Marva Wright Passes at 62

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Since finding out yesterday morning about the death of the blues singer Marva Wright, the interwebs have been overflowing with condolences from her many friends, supporters and fellow musicians.  What is apparent is how much her talent was appreciated and how much she was loved by the New Orleans music community.  Reading between the lines I noticed an interesting subtext.  Marva Wright came to the secular music world late in life.  She spent years working as a secretary at McMain High School and only sang in her church and at home.  But when she began singing in clubs in the early 1990s, she quickly rocketed to fame, traveled the world and earned the sobriquet, The Blues Queen of New Orleans.  What I find so interesting is that Wright inspired others to try to make it and she encouraged them all the way.  As if to say, if I can do it, so can you.  Wright had a singular talent and a gift, but she remained humble and giving to her dying day.

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PHOTOS BY DYLAN STANSBURY

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