Black History Inspiration Spotlight: Rev. Timothy Wright

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Timothy Wright

 

Timothy Wright was born June 17, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, where his family attended St. John’s Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God.  It was there that he began playing piano at the age of 12 and also began to compose music for the church’s choir.  By 1969, he had moved on to Bishop F. D. Washington’s Washington Temple Church of God In Christ, where he presided over the music department-a high-profile position within the COGIC denomination.  Soon Mattie Moss Clark, Rev. Isaac Douglas, and Benny Cummings were seeking him out for songs.  He wrote all but one track on Rev. Douglas’ landmark debut LP Lets Go Higher, in 1971.  In 1976, Wright formed the Timothy Wright Concert Choir.  They soon released the well-received albums Who’s On The Lord’s Side and Do You Know the Light.  He teamed with Myrna Summers on her smash project We’re Gonna Make It.  Wright was the pastor and founder of the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center COGIC in Brooklyn, NY.

Wright was critically injured July 4 in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Loganton, Pa. Another car was going the wrong way when it struck Wright’s car.

His wife, Betty Wright, 58, was killed in the crash, and their 14-year-old grandson, D.J. Wright, died later at a hospital.

The driver of the wrong-way car, John Pick, also was killed, while a passenger in a third car was injured.

The Wrights were returning from a Church of God in Christ conference in Detroit.  Timothy Wright died 9 months later, April 2009

 

You can purchase his personal autobiography “Who’s Really On The Lord’s Side” by clicking here:  www.wellstarpublications.com

 

All information was found in “Uncloudy Days, The Gospel Music Encyclopdia by Bil Carpenter on Backbeat Books.  To purchase log on to www.uncloudydays.com.

 

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