b. Bernard Charles Wright, 1st January 1963, Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
At eight years old, Bernard Wright joined a local jazz ensemble The Junior Firebolts as their youngest member (the eldest was 12 years old), and by the age of 13 he was touring with Lenny White.
He played with Tom Browne in 1979.
He got such strong response that he was signed to GRP in 1981.
Combining funk, jazz and vocals, Bernard made his debut in 1981 with an album 'Nard' which created an immediate impression on the UK jazz funk scene with tracks 'Habogiabotribin" and 'Firebolt Hustle'.
The album was produced by Grusin / Rosen, but as with his other albums to date, it was not released in the UK.
By now he had also made his recording debut as keyboard player on 'The Vampire And The Dentist' by Weldon lryine.
'Nard' was followed by 'Funky Beat' for Arista and 'Mr. Wright' for Manhattan / EMI.
On the former, Bernard collaborated again with Lenny White (with whom Bernard wrote 'Blow' for Bobby M in 1982).
On the latter he collaborated with Marcus Miller.
Wright also co-wrote and sang with La La on 'We'll Keep Strivin.'
'Nard (GRP Records 1981)
Funky Beat (Arista Records 1983)
Mr. Wright (Manhattan Records 1985)
Fresh Hymns (Benson Records 1990)