Terry Wright (21st Century)
Daddy B. Nice's #48 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"Two Women In Love With Your Husband"
Terry Wright (21st Century)
November 16, 2014:
Listen to Terry Wright singing "I Done Lost My Good Thang" on YouTube.
Note: Terry Wright also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after Terry Wright's name in the headline is to distinguish his artist-guide entries on this page from his artist-guide page on Daddy B. Nice's original chart.
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Listen to Terry Wright singing Two Women In Love With Your Husband on YouTube while you read.
"Oh, this morning,
With tears in my eyes,
Coming in at the front door--
She was just coming
In at six am.
I could tell
By the way she
Looked at me and
Dropped her head.
I knew she had
Been with him.
When I mentioned his name
She stood back
With a sly grin.
'Terry, I don't ever ask you
Where you're going.
And you don't really want
To know where I been.'"
You can't get any more chitlin' circuit and Southern Soul than those lyrics from Two Women In Love With Your Husband, and yet your Daddy B. Nice defies anyone to listen to the song and not experience it as you would real life, with all of the associated comforts and aches.
This is the secret, the remarkable selling point, of Southern Soul music. The music tackles the domestic pleasures and conflicts of men and women and makes them fresh again.
When Sir Charles Jones collaborated with Terry Wright early in Wright's career, he knew what he was doing. Wright has a knack for melody and arrangement. With the right tune and a little luck, he could score a big-time hit. Wright has a rare, pop feel to his music.
He also has a has a voice that one never forgets: a burnished tenor, athletic but relaxed, pleading but self-contained, with a rich, luxurious tone, a tenor markedly different from anyone in Southern Soul. The tone is lyrical and romantic but biting and contemporary, a kind of southern version of Curtis Mayfield.
One of Wright's most under-appreciated skills is his background singing, or more specifically, his harmonizing on doubled-up vocals.
Wright also programs backgrounds, but unlike many others he doesn't sabotage himself by trying to approximate real instruments too closely.
Terry's got his own synthesized vocabulary--perhaps it's partner Ron Mac's contribution. In any case Terry Wright tracks feature (along with the usual horns and strings) wonderful fills of indeterminate synthesized sound woven skillfully into the texture of the melodies.
In some of the best tunes, like Two Women, they form the dominant musical motifs.
Much of this sound goes back to the golden years of Sir Charles Jones' first two albums and accompanying sampler (in which Terry Wright was included).
Sir Charles is heard as a background singer in many of Wright's first singles. And one wonders--listening to Wright's best songs--why other artists (and to an extent even Sir Charles himself) have failed to capitalize on it. (With one notable exception--Bigg Robb has.) It's the crisp synthesizer sound of the Love Doctor's "Slow Roll It," which Sir Charles wrote, arranged and sang background on.
The sound lives on in both of Terry Wright's albums: Anytime Man and How Sweet Is Your Candy.
Your Daddy B. Nice is sure the late Senator Jones, who gave Wright the record deal that resulted in Anytime Man, would have been pleased by How Sweet Is Your Candy, coming five years later. The long wait between CD's paid off in two top-notch, filler-free albums, the latter stretching out musically from the former's essence as a crooner's set.
No, I must immediately take that back. The hypnotic mid-tempo dance jam "Ooh Wee," with Ms. Nikki on the sexy voice-overs (she's the one who utters the "ooo-wee baby" from which all other "ooo-wee"s in the song descend) not to mention Sir Charles Jones on vocals, is from the Anytime album. It's one of the best dance jams Sir Charles has ever participated in.
Terry Wright's How Sweet Is Your Candy rated a "Four Stars **** Distinguished effort-Should please old fans and gain new" rating in Daddy B. Nice's CD Review in January of 2010.
"Two Women In Love With Your Husband," Daddy B. Nice's #4 Single for December 2009, is an example. Wright and his longtime collaborator, Ron Mac (Ron MacClaurin), infuse this story of a panicked husband and a wayward wife with a sumptious arrangement, elevating the seedy proceedings of a messy threesome to the level of genuine sadness and despair.
Listen to Terry Wright singing "Two Women In Love With Your Husband" on YouTube while you read.
The song, like many the duo produces, begins with a beautiful introduction that summarizes the delicious treats to come: great melody, excellent vocal, full-blown musical background, and the one-of-a-kind lead-guitar fillips of Wright-cohort Fuzzie Jeffries.
"How Sweet Is Your Candy," the title cut, is set in similarly-sumptious musical surroundings. Although the melody is slightly more common, the arrangement contains the additional zest of Ms. Nikki's "come-on-and-get-it" voice-over.
The mid-tempo "House Party" is a certified keeper, with a fine Wright vocal and sterling background by Wright's back-up singers (Terry Wright, Terry Wright and Terry Wright).
The "keep-on-truckin'" tempo of "Goody Good Loving" (eerily reminiscent of Jody Sticker's "Booty Do Right") is equally accessible.
Terry Wright, Ron MacClaurin and Anna Coday (who was instrumental in bringing Wright back into the studio) understand Southern Soul music, and there's nary a phrase--much less a song on the album--that strikes a false note.
The only yawner, in your Daddy B. Nice's opinion, is the funk jam, "One Way In, One Way Out," which could come from any album, any singer.
Even the alleged "filler" songs on How Sweet Is Your Candy have a distinctiveness and seductiveness that will keep fans listening to the CD: among them "(Can You) Meet Me Tonight" (no relation to the Lee Fields' classic) and "Dance The Night Away" (no relation to the recent Willie Clayton single).
A remix of "How Sweet Is Your Candy," in which Ms. Nikki vamps through all the verses of the title cut with sweet voice-over "come-ons," closes out this highly-recommended CD.
To read more about Terry Wright, go to Daddy B. Nice's original Terry Wright Artist Guide (90's-00's).
To automatically link to Terry Wright's commendations, chart appearances and other references on the website, go to Wright, Terry in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.
How Sweet Is Your Candy at CD Baby
How Sweet Is Your Candy at I-Tunes
Anytime Man at CD Baby
Anytime Man at Amazon.
--Daddy B. Nice
About Terry Wright (21st Century)
Memphis, Tennessee area recording artist Terry Wright debuted in 2004 with the CD Anytime Man on Senator Jones' indie label, Hep'Me Records.
Song's Transcendent Moment
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If you liked Tyrone Davis' "Carry The Weight," you'll love Terry Wright's "Two Women In Love With Your Husband."
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