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Bernard “Nard” Wright, R&B Jazz artist and keyboardist died on May 19, 2022.
Born in Jamaica, New York, Wright dominated the R&B and radio industry with his hit song “Who Do You Love” when he was just 19 years old. Roberta Flacka brilliant woman and world-class singer also played a motherly role in the life of Bernard Wright.
After touring with Lenny White at 13 and playing with Tom Browne in 1979, he received great responses, which led to him signing with GRP in 1981. After signing with GRP Records, he then released his top 10 “Who Do You Love”. (1983), followed by the release of his albums, fresh hymns, and Fresh Hymns II.
Bandleader Billy “Spaceman” Patterson posted on social media saying:
On behalf of the family of Bernard Wright (Nard),
We are sad to announce that yesterday
Bernard was called to the house of the Most High.
Many thanks for everyone’s support, encouragement and prayers for Nard over the years.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Our hearts are heavy and our faith is strong.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
LOVE! Rest in power, Nard.
Wright’s vice includes working with artists such as Cameo, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller and Pieces of a Dream. Amazingly, his work even superseded his era, ringing strong as an influential musician for many generations.
Nard Wright’s 80s and 90s releases have become one of the most sampled pieces in hip-hop. Songs and artists that have sampled his work include Shinehead’s “Never Been in Love B4”, Tichina Arnold’s “If It Ain’t Love”, Shades’ “Tell Me (I’ll Be Around)”, Who Is a Thug” by Big Pun, “Is It Kool? by Luniz. He was also featured in the remix of “Loungin” by LL cool J.
Bernard Wright is an icon who can never be forgotten as he had a huge impact on music as we know it today. May his jams live forever for many generations to come.
Bernard Wright, jazz singer and keyboardist, dies at 58
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