Betty Wright


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Vocalist, Songwriter

Betty Wright was three years old when she was placed on a pile of phone books in a studio in order to reach the microphone when her family recorded gospel music. She began writing songs very young, many of which were performed by her siblings. In the 1960s, Betty made the move to R&B music and while it was difficult for some of her church family to understand, she never left the hymns. In fact, all throughout her recording career, she continued to write and perform church music. Betty recorded several hit records and sang backup on recordings with Stevie Wonder, Harry Casey, and Michael Jackson.