The journey has spanned endless light years in hyperspace navigating strange worlds and alternate dimensions. It has led to a singularity, a new reality and a place in the fabric of space time where all is music, NEAR GALAXY.
The NEAR GALAXY EP is Wright’s third release, and his latest in almost 10 years. This EP encapsulates many of his life experiences and interpretations of the world over that time. It will rock you with tracks like the searing up-tempo GET BACK, serving up shredding guitar licks, pounding drums and chewy chunks of good ol’ beefy rawk! However as Wright’s previous albums dictate, he does not like to wallow in a two dimensional space. There are plenty of dimensions and dynamics on this 6 song EP starting with the soaring and fleeting intro track DREAM ON.
Strap on your headphones, crank it up and let all the distractions and pressures of the modern world fall away. Wright’s NEAR GALAXY is the musical space created for those looking to get away from all the distractions, traffic and media noise of now.
A Toronto based, Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist and a recording artist, Wright has released 3 musical works; Courage, Conflicted and Near Galaxy. He has performed with many Canadian major label and independent artists such as The New Meanies, Amanda Stott, Sherry St. Germain, The Wilkinsons, Michelle Wright, JP Hoe and Keith and Renee. Wright is a 1998 Juno Award recipient and in 2006 supported many Canadian Country stars on a Canadian Forces show tour of Afghanistan. In 2009 he signed on for over 700 performances with the Broadway musical theatre hit “The Jersey Boys”, and in 2013-14 he performed with Southern Ground recording artists Dugas supporting Grammy winner Zac Brown.
One day, while living in as a bachelor on Spence St. in Winnipeg M.B. Canada, he saw an advert for Saturday afternoon blues jams at an old church that had been retrofitted into a venue called The West End Cultural Centre. Wright would meet working musicians for the first time here. It wasn’t long until Wright began gigging the blues venues. Eventually he began to write outside the blues genre.
Around 1992-93 Wright formed Beggar Fusion with some old high school friends. The Beggar Fusion played around Winnipeg with other indie rock bands of the time like The Blue Meanies and Bent Out of Shape. Being from Charleswood these three bands became known as the “Charleswood Contingent”.
Wright temporarily joined The Blue Meanies. However, it soon became evident that he had to follow his own musical journey.
Around that time in 1998, Wright was recording music at a studio called Sunshine Records with bassist and engineer tech Leigh Filbert. One of the producers, Brandon Friesen asked Wright if he’d play several acoustic guitar tracks on an album they were recording; that album went on to win a Juno Award for Best of Aboriginal.
For the next several years Wright collaborated with many acts and eventually met Sherry St. Germain, daughter of Canadian iconic TV personality and recording artist. Wright & St. Germain cofounded the exciting and infectious dance band Pope’s Hill. In this time period Wright also recorded produced several tracks for My Many Moods a Ray St Germain release that went on to win awards in the Aboriginal music genre.
Around 2002 Wright began performing with well-known Winnipeg recording artists Keith and Renée, JP Hoe and Alana Levandoski. Pat played guitar on JP’s first EP and began performing and recording with BMG recording artists McMaster and James. During these years Pat toured extensively around Western and Eastern Canada.
Soon Wright joined Canadian EMI recording artist Amanda Stott on two year touring spree that spanned all of Canada, parts of the southern U.S and over seas. Pat now found himself as a busy working musician for hire, touring internationally with some of Canada’s most successful radio-recording artists. Despite the busy schedule Wright kept up with his own song writing and in 2004 recorded and released Courage.
Around 2005 Pat joined Amanda Stott and Steve Broadhurst on a tour of Afghanistan performing for Canada’s troops. This was a dynamic and emotionally trying tour and for the first time Pat was seeing the “Theatre of War” first-hand. The feature concert on this tour was to be the Kandahar Airfield Base Concert in Afghanistan. However, this concert was cut short by the death of a Canadian soldier killed in action just outside the base. It was an extremely emotional and sensitive time for everybody present; for the first time in Patrick’s life he really felt alone and even frightened to be so far from home.
During the next two years he continued touring with Amanda Stott and began work on a new original release entitled Conflicted under new management, with Glen Willows at Burning Circus Mgmt.
In 2008 PW moved to Toronto to perform as a multi-instrumentalist in the Broadway musical theatre hit The Jersey Boys, playing eight shows a week for two years from late 2008 to 2011.
Now a Toronto resident, Wright met EMI recording artist Mike Slute during a meeting with Canadian EMI Music Publishing President Mike McCarty. Slute and Wright began a long and fruitful song writing collaboration.
A while later he was reunited with Winnipeg brother and sister duo, Christian & Sara Dugas, on Zac Brown’s record label Southern Ground. Over the next year and a half they toured the southern US and Caribbean with “Dugas”. Amid these tours Pat met and shared the stage with some of America’s finest Country and Americana musicians such as Grammy Winner Jim Lauderdale, Edwin McCain, and Joe Purdy . These players and experiences had a great imprint on him – beautiful swooping harmonies, contrasting instrumentation, silky textures of the predominately American Folk acoustic music – in such a way that from that moment on he would begin to explore writing in the Americana genre.
Wright continued to write and collaborate with many musicians across Canada over the following 3 years and eventually moved back to Winnipeg from 2015 – 2016 where he rejoined some of his old musical colleagues from the New Meanies and All the Kings Men.
Relocating to Toronto in 2017, Wright resumed collaborations with Toronto artists as well as writing for commercial music houses. Currently, Wright travels and explores the world residing between Toronto, Canada and the far east.