Winning More than Album of the Year…

y_LpWlX4_400x400It was such an honor to win Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for HOLE IN THE SKY last weekend at the 2015 International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards Ceremony! It took me by surprise, and I am very thankful to everyone who made this possible, including Swaff, the best producer on the planet; Colt Chambers and IMEA members and voters for providing this opportunity for me; and to all of you who voted, encouraged me, and have been cheering me on every day since the album was released in March (and long before that).

Those of you who know me know that I am always looking for the bigger picture in everything that happens. My favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, that say, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” So when I find myself on a path, I am listening for the lesson. This weekend, I was thinking about all of the awards or rewards that I am blessed to experience every day. It would take the rest of my life to list all of them, but here are a few:

  • I am able to live during a time and in a place where we can do fun things like make music and go to awards shows. IMG_2647
  • I have family and friends who get in their cars every time there is a concert and drive whatever the distance to see it, who send me messages of encouragement (sometimes daily), and who take the time to pray for me! One of these is my sweet sister, Constance (pictured right).IMG_2639
  • God allowed me to meet Swaff, who has taken our songs and turned them into what I consider to be masterpieces!
  • God has also brought new friends into my life. One example is David Wagner and his wife, Elizabeth (pictured below right), daughter, and parents. I have shared the story many times on this site about the way God allowed our paths to cross so that we would become brothers and prayer warriors for each other.IMG_2653
  • Award2015I have been given the ability to do the music, and this involves so many direct blessings from God like being able to think, listen, write, and sing.
  • I was given parents who encouraged my talents, including my mom who will even record a song with me!
  • I have a Creator who makes everything possible, and this is why He is the focus of my music. IMG_2306
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Two IMEA Award Nominations!

JDouglasWright-HITS DigitalI received a notification today that the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) has nominated HOLE IN THE SKY as Christian/Gospel Album of the Year and “Make Us New” as Christian/Gospel Song of the Year for the 3rd Annual IMEA Awards! This is such an honor. IMEA has been so very supportive, and I am grateful to them! I will send more information later, but I wanted to share this news with you. The press release is here, and in case you want to hear the album version of the song, it is here. Thank you for your interest in the music!

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“Mama’s Faith” Moved from #18 to #3 This Week!

IMG_2544According to the new Christian Music Weekly, “Mama’s Faith” moved from #18 to #3 on the Country Christian Chart (please scroll to 7-22-15)! The link is here. Thank you again to the station managers who are playing the music and to you for liking the song. This is another picture of my mom during her earlier singing days. It took a pro like this to get a song on the charts!


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“Mama’s Faith” Update

IMG_2333I just wanted to thank all of you for being interested in the music and status of “Mama’s Faith”, the first single from HOLE IN THE SKY. The song is still in the Top 20 on the Country Christian Chart according to Christian Music Weekly after 12 weeks on the chart! The link is here in case you want to see it. I have said this before, but it is all the more meaningful since Mom is on the song with me. (This is a picture of part of the choir where my mom and dad met at Western Carolina University. Mom is in the center of the front row, and Dad is in the center of the back row. I thought this was a fitting photo, since faith and music brought my parents together.) In other music news, there will be another radio single soon, and there will hopefully be another concert in very near future. An update will follow in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your interest!

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“Mama’s Faith” Moved to #3 This Week!

DSC_0069“Mama’s Faith” moved to #3 this week! The link to the chart on Christian Music Weekly is here (scroll to June 17). What an honor! Many thanks to the stations for playing the song and to you for letting me share this great news! It also makes me very happy that Mom is on the song and is experiencing this with me!


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“Mama’s Faith” is #16 This Week!

“Mama’s Faith” is #16 this week on the Christian Country Chart according to Christian Music Weekly! The link is here. I continue to thank the station managers who are playing the song and YOU for supporting the music!JDouglasWright-HITS DigitalDSC_0069



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HOLE IN THE SKY Top 20 on iTunes!

HOLE IN THE SKY was #18 its first week on the New Christian and Gospel Songs and New Releases Chart according to iTunes Store USA!  This is a big THANK YOU to all of you who are buying the album!

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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


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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