Michelle Wright Answers the Call of the Hall!

Cover July 1, 2011

By Don Graham

Canada's country songbird and ambassador of all things good about Canadian entertainers, is poised to receive one of Canadian country music's highest honour. Michelle Wright will be inducted at the Gala Industry Event on Sun Sept 11 at the Hamilton Convention Centre into the CCMA Hall of Fame. On this historical occasion at the Canadian Country Music Association's annual event,  Michelle Wright will take her rightful place in Canadian music history.

In 1985, while performing in a Hamilton bar, Michelle was discovered by producer Brian Ferriman. Ferriman was so impressed with her deep alto voice that the pair signed a recording and management deal that has lasted 25 years, and now it is fitting that Hamilton is the place where she will be bestowed with this prestigious honour in the country music scene.

Speaking with Michelle from her home outside of Nashville, I could sense how centered and content she is with her life right now and how happy she is with the direction she has taken. Her reaction to the induction was simple and direct, "I don't think the reality of it will hit  me until the induction but it is truly an honour to be included in the list of such people and musical icons of Canadian talent."

She has far from disappeared, to the contrary, and she is still performing live, having recently completed an acoustic tour and is now planning her Christmas tour of 2011, and deciding how to best position her next tour, either as acoustic or with a full band. None of the power in her voice, that she is so well known for, has dissipated and she looks as good now as she did when she started out. The passion and love of performing and singing seems to still burn deep inside Michelle.  From my vantage point, Michelle Wright is one hit song away from being back on top of the charts and I have a feeling that if she wants it to happen, it will!

A proud Canadian, born on July 1st, Canada Day, Michelle says "I never felt pressure being a Canadian artist in the United States but rather felt an immense sense of national pride." And now The Canadian Country Music Association will return the feeling by showing her how proud they are of her by inducting her into the CCMA Hall of Fame.

So keep your eyes fixed firmly on Michelle Wright, truly a Canadian treasure as she embarks on this exciting leg of her professional journey get ready to watch as she takes her place in the hallowed hall of revered country artists and personalities.
CCMA ...you made the Wright choice !!!

OTHER AWARDS:
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM)
Top New Female Vocalist, 1992

BIG COUNTRY AWARDS(RPM Magazine)
Top Female Vocalist, 2000
Top Female Vocalist, 1995
Top Female Vocalist, 1994
Artist of the Year, 1993
Top Country Single, He Would Be Sixteen, 1993
Top Country Album, NOW & THEN, 1993
Top Female Vocalist, 1993
Top Female Vocalist, 1992
Artist of the Year 1991
Top Female Vocalist, 1991
Top Female Vocalist, 1989

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (CCMA)
Female Vocalist of the Year, 2000
Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration, Your Love, 1998
Entertainer of the Year, 1995
Entertainer of the Year, 1993
Female Vocalist of the Year, 1993
Single of the Year, He Would Be Sixteen, 1993
Video of the Year, He Would Be Sixteen, 1993
Country Music Person of the Year, 1992
Female Vocalist of the Year, 1992
Single of the Year, Take It Like A Man, 1992
Video of the Year, Take It Like A Man, 1992
Female Vocalist of the Year, 1991
Album of the Year, MICHELLE WRIGHT, 1991
Single of the Year, New Kind Of Love, 1991
Female Vocalist of the Year, 1990

JUNO AWARDS
Country Female Vocalist of the Year, 1995
Country Female Vocalist of the Year, 1993

MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
Country Video of the Year, Take It Like A Man, 1992

SOCAN AWARDS
I Surrender, 2001

SALES AWARDS
GREATEST HITS COLLECTION
Gold, 2001
FOR ME IT'S YOU
Gold, 1996
THE REASONS WHY
Double Platinum, 1998
Platinum, 1995
Gold, 1994
NOW & THEN
Double Platinum, 1995
Platinum, 1993
Gold, 1992
MICHELLE WRIGHT
Gold, 1993

www.michelle-wright.com

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