makes (country) music captivating.
A native of Newnan, GA, Wright certainly got a dose of small town living in his early years. “It was a very small town when I was growing up. After the Atlanta Olympics, it, like most everything else an hour from Atlanta, became an Atlanta suburb. The downtown is still quaint and charming, but out by the interstate, it could be anywhere-strip mall USA.” This juxtaposition is carried over into Wright’s art, that at its heart is equal parts charming and conventional.
It seems as though a life in music was intended for Wright. He gave college the ‘old college try’ long enough to realize that it wasn’t for him. Instead of hitting the library, he found he’d rather spend nights playing in a blues band at a bar called “The Redneck Gourmet,” where he served double duty as cook. During his would-be college years, he tossed around as a member of a plethora of bands in the Atlanta area. It was around this time that he received a request to help out a young artist whose usual guitarist had called out one night. The gig produced more than a share of the tip jar, that evening was the genesis of a relationship turned matrimonial. That fateful night was the beginning of not just a bond of the romantic variety; it also spawned the musical connection that manifested itself in The Wrights, the vibey, yet rootsy, duo of the husband and wife team. After a move to Nashville, they recorded an album on RCA Records with the help of Adam’s uncle, country music legend, Alan Jackson. The next few years were spend promoting the self-titled release and touring the country, mostly supporting major label artists, including Jackson himself.
While one might be quick to label everything Wright does as ‘Country’ or ‘Americana’ music, a closer listen reveals the layers of his influences. Self-proclaimed “obsessed” with the 50’s and early 60’s, one can certainly hear the inspiration of Chuck Berry and the surfer guitar tones of that era. It’s not just the music of that era that attracts Wright; it’s the cars, the clothing, and design that caught his attention at an early age. His fascination with this “golden age of style” provides many of the brushstrokes of his portrait, one, which resembles a hipster residing in Mayberry. A light bulb epiphany is likely upon learning that Wright hails from the same hometown as humorist, Lewis Grizzard and that Tennessee Williams is among Wright’s favorite authors. The Southern heritage of Wright’s work is inescapable, though never overwhelming. His songs are the type that hold a complex simplicity, which many widely regard as the hardest ones to write.
The past few years have been eventful for Wright. The docket has included a Grammy nomination for Country Song of the Year (Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”), a new publishing home at Carnival Music, and slipping into the producer’s chair to co-produce, Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album and the upcoming project on newcomer, Aubrie Sellers. The immediate future looks just as hectic, but auspicious for this musical Renaissance man. The coming months look to hold more production projects, including one for wife, Shannon, continuing writing relationships with artists, such as Dani Flowers, Hailey Whitters, among others, and wrapping up work on a solo project and beginning a tour of his own.
Talent, persistence, ingenuity, and a big helping of humbleness make up the recipe that Wright has used to forge his own path in an arduous business. Borrowing from the advice of Richard Sherman, who penned, “It’s A Small World” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Wright strives to “keep it simple, sing-able, and sincere. He has also learned over the years, that if you want to succeed at music, or anything in life, “Do it a lot. A whole lot. More than you want to. And then some.” Wright finds a sense of accomplishment and appreciation for what he has accomplished thus far, but is also always looking ahead to what’s next.