New Album, New Single!

JDouglasWright-HITS DigitalThe digital copy of the new album HOLE IN THE SKY (HITS) is now available for pre-order on iTunes! The pre-order period will last until April 23, and during this time, the digital copy is specially priced at $3.99. The first single from HITS is “Mama’s Faith”, and it will be available immediately during the pre-sale period.

“Mama’s Faith” (© 2015, ASCAP, written by Wright, Swaff, and Joshua Harrison) is being released as a song to honor moms during Mother’s Day season.  The song is about my mother, and the following lyrics sum up much of what she has taught me by her example:

God is great, God is good

Live your life the way that He would

Give and share

Laugh and sing

You’ll see the joy life can bring

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And guess what? After much begging, Mom agreed to sing on “Mama’s Faith”! IMG_1520Many of you already know that Mom had a singing career around the time she finished college. One of the highlights of it was when a TV station based in Charlotte, North Carolina had open auditions for someone to headline a summer television show. People came from everywhere, stood in line, auditioned, and Mom was selected. The name of the group was Kitty Wright and the Southern Playboys, and they sang popular songs from the day.

It is such an honor to have this special recording that features my super-talented mom, Kitty Wright. I hope you enjoy it!

The official release date for HITS will be April 24, and the digital copy will be available everywhere starting that day for $8.99. The physical CD will also be available on April 24 for $10 (these sold out within three days of the pre-release party! Thank those of you who made this happen!)

To purchase HITS during the special pre-sale period, just click on the album cover below:

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All of the song are available for preview at the link. As always, thank you for your interest in the music!

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New Album Countdown!

The new album HOLE IN THE SKY (aka HITS) will be available for pre-sale on iTunes starting this Saturday, March 21 before its official release everywhere on April 24!

To celebrate, the digital copy will have a special price during the pre-sale period with an immediate download of the first single. You will be hearing more about the songs over the next few weeks, including details about the album and the inspiration behind the songs. More to come soon…

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New Album Pre-Release Party!

We had a great time at the pre-release party to celebrate the upcoming new album! It was great to see my friends and family there. The band was incredible, and the facility was so nice. We also sold all of the CDs! Thank you for this! I will be sharing the new songs with you over the next few weeks. Until then, there are a few pictures from the party below. Thank you for your interest in the music!

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Merry Christmas!

IMG_2252Merry Christmas from Mama’s Hippopotamus Music!

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Kentucky 2.0

10708525_335141493333218_395609025937007276_oI just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing support you gave me during this year’s trip to Kentucky! It meant the world to me to know that you were right there with me during the IMEA Awards. I am sincerely honored that IMEA included me again this year, especially since there are 12,452 artists on the ReverbNation global charts in the Christian/Gospel Music category!

I shared last year in this post that God’s hand was all over the Kentucky trip, and the friendship that I have had with my fellow prayer warrior David and his family this past year has been a blessing beyond measure. This year, I had with me in every pocket I could find the original cross, a new cross, a letter from David’s daughter, Ella, and a card and Bible verses from David and his wife, Elizabeth.

Below are some photos from the trip. On another note, there will be some exciting news about the new project in the next few days, so stay tuned! Thank you again for your interest in my music!

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More Awards News!

I posted over the weekend that I was nominated for an International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Award this year! As was true last year, this is a complete surprise! IMEA recognizes independent musicians, and I am so excited to be nominated as the Christian/Gospel Male Artist of the Year.

IMEA is also giving everyone the opportunity to vote for nominees before the ceremony. The voting portion counts 1/5 of the final tally. The deadline is August 27. If you want to vote, just click on the IMEA badge below and it will take you to the page. After you enter your email address, scroll down to #16 to my awards category. After clicking next to my name (if you decide to choose me :)), scroll to the bottom of the page and click “submit”. It should take less than a minute. If you prefer using the direct link, it is http://www.imeaawards.com/vote/music/ .

To thank you for voting, if you are interested, please send me a message (by email, text, Facebook, phone, etc.), and I will send you a free download of a song from the new album when it is finished. I will be posting updates soon, but the album is almost ready! Thank you for your interest in the music!

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2014 IMEA Awards Nomination!

I received word this week from Colt Chambers and the nice people at the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) that I have been nominated for Christian/Gospel Male Artist of the Year! The full list is here. This is a complete surprise, and one of those “handfuls on purpose” moments I have talked about many times. It is just amazing to be given such a wonderful honor, and I feel blessed beyond belief! I am so thankful to IMEA for thinking of me this year. Since this is one of those “leaping” moments, the song “Leaping on Mountains” is linked here to celebrate! More information will follow soon. Thank you for letting me share this exciting news with you!

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Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

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What My Tree Taught Me Today about Easter

Some of you may remember what I wrote in August about the dying tree in my yard. (If not, it is here.) As you can see from the current picture, the pruned tree is now sprouting new branches. I was beginning to wonder if this was going to happen since the tree looked completely dead for months.

The time it took to see these signs of life has been a great reminder to me about resurrection. We have all had experiences that seemed to take the life out of us. This happens when we lose someone through death or separation, when unwanted changes occur, when we are wronged by others for no reason, and in many other ways.

I know that a lot of this has been happening around me lately, and as this Easter weekend approached, God’s promise of hope was getting lost in the mix. Then I saw the tree, and I was reminded about resurrection: Life is on the other side of what appears to be death. The photo also shows the dark skies that are hovering above the tree, but blue, sunny skies are behind all of this and will soon be there again.

An even bigger lesson for me is understanding the time it can take between the experience of loss and death and the reemergence of life. I think one reason Christ died in such a violent way was so we would know that there will be periods that are unbearable, but we can get through these times. I imagine the day of the crucifixion felt like it would never end. We hear this through Christ’s words found in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”?

During those times when we ask ourselves how long we have to endure such dark days, I find there is peace in knowing that this is a necessary part of the process of coming to life again, of being reborn, of experiencing resurrection. Just ask my tree.

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Music News

I received great news today about the song “Chains” from the album Leap. The Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Network International selected five songs from CCM members to be featured and reviewed in Nashville tomorrow as part of a songwriters showcase, and “Chains” made the list! I am honored and thankful! (If you want to hear “Chains”, the link to ReverbNation is here. It is the first song on the list.)

I also wanted to let you know that the new music project is very close to being finished. (It has only been four years in the making, which is half the time it took between the last two!) The photos were made this weekend, and Swaff and I have one more studio session left before all my vocals are recorded. If all goes according to schedule, you may be receiving an invitation to the release party sometime this summer! I am looking forward to sharing the new songs with you.

Thank you for your interest in my music. I will send more updates soon…

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